Dutch Costume Museum
What You’ll Do
• Visit the Dutch Costume Museum that exhibits a collection of the Dutch National Costumes
• Discover this remarkable aspect of Dutch cultural history
• Spoil yourself in the best museumshop of Amsterdam
• Admire the traditional costumes
• Your picture in Volendammer costume in our photostudio.
Explore the Dutch Costume Museum and discover this aspect of Dutch cultural history on the basis of the folk costumes and stories in a beautifull 17th century canalhouse!
For young and old , fashion forward , and anyone interested in history and craft of fashion, design and Dutch cultural heritage.
What to Expect
The collection provides an overview of the most important local costumes worn by everyday people in the past, and still worn in some villages today. Discover this remarkable aspect of Dutch cultural history on the basis of the folk costumes and stories!
The Dutch Costume Museum shows the craftsmanship, artistry and passion that created the Dutch traditional costume. The collection encompasses a cross-section of local traditional dress and folk art per region. Each region has it own garb, with variations in different villages or stages of life, such as marriages and mourning after a death.
The museum houses seven rooms, each room decorated with motives and in colors characteristic for a specific region. There are beautiful photo’s of famous Photographers like Jimmy Nelson, Henk van der Leeden, Bert Verhoeff and Mirjam Bleeker. In every individual room, the people wearing the folk costumes tell stories, giving an explanation on the function of their clothes. Amongst others, the different costumes come from Volendam, Marken, Hindeloopen, Staphorst, Spakenburg, Urk and Zeeland.
The museum is housed in a 17th-century canal house at Herengracht, around the corner of Leidsestraat in the center of Amsterdam. In 1665, rope maker Jan Jacobszn van Gelder purchased the plot of land on which he built house numbers 427 and 429. The carpenter Cornelis de Roos had a facade with neck gables constructed in 1700, a feature that is still visible today. The interior contains an original Blue Delft toilet, which is still in use.
The museum shop has unique items on sale: jewellery, handcrafted products, writing materials, textile products of traditional fabrics and special children’s gifts. The museum is open for everyone during opening hours.
A perfect souvenir to bring back home from your trip to Amsterdam
We can make tailor-made arrangements in or after opening hours for special groups or business events. We can offer you private guides, high tea of Dutch liquor arrangement in our Old-Dutch kitchen. The museum is a great location to show your business relatives the Dutch traditional costumes and crafts in a beautiful canal house from 1670.