If any area of the Netherlands has enjoyed prosperity, it’s the Zaanse Schans. In the 17th century it was even one of the most important industrial areas of Western Europe. If you’d like to get an impression of this wealthy past, be sure to visit the Zaans Museum.
Did you know that 600 windmills used to operate at any one time in the Zaan region? This is a clear indication that the Zaanse Schans was a hive of activity. It was where foodstuffs such as cocoa, rice and oil were produced and where household names such as Bruynzeel and Forbo opened branches. The museum covers the most significant boom periods. The three museum locations - the Cooperage, the Weaver House and Jisper House - on the Zaanse Schans are a must.
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An interesting part of the Zaans Museum is the Verkade Experience, where you can imagine yourself as a chocolate and biscuit factory worker in the early 20th century. The original machine operate at full speed and the history of Verkade comes to life.
|Address:||Schansend 7, Zaandam|
|Open:||Daily from 9am to 5pm|