Museum of the 20th Century
Museum of the 20th Century
This unique museum opened in 1994 and houses an impressive collection of objects from the 20th Century that 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 at the reception free of charge.
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 disabled people 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 for a snack, a meal or a drink. 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.
Our current temporary exhibition is:
PLAYMOBIL, 40 Years Joyof Playing
3 April 2015 – 3 January 2016, Museum of the 20th Century, Krententuin 24, (Oostereiland), www.museumhoorn.nl
The first PLAYMOBIL figures started their career back in 1974 smiling brightly into the world. Now years later, they have won the hearts of millions of children around the world and countless youngsters have played with them at one time or another.
The exhibition now taking place in the Museum of the 20th Century PLAYMOBIL, 40 years Joy of Playing is a spectacular event that you will definitely not want to miss.
The highlight of the exhibition is a gigantic, intricately built landscape containing hundreds of thousands of PLAYMOBIL figures. In other large showcases several further complete PLAYMOBIL scenes have been created. The exhibition also contains three dimensional models with endless detailing and a staggering scale of Pirates, Noah’s Ark, and SeaWorld.
As large-as-life PLAYMOBIL figures: man-sized pirates, princesses and robots, and even a supersized dragon. However, it’s not just merely looking at this exhibition: there’s plenty you can also do yourself! Special areas have been created throughout the Museum where you can play games, plus other locations where you can immortalise the moment with a stunning photograph.
History and development
The widely popular toy PLAYMOBIL is manufactured by the German company Geobra Brandstätter. In the early seventies, Hans Beck, head of the development department, invented the PLAYMOBIL toy figures and created a whole new toy concept with it. Today, the firm has produced over 2.7 billion figures. If you stood them all up on their feet with their arms held wide, you would get a chain that could stretch around the world three times.
The first PLAYMOBIL figures created in 1974 looked quite different to the ones you see today. They had a monochrome body, simple hairdos and their hands were fixed, but they already had the familiar smiling face. The prototypes produced were a knight, a construction worker and a Native American Indian. These and all other early types are included in the exhibition together with the history of PLAYMOBIL and the Geobra Company.
This exhibition was organized with the full cooperation of PLAYMOBIL, PLAYMOBIL BENELUX and several private collectors from The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
The Edison Room – a feast for eyes and ears
We are located on Oostereiland, a peninsula in the harbor of Hoorn.
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 lifted.
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 instructions above.
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 Century.
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