Nieuw Land museum+archive+study centre

General information

Nieuw Land is a museum, archive and study centre in one, where people of all ages can discover and experience the history of Flevoland.


The Nieuw Land Museum presents the rich history of the area we now call Flevoland. Visitors to the museum can get a glimpse at the world of the prehistoric Swifterbant people, a group of hunters, fishermen and gatherers who lived here six thousand years ago.
The IJssel Lake (IJsselmeer) was formerly the Zuiderzee and served as an indispensable link in a variety of transport networks, where many a ship went down with all hands in the stormy billows. An archaeological treasure trove was unearthed when the Zuiderzee was reclaimed, making Flevoland the largest ship cemetery on dry land anywhere in the world.
Of course, the museum's central theme is the largest reclamation project ever: the Zuiderzee Project. The project originated on the drawing board of Cornelis Lely and was carried out by the polder workers. How do you go about developing newly reclaimed land and what will the future hold for this area?

There's also plenty for children to do at Nieuw Land: a special children's presentation allows them to step into the shoes of a dyke builder, archaeologist or lockkeeper. Fun experiments and games teach them all about one of the key challenges facing the Netherlands throughout its history: water management.
Texts of the permanent exhibitions are available in English, French and German.


Nieuw Land also holds the archives of the province of Flevoland. The tens of thousands of photographs, documents, maps, drawings and archaeological finds stored here lay the foundation of everything we know about the Zuiderzee Project. The collection in storage presents the long history of Flevoland: starting with prehistoric times and moving through the turbulent waves of the Zuiderzee to the new land that was created with the unique Zuiderzee Project.

Study centre

Nieuw Land is also a research centre. Admission is free for visitors of the study centre, which offers a specialised library in which to study the various archives and collections. Nieuw Land also conducts its own research, collaborating with various Dutch universities. The results are published and frequently provide material for exhibitions and educational programmes.

For day trips and conferences

Nieuw Land is a great place for group visits. The venue has several conference rooms with all the necessary facilities for meetings or gatherings. With Batavia Wharf, Batavia Harbour and the Batavia Stad Outlet Centre adjacent, a visit to Nieuw Land can easily be extended to a full day out with something for everyone.

Our team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will be happy to take your group on a tour of the museum, with tours offered in Dutch, French, German and English. We also offer various special arrangements to cater to all your wishes. Please note that special conditions apply to group visits.

Café-Restaurant De Cantine

Visitors can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea, pastry, lunch, dinner and more at affordable prices at this replica of the original canteen on the Lelystad Work Island. De Cantine has a sunny terrace with splendid views of the Marker Lake and is well equipped to cater to large groups of people.
Don't hesitate to enquire about the possibilities:
Tel.: +31 (0) 320 225 975
E-mail: decantine@nieuwlanderfgoed.nl
Website: www.restaurantdecantine.nl

Practical information

Nieuw Land is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During official school holidays we are open on Mondays as well. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays Nieuw Land is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Study Centre is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nieuw Land is closed on New Year's Day and Christmas Day (25 December). Nieuw Land is wheelchair accessible.

Admission prices

Adults: € 14.00
Children: (aged 0-3) free
Children (aged 4-17): € 7,50
Family Card: € 36 (2 adults and 2 children)
Students: € 9,50
Museumkaart holders: admission free

Children groups (4-12 years) € 5,50
School groups (>20 persons): € 7.50
Groups adults from 20 visitors and up: € 11.50

Special prices touroperators: contact info@nieuwlanderfgoed.nl

Management team

H. (Hans) Maris, director
drs. W.H.J. (Wil) van der Most: Head of the Research and Collections Department / Deputy Director

Contact details

Nieuw Land
Oostvaardersdijk 113
Postbus 73
8200 AB Lelystad, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 320 225 900
Fax: +31 (0) 320 260 436
E-mail: info@nieuwlanderfgoed.nl


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