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Dutch Cheese Museum

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Address: Waagplein 2, 1811 JP Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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+31 72 515 5516

On the 6th of March 2014 the Dutch King Willem-Alexander reopened the...

On the 6th of March 2014 the Dutch King Willem-Alexander reopened the redesigned Dutch Cheese Museum. The museum received its millionth visitor since 1983, in 2013, marking the start of the complete redesign. In 2014, the story continues 'From Cow to Cheese ' intact, but in a new setting, in the beautiful Weigh House. Both regional day visitors, tourists and children on a schooltrip experience the world of cheese through historical objects, interactive games and audio-visual stories. A great experience for young and old! Follow the Dutch Cheese Museum on Facebook, but above all bring a visit to this friendly museum in Alkmaar.

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The cheese museum is located in a beautiful historic building. The displays are very educational and in three languages. The staff is friendly and nice. I learned a lot about... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The cheese museum is located in a beautiful historic building. The displays are very educational and in three languages. The staff is friendly and nice. I learned a lot about cheese making and the history of cheese in the Netherlands. It's a great museum for kids.

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Breukelen Ut
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

This museum tells you about the history of cheese making. They have a short movie in Dutch and English (they will start if if you ask a staff member). Friendly staff. Part of the museum is geared towards children, but (grand)parents will find interesting stuff about cheese they did not know before too.

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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Interesting museum and very friendly staff to help you understand how Alkmaar has become the centre of cheese in Holland. It is not very big, but all is well explained and there are a fair number of "touch and see" that would please the youngsters. While watching the movie, we were given cheese to eat, which was a nice treat... More 

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

The story of cheese-making sounds dull and boring but is in fact a bit of a lesson in how rural life in The Netherlands became caught up in commerce and industry. The museum has many interactive exhibits and is very child-friendly. An excellent way to spend an hour or two. You even get a piece of cheese to snack on... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

While visiting friends in the Netherlands we decided to visit the Dutch Cheese Museum. The museum itself is very small it gives information and you more or less walk around. It was nice to get to know about all the cheeses the Dutch are famous for but it was not something I would recommend. We have been to other places... More 

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

We were welcomed at a reception glad and happy, and we were offered to taste different types of cheese. Escorted tours in English as well, so we've been able to understand everything. I was able to learn a lot about cheese production, past and present. It is highly recommended for lovers of cheese.

Thank May F
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

If you know nothing about cheese processing you may find this interesting, otherwise the cheese sample at the start of your experience may be the best bit. Well laid out but not really worth the visit except for the view of the market square from the 2nd floor.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

This is fantastic! More to see than you would imagine. The best cheese is Old Amsterdam and I have to look for it sometimes. Plenty to read about. Probably the best place to have a cheese museum seeing that they have a cheese fair here too. It is a serious issue. Cheese.

1 Thank debsoriginal
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

This museum gave much information into the making of cheese. There was even a film in English so we could understand the process and then when we viewed the exhibits we understood what the pieces were for and what they did. Several interactive exhibits - fun for adults and kids!

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

I learned a lot / never knew the difference between Edam and Gouda- now I do . Nice movie, sample of cheese- learn the science and history behind this Dutch cheese Industry .


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