The Zuiderzee Museum, located on the Wierdijk in Enkhuizen, is a Dutch museum devoted to preserving Enkhuizen's cultural heritage as well as the maritime history of the Zuiderzee, and since 1932, the IJsselmeer. Open year-round, it consists of an "inside" and an "outside" museum, though the "outside" museum is only open in the summer.
Enkhuizen was an important shipping port for centuries until the Zuiderzee was enclosed by the afsluitdijk in 1932. According to the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
|“||Enkhuizen possesses a considerable fishing fleet and has some shipbuilding and rope-making, as well as market traffic.||”|
—Encyclopædia Britannica article on Enkhuizen, 1911, 
The "inside" museum, which is a string of 17th century buildings that once were VOC warehouses, contains temporary exhibition areas, as well as some permanent installations, most notably the ship's hall, which allows visitors a close-up view of some of the more common types of historical boats from Enkhuizen's rich fishing industry. Among these beautiful boats is the Sperwer, owned by the English adventurer Merlin Minshall Merlin Minshall, who sailed this boat from England to the Danube estuary in the 1930s. The indoor museum also displays artifacts from other aspects of Enkhuizen's cultural past, including art and furniture.
The "outside" museum was completed in 1983 and it recreates a village of small houses from all over the IJsselmeer region and represents the way people lived in the IJsselmeer in the 19th century and at the start of the 20th century.
The "inside" museum has a restaurant which itself is a National Heritage site, called the Peperhuis.
Pheme in the courtyard of the museum
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