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Interactive museums in the Hanseatic cities

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When you think of museums, do you think of dusty display cases, long texts or boring subjects? The interactive museums in the Hanseatic Cities prove that a day sniffing culture doesn't have to be boring at all! Travel through time and learn all about the Hanseatic Cities.

ANNO Stadsmuseum Zwolle

For true blue-fingers and non Zwolle residents alike, ANNO Stadsmuseum Zwolle is a must-visit. Here you will learn all about the rich history of the Hanseatic city. With augmented reality, the museum comes to life. In each room of the museum you scan a QR code. A person then appears on your phone telling a story. Archaeology, building history, monuments and archives all come together here. No corner in the ANNO is left unused to let you experience the culture and history of this special Hanseatic city.

Dutch Bakery Museum Hattem

Who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked bread? In Hattem, the Nederlands Bakkerijmuseum takes you on a delicious journey through time. From traditional breads to delicious Dutch pastries, here you'll learn all about the history of baking. The interactive museum is located in four monumental buildings, connected by a mysterious tunnel. Watch the bakers at work, feel the flour between your fingers and taste the results of centuries of craftsmanship. To conclude your visit to this museum, stop by the poffertjesalon. Here you can see the bakers at work and eat poffertjes from grandmother's time.

For the kids there is a party here every Saturday. They then get the chance to bake their own cake and learn the tricks of the baking trade. A tasty reminder of the visit!

Nederlands Bakkerijmuseum
Nederlands Bakkerijmuseum

The Butter Museum Elburg

When visiting the picturesque Hanseatic town of Elburg, a trip to the Bottermuseum should not be missed. The museum, located in the old fish auction, gives you a glimpse into the life of fishermen on the Zuiderzee.

Thanks to the interactive exhibits and the opportunity to step aboard a real botter, you will learn all about botter building, fishing and the hard life at sea. You also get to roll up your own sleeves here! For example, you get the unique opportunity to 'caulk'. This is an old craft in which the seams between the planks of a ship are made watertight. An interactive experience you won't soon forget!

Toy Museum Deventer

With more than 14,000 toys, the 'Speelgoedmuseum' has the largest toy collection in the Netherlands. From teddy bears to dolls and trains to robots, the toy chest at this interactive museum in Deventer is huge! Have you been thinking back to your childhood?

But it doesn't stop at just looking; there is also plenty to do and experience for children here. For example, children (and adults) can let their creativity run wild in the Work Room. When the sun shines, the outdoor play route at the Toy Museum is an absolute must-do. This unique route combines old and new games and takes you through Deventer's beautiful historic city center. It is a wonderful way to enjoy both the fun of games and the impressive Hanseatic past.

Toy Museum Deventer
Toy Museum Deventer

The Eel Museum Harderwijk

The eel is not just another fish for the Hanseatic city of Harderwijk; it is a symbol of the city's rich maritime heritage. Over the centuries, these fish have played an important role in the culture and economy of this charming port city. The 'Aalmuseum' invites you to discover this special story, from the fascinating life cycle of the eel to the art of catching eels. Step inside and dive into Harderwijk's fishing history.

Eel Museum
Eel Museum

Interactive displays and exhibits allow you to see, feel and sometimes even smell how these mysterious fish live. Follow a filleting demonstration, watch an animated film about the fish and smoke the eel yourself in a game!

Mustard Museum Doesburg

From one Hanseatic specialty to another: visit the Mustard Museum! The mustard factory has been enriching the city since 1457. More than 500 years later, the mustard made by Gosen Momme, the founder of the factory, is as popular as ever. The so-called "farmer's mustard" is therefore still made here the old-fashioned way! In the Mustard Museum you will learn all about the craft. Admire the old mustard mills and see how the mustard is prepared. And of course you will also get the chance to taste the Doesburg specialty!

Mustard Museum Doesburg
Mustard Museum Doesburg