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
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 four different exhibitions:
Memories from the Dutch East Indies until
21-04-2014 Women in the 20th Century until 05-01-2014 Dik Bruynesteyn, 65 years of sport caricatures
until 02-02-2014 60 years of the Golden Book Series (for children)
The exhibition over the Dutch East Indies lets you experience
how life was in the former Dutch Colony. You will find
travelling trunks, posters, Indonesian interiors, schools,
furniture, and clothing and many other items contributing to “tempo
doeloe” or the “good old days”.
The exhibition over Women in the 20th Century shows how
radically life has changed for Dutch women during the last hundred
years. From the kitchen sink to emancipation, from caring for
the family to working outside the home.
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