Nieuw Land is a museum, archive and study centre in one, where
people of all ages can discover and experience the history of
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
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.
The topic of Sink or Swim is Dutch people and water.
About sixty percent of the Netherlands is below sea level, and,
without dykes and dunes, the city of Amersfoort would be located
beside the sea. And yet, the Netherlands is among the most
prosperous countries in the world. Sink or Swim shows how
Dutch people have succeeded in this. It is the story of dams and
dykes (which, if combined, would cover half the globe), terps
(artificial dwelling hills), polders and reclaimed land. Sink
or Swim also considers the future: how can Dutch people keep
their land dry as the sea level is rising and the great rivers
transport ever-increasing amounts of water?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Adults: € 9.00
65+: € 8.00
Children (aged 4-17) € 4.00
Museumkaart holders: admission free
School- or children groups (>20 persons): € 3.50
Groups adults from 20 visitors and up: € 7.50
Special prices touroperators: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Verdaasdonk, director a.i.
Ms drs. W.H.J. (Wil) van der Most: Head of the Research and Collections Department / Deputy Director
Ms. drs. J. (Joke) Bosch, Head of Public Affairs and Presentations a.i.
8200 AB Lelystad, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 320 225 900
Fax: +31 (0) 320 260 436
Please note: General Terms and Conditions governing Visits to Nieuw Land