Despite it being late June, the day we went was cold and blustery: the wind kicked off the sea sending violent sprays of water everywhere (i.e. even with a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater, a jacket, AND a scarf, I was still wet and freezing. Holland, is this really "summer"?!) and forced us to seek entertainment indoors. Luckily, Volendam has fascinating museum called, appropriately enough, Volendam Museum.
With only five rooms, the museum itself is small, and definitely won't take more than an hour to walk through without missing anything. Despite its diminutive size, displays are packed with the details of traditional Dutch life. Miniatures like the one above show the tools and equipment necessary for shipbuilding, as well as the typical goings-on of life as it was 150 years ago.
My favorite exhibits showed life-sized mannequins in costumes and rooms that weren't merely replications - they were, in fact, saved from homes in the area that were set to be demolished, until the museum rescued these artifacts and heirlooms. For example, this "apple-blossom interior" dates from 1820 and was in use until 1967. The bedstead in the far left corner was painted blue to fight against insects and was meant to fit three children, and what looks like a carpet is actually a sail that was used as a floor covering during the winter months.
The photograph above shows the details characteristic of a living room in the 1920s. The furniture includes a glazed cabinet with china and bric-a-brac, a cupboard with images of Roman Catholic saints, and a lampshade with 14,000 beads. Mostly, though, I like the strange waxiness of the models, hands forever posed with cards or in reach of a nearby teapot.
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