Maritime & Beachcombers Museum

Maritime & Beachcombers Museum information

Location
Texel , The Netherlands
Address
Heemskerckstraat 9
Oudeschild
Telephone
+31 222 314 956
More information
www.texelsmaritiem.nl
Prices
adult/child €7.50/5.50
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sat, noon-5pm Sun
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Texel museums are a mixed bag, but the Maritime & Beachcombers Museum is a real winner. Its extraordinary variety of junk recovered from sunken ships and the shore is mind-boggling – and both tragic and comic. In the outdoor section there are demonstrations by rope-makers, fish-smokers and blacksmiths, while the indoor displays cover everything from underwater archaeology to windmill technology.

Reede van Texel, which the museum translates accurately as Texel Roads, has nothing to do with asphalt but rather is a vast and amazingly detailed model of the shipping lanes and ports as they existed in the 17th century. Two hours will float away here just like a lost bottle at sea. A new entrance opened in 2012 only makes this fine museum even better.

The maritime museum and Ecomare are covered by the CombiKaart ticket available from the tourist office.