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Museum Zaanse Tijd

Museum Zaanse Tijd, the Dutch clock and watch museum, honors an old tradition of the Zaan region. In the world’s first industrial area, the first modern clock industry emerged from the windmill industry. Subsequently the history of time accellerated.
We make the history of time in the Zaanstreek and in the Netherlands accessible in order to entertain and inspire as many people as possible.
We are the proud heirs of Cornelis Michielszoon Volger, the miller’s son who became a clockmaker. He made a unique masterpiece, but around 1680 he also developed a relatively cheap and simple timepiece, which is evidence for his familiarity with mill construction.
He laid the foundation for an ancient tradition of the Zaan region. His simple clock became an important export item and an epitome of the Dutch Golden Age that saw a huge revival in the 1960s.
Since 1976 the museum has been established at the Zaanse Schans in a picturesque 17th century living/working dwelling with an authentic interior. In this house you can taste the old craft of the clockmaker.
The Zaanse clocks industry was a forerunner of industrial production of timepieces. This made the right time attainable to everyone. Time thus became a commodity, but have we become happier?

Read more about things to do and see.

Read more about history and time measurement.

Read more about our collection. You’ll find our bookstore here too.

Museum Zaanse Tijd

Kalverringdijk 3
Zaanse Schans 
1509 BT Zaandam
075 – 61 797 69

Gratis te bezoeken voor Museumjaarkaarthouders.

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Museum Zaanse Tijd


Maandag10:00 – 17:00
Dinsdag10:00 – 17:00
Woensdag10:00 – 17:00
Donderdag10:00 – 17:00
Vrijdag10:00 – 17:00
Zaterdag10:00 – 17:00
Zondag10:00 – 17:00

Koningsdag, 1e Kerstdag en Oud & Nieuw gesloten.

Ontvangsten buiten openingstijden, rondleidingen en raadpleging museumbibliotheek mogelijk op aanvraag.