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    DUTCH CLOCK MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    The Clock Museum

    Located in the main street in Zaanse Schans, is the 17th century bell-gabled Clock Museum. There is a good collection of Dutch Clocks from 1500 to 1850. They are exhibited in several rooms and they are in working order.

    Closed on Mondays, but open the rest of the week from 11- 5pm
    ADMISSION 5 euros

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    NOORDERHUIS COSTUME MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    Noorderhuis Costume Museum

    This Zaanses Merchant's House was built in 1670 and opened by Queen Juliana as a Costume Museum in 1972. It is the only residence in Zaanse Schans that is open to visitors. Inside are Period Costumes and Furniture, Paintings & Artefacts which was in use in the 19th Century by a Merchant family.
    Closed on Mondays. Open the rest of the week from 10 - 5pm
    ADMISSION 1.5euros.

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    SAWMILL - De Gekroonde Poelenburg

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    This Mill is open to the Public and is a "Paltrok" or "postmill" This is one of the last few that can be seen today. These Windmills are different to others, in that they have a three sided open work floor. often a dark facade, and the whole body of the Milll is rotated with the aid of a great ring of rollers , to turn the sails into the wind. This Windmill was built in 1869. In 1904, it was moved to Zaadam to replace a Mill that had burnt down, and in 1963, dismantled and moved to its present location.
    Open on Saturdays 10 - 5pm
    Admission 3 euros

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    CHEESE FARM @ ZAANSE SCHANS

    by balhannah Updated Jul 1, 2009

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    Another interesting shop to visit, is the Cheese Farm De Catherinahoeve. This is a replica of an original farm from the village of Oostzaan. It was built in 1988 and converted into a cheese farm. Cheese making demonstrations are held throughout the day, and there are plenty of free samples for you to try.
    Open from 8 - 6pm daily
    FREE ADMISSION

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    Industrial Windmills @ Zaanse Schans

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    One of the historic Windmills

    There are 6 Industrial Windmills located here that you can visit, all open at various times.
    The Windmills are:
    Mustard Mill (De Huisman) which is only open for sales 9-5pm Weekdays 10 -5pm Weekends
    Sawmill (De Gekroonde Poelenburg) Open Saturdays 10-5pm
    Paint Mill (De Kat) 9 -5.30pm Daily
    Oil Mill (De Zoeker) 9.30 - 5.30 Closed Saturdays
    Oil Mill ( De Bonte Hen) Open 10 - 5pm Saturday only
    Houtzaagmolen Het Jonge Schaap Open 9 - 5.30pm
    There are also 2 Smaller Windmills
    Sandstone pounding & Whetstone Mill (De Windhond)
    Pasture or Meadow Mill (De Hadel)

    All these times are for the month of May when I visited. In Winter, most Mills are open on the Weekends only, except for Jonge Schaap, which is open daily.
    The Windmills are lovely to visit, and are kept in good condition by the Windmill Society.
    The admission fee to visit a Windmill is 3 euro.

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    Visit the CLOGMAKER @ WOODEN SHOE WORKSHOP

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    The Wooden Shoe Workshop building is located near the entrance to Zaanse Schans. You can't miss it, because it has a large Yellow Clog sitting outside. Inside is a big display of Clogs that have been made through the ages. It was interesting to see all the different shapes, sizes, and decorations on the Clogs. You can also witness a Clog Making Demonstration which only takes about 15minutes to watch. A large selection of Souvenirs are in the shop also.

    Open........ March - October ( 9 - 6pm) November - February (9 - 5pm)
    Admission is FREE

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    Inside A Windmill

    by TrvlnGrrl Written Jun 3, 2006
    Inside Windmill

    Going Inside the windmill was fun. You can see how they use to operate. I think the one that I was in use to make paint and was really neat to see. If you can manage the steepest of Dutch stairs then go on up inside and look around. There is a great view from the upper level as well!

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    CLOGS

    by arlequin_g Written May 26, 2005

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    Are you interested in knowing how are they made? In the village there is a shop where you can see how they are made, you can have some made for you at the moment but not painted. In the shelves you’ll see hundreds of them in different colours. It will be hard to make up your mind and choose a pair.
    This shops is easy to be recognised. In the entrance there is a huge clog.

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    "de Zoeker"

    by Confucius Updated Apr 8, 2005

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    You must go inside the windmill to see it at work

    One highlight of your tour to Zaanse Schans will be a tour inside "de Zoeker", the name of the oldest active windmill used for making vegetable oil. De Zoeker ("The Seeker" in Dutch) was originally constructed in 1672.

    You can observe the entire milling process from the two large stone wheels to the heavy wooden pole pile-driver that ultimately squeezes out the oil. Everything is moving by wind power and it's fun to hear all the loud noises it makes.

    After this tour, you will appreciate even more all of the remaining windmills that you see in Holland.

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    Clockmuseom.

    by Alphons Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Het Zaansuurwerkmuseum.

    In this seventeenth-century building, which was originally an industrial building and later a private house, you can see a unique collection of clocks. You can see here a lot of old clock's, allso the famous "Zaanse Klokken".

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    Boat shaped clogs

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 23, 2004
    Clog Factory

    Just like windmills, wooden, boat shaped clogs have become trademarks of Holland. They come in different colors and designs, and prices, too.

    Before, I thought that these clogs are sold as souvenirs. It was only during our visit to the clog shop that I realized that it is also functional and can be worn daily. And that they really cost much.

    To appreciate the clogs more, visitors to the clog shop were treated to a 15 minute demonstration on how to make a clog.

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    Zaanse Schans

    by MATIM Written Apr 28, 2004

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    The best way to go to the Zaanse is Schans is by train, or you can park you car at the trainstation, because you have to pay a lot of money at the parkingspot near the museum.
    The museum is about 10 minutes walk from the station.
    When you walk across the bridge this is the first you see, actually it is a picture of the houses near the museum, I liked the vicinity very much

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    a clog workshop

    by MATIM Written Apr 9, 2004

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    'De Vrede'. The 'Vrede' warehouse is a former storage shed for grain and snuff. Part of the warehouse has been set up as a wooden shoe-museum, with one of the largest collections in Holland and now it accomodates a clog workshop, where the handmade clogs and other souvenirs are sold. Quite often, you can see the clogmaker at work.

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    Dye mill de Kat (the cat)

    by MATIM Written Mar 28, 2004

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    Dye mills added color to life.
    This windmill is a smock mill; only the cap with its sails are turned to face the wind by means of the capstan wheel at the bottom of the taill-pole.
    The horizontal rotary motion of the sails is converted into vertical rotary motion movement by the brake wheel and the wallower in order to power the machinery on the floor below. The brake wheel is surrounded by a wooden brake which makes it possible to stop the mill from turning.

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    Bakerymuseum In de Gecroonde Duyvekater

    by tompt Written Mar 26, 2004

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    The house dates back to 1658 and is called In de Gecroonde Duyvekater. Inside you will find a bakery from the 19th century. A small museum about bakeries can be visited via the shop, where you can buy old fashioned bakerygoods and candy.

    The name comes from the famous Zanns bread Duijvekater. It is a sweet bread that dates back to the middle ages. People then were christian, but many still worshipped the German gods. The breads made for offering were sweet and had the form of animals. One of those animals was a cat. The christians who thought this was wrong called the bread Devils Cat (duivelskater) which later became Duijvekater. The bread is still sweet but doen't have the form of a cat anymore.

    Open:
    september - june
    tuesday - sunday: 10.00 ? 17.00
    july and august
    every day 10.00 ? 17.00

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