Museum of the 20th Century
Krententuin 24 (Oostereiland)
1621 DG Hoorn (NH)
NEW: Free AudioTour in English!
Museum of the 20th Century
This unique museum was opened in 1994 and houses an impressive
collection of objects from the 20th Century which will appeal to
both young and old alike! Your visit will take you on a
nostalgic journey through the last century with something for
everyone, from young children to their grandparents. An
English audio tour is available and is free of charge at the
The Museum moved in 2011 to imposing new premises on
Oostereiland (Eastern Island) in the historic harbor of
Hoorn. The Museum has a lift and excellent facilities for
invalids as well as a Museum Shop, where you will find a large
selection of books and interesting and nostalgic gifts.
Over a two year period the former prison complex “De
Krententuin” was transformed to accommodate not only the Museum of
the 20th Century but also Cinema Oostereiland, together with a
comfortable Brasserie and a Tourist Information Centre. The
Brasserie is an ideal venue to relax with friends for a snack, a
meal or a drink/coffee. It has a superb panoramic view over the
IJsselmeer and Julianapark. A similar view of Hoorn and the
IJsselmeer can be enjoyed from the whole of Oostereiland.
During the summer the harbor bustles with pleasure boats, old
Dutch barges and cruise ships.
In the permanent Museum Collection you will find many familiar but
long forgotten items from the last century. These include the
first electrical gadgets and household equipment, to classical
children’s toys and games. Children can enjoy playing with
Lego and the younger children can entertain themselves with Thomas
the Train! You can visit a high street with Baker’s Shop,
Haberdashery, Hairdresser, Printers, and then wander through the
rooms styled according to the different decades of the 20th
century. There is also a classroom with wooden desks and
during school holidays sometimes children can sit in on a real
lesson, as lessons were given in the last century.
Exhibitions are planned throughout the year and currently we
have these exhibitions:
- 50 jaar Beatles Blokker 14-06-2014 till 02-11-2014
- Disney Mania 25-5-14 till 31-12-2014
50 Years Beatles Blokker in Museum of the 20th Century
On the 6th of June 2014, it will be 50 years ago that The
Beatles gave two legendary concerts in the agricultural auction
hall ‘Op Hoop van Zegen’ in the village of Blokker, close to the
city of Hoorn. These were the only concerts The Beatles ever gave
in The Netherlands and had a huge impact for our country. Even
though the visit of the rock group only took two days and the
concerts themselves not even half an hour, the establishment was
shaking to its foundation by the first taste of the emerging youth
culture in all of its ferocity and enthusiasm. According to some,
these concerts kick-started the sixties in our country.
The Museum of the 20th Century, in cooperation with society The
Beatles in Blokker, has prepared a wonderful exhibition that will
be on view for several months in the museum on Oostereiland. An
exhibition with never-before shown photographs from the concerts
themselves and their setting. Black-and-white photographs but also
rare colour ones! Also exhibited are numerous objects connected
with The Beatles and their concerts in Blokker in 1964.
“Disney Mania” is a wonderful exhibition about everything
Disney. From the first Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck toys from the
1930’s and 40’s to movies like Snow White, Fantasia, Mary Poppins
and Pinocchio; from the Disney theme parks to post-war merchandise;
from cartoons and books to recent computer-animated Pixar movies
like Toy Story and Finding Nemo. And of course, also the story of
Walt Disney himself, the man from whose brain it all stems.
Thanks to loans from marvellous private collections, the museum
in Hoorn can present a thorough retrospective of 90 years Disney in
all of its facets. Especially nice are the unique toys on display
from the first years of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. We can see
that there was lots of Disney merchandise right from the start,
from watches to dolls, and from games to play buckets. Objects that
were common once, but highly prices collectibles today. The museum
displays the most beautiful specimen, often along their original
Posters and ‘cells’ (the original drawings used in making the
animated cartoons), show us the advanced art involved in making the
movies that came out of the Disney studios. Movie clips,
photographs and objects will add to your appreciation of classics
like Snow White, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Never before
has such a stunning collection of Disney items been brought
together in the Netherlands. “Disney Mania” is a real family
exhibition, with a play corner for kids where they can put on
The Edison Room – a feast for eyes and ears
The Museum exhibits in its Edison Room a stunning collection of
audio material from the beginning of the last century. We are
privileged to have Jelle Attema’s collection of phonographs and
gramophones on loan to our Museum. The Edison Room conjures
up the authentic sphere from the 1900’s until the 1930’s.
We are located on Oostereiland, a peninsula in the harbor of
Hoorn is not far away from Amsterdam!
By car from Amsterdam it takes about 25 minutes to Hoorn.
By train from Amsterdam it takes about 33 minutes. There are two
fast trains per hour.
Directions by car
Hoorn is on the A7 (Amsterdam – Afsluitdijk – Leeuwarden).
You take the junction Hoorn (not West or Noord) and you follow the
blue ANWB (Tourist Office) signs HAVENS and by P-HAVENS you can
park your car free of charge. You would then walk for about
10 minutes to the Centrum (Centre) of Hoorn and you will see the
Green Arrows/signs for the Museum of the 20th Century. The
Route planner would take you directly to the Museum itself where
you cannot park so please follow the above directions.
Parking in Hoorn
The whole of the centre of Hoorn is PAID parking! Most of
the places are for Permit Holders only. It is sensible
therefore to park free of charge by P-HAVENS (Parking De Nieuwe
Wal). On Oostereiland only invalid parking is available. If
you are bringing goods to the Museum or if you are an invalid or
semi invalid you can announce this by the parking barrier at the
back of the Oostereiland. The barrier would then be
Touring Cars and Busses
Busses cannot arrive in front of the Museum of the 20th
Century. They should drop and pick up their passengers at the
beginning of Visserseiland about 200 meters away from the Museum.
Busses can also park on the parking lot De Nieuwe Wal, see
You should take the train to the main station of HOORN and then
follow the green arrows “musea” and ‘Museum van de Twintigste
Eeuw’. It is a pleasant walk taking about 20 minutes through
the historic old centre of Hoorn. You can also take a
taxi. There are small open electric tourist busses which
would also bring you from the Station to the Museum of the 20th