Museum of the 20th Century
Museum of the 20th Century
This unique museum opened in 1994. It 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 that offers 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 in the historic harbour of Hoorn. The Museum has an elevator and other excellent facilities for disabled people. It furthermore has 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 Brasserie and a Tourist Information Centre. A superb view of Hoorn and the IJsselmeer can be enjoyed from the whole of Oostereiland. During the summer the harbour bustles with pleasure boats, old Dutch barges and cruise ships.
Our current temporary exhibitions are:
“Store Wars, 40 years merchandise”
Till 29 October 2017
The first Star Wars film hit the world in 1977 and became a best seller overnight. And children not only wanted to see the film! They wanted the toys. The demand was far greater than what the manufacturer could produce. Things were even so bad that they sold empty boxes for Christmas. The people were given a certificate guaranteeing them the action figures later that year.
Star Wars has been entertaining generations for 40 years. This is the reason the Museum of the 20th Century gives a stunning overview of 40 years Star Wars merchandise.
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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