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Watersnoodmuseum

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Address: Weg van de Buitenlandse Pers 5, 4305 RJ Ouwerkerk, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 111 644 382
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A must for understanding the history of the island

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the exhibits in the Caissons are of high quality. The introductory film is very moving and the format of the 4 caissons moving from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
DutchIan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the exhibits in the Caissons are of high quality. The introductory film is very moving and the format of the 4 caissons moving from the 1953 disaster to the rebuilding and preparations for the future works well. Staff are friendly and helpful. The volume of photographic material is huge and it... More 

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Thank DutchIan
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Worthwhile to wander through the museum viewing artifacts and memorials of the 1953 flood. Well done! An educational experience

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Reinach, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Nice interesting place but extrem arrogant people (except. cafeteria). Starting at ticket counter to the shop at the end of the museum and if you want to turn back from there. employees seem to long for their time off already 30min before closing. I just was kicked out!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Arriving at the Watersnoodmuseum which is a collection of four World War 2 Mulberry Harbours (caissons)it is hard to believe that you are standing at the exact location of the dyke breach in 1953. Today the caissons lie in a landscaped grassy field and the force of the North Sea is held back by the Eastern Scheldt Barrier over 20... More 

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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Set inside four "spare" WW2 caissons this museum tells the story of the 1953 floods and how the land was reclaimed from the sea. Films and exhibits guide you through -if you don't speak english or flemish it may be more difficult to follow. We drove a circuit around the Delta works of Zeeland and this museum really helped to... More 

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Thank Alison S
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The Watersnoodmuseum is a little out of the way but worth the effort if you are touring this part of the Netherlands. Provides the background for the massive flood protection engineering works that are the feature of this reason and the 1953 floods that brought it all about. Located quite uniquely in four caissons, the museum is modern, well organised... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The story of the 1953 floods, which all Dutch people are know about, is how this place started. But it has now become much more than that. Visitors move through 4 'caissons' each with a different theme, and learn about real people sufffering in the tragedy, as well as how they solved it. There is a audio guide for English... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

From the outside, four huge concrete caissons may not looking inviting, but once inside everything is transformed into a wonderful exhibit about the 1953 flood and the efforts of the Dutch people to take on nature and control it. Everything had English translations and we even had the excellent audio equipment to add more information. The journey through each caisson... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

During the night of February 1, 1953, the islands were deeply flooded and dykes failed by the unusually high tide caused by a storm. More than 1800 persons lost their lives. This museum explains to the visitors what happened that night and the recovery that followed. This museum is inside of caissons left over from World War II. Very well... More 

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Went here as part of an included excursion with Viking Cruises, so I didn't have to pay for admission. But I would highly recommend this even if you had to pay. It chronicles the destruction of a community from a severe storm. Somewhat similar to Katrina or Sandy. It also describes the rebuilding effort as well as how the Dutch... More 

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