Biesbosch Museum

Biesbosch Museum, National Park De Biesbosch: Hours, Address, Biesbosch Museum Reviews: 4/5

Biesbosch Museum
11:00 - 17:00
13:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
As one of the last extensive freshwater tidal wetlands in Northwestern Europe, De Biesbosch National Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Created following the St. Elizabeth flood of 1421, this marshland serves as a source of inspiration for many a photographer, birdwatcher, holidaymaker, artist and cultural institution. The Biesbosch MuseumEiland charts the past, the present and the future of the area, and places special emphasis on how man has helped to shape and make use of the area. And all in an award-winning building... In and around the museum After a spot of fish and sea-eagle spotting, and a boat ride or stroll amongst the beavers and castles, the museum is the perfect place to stop off for a coffee. It's "a surprisingly varied location" according to one visitor. The Biesbosch experience, a scale model of the area including polders, dykes and streams, provides children with a fun an educational exploration of the region's hydrological features and importance. A 45-minute demonstration will show you how the area's water level goes from extremely low to extremely high and back. "A fantastic building, perfectly fitting for the environment" The museum was opened in 1994 and extended in 2001. The building features a green roof on which grass flourishes and provides sustainable insulation. The building has been nominated for the award of Building of the Year 2016 by the renowned ArchDaily and has received two awards at the Architizer Awards 2016, including the public prize. Discover Dutch resourcefulness Just a stone's throw from the attractive city of Dordrecht, you can discover the typical Dutch approach to water, a place where battles against the water have been fought, polders constructed and where man has tamed nature. And a place where flood protection has been achieved by depolderisation, to give areas of wetland back to mother nature. Come and experience how man and nature can work together.
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120 reviews
Very good

Sarah F
Kenya22 contributions
De Biesbosch Museum
Feb 2020 • Friends
It’s water museum...a detail explanations how the Dutch people lived and made dykes. Then it captures WWII they managed to cheat the Germans into disappearing. There’s a coffee shop can take a beer or coffee or tea after the tour!
Written 9 February 2020
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Rudolf B
358 contributions
Expected better
Sep 2019
Drove up here 1.5 hours in the weekend.
Reserved 3 places on the "whisperboat" beforehand thru internet for a specific time just to be sure.
Free parking, so that's nice. Museum isn't as large as I hoped for, and the main feature movie seemed to be skipping through scenes, probably still old-school optical CD/DVD medium; very disappointing as I found that to be main feature of the museum.
Found the whisperboat tour a bit boring, not a lot to see except for some big birds.
No beavers, but slim chances during the day.
Restaurant is actually ok, and they have some interesting albeit slightly hoppy beers.
Written 18 September 2019
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Ohringen, Germany18 contributions
Nice tour with wisper boat but unfortunately only in dutsch
Jul 2019 • Family
We were with our 1,5 year old boy on a tour with the wisper boat. As we were in the morning only two other couples were on the boat with us. The tour was really nice, unfortunately the guide was only speaking in dutch. Some things we could understand, but most of it not. Afterwards we were to the museum. The museam is modern and descriptive. We received at the beginning a german handbook, this was really helpfull as the exhibition was only in dutch. At the end there war a playground outside where the children could play with water, open and close watergates etc.. Our child loved this. If you have time, you can also have a walk on the little island.
Written 27 July 2019
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Sandton, South Africa1,622 contributions
More knowledge from staff is needed
May 2019 • Couples
Beautiful National Park. The staff was very friendly but they should have more knowledge about happenings in the area and some rstaurants information. More information and books on birds e.g. in English and Germsn
Written 29 May 2019
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Chloe N
Coventry, UK55 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
I visited the old museum a few years ago while visiting a local friend, but recently came again and we visited the new museum which was immensely improved. The exhibitions were colourful and eye-catching as well as informative. My Dutch is very poor, but when we arrived the woman at the desk offered to put the introduction video on in English and provided me with an English booklet. There were still some signs which were not translated in the booklet, but as I was with locals this was not an issue. The quantity of information provided in English would still have been plenty even without my Dutch speaking friends. Unfortunately the weather was poor so I did not see the outside areas, but they looked like they would be great in good weather.
Written 11 February 2019
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands8,618 contributions
Great museum and electric boattour
Aug 2018 • Couples
It would have gotten an 'excellent' rating if more attention was given to non-Dutch speakers. You kinda have to understand Dutch to really enjoy this museum and boattour.
Written 26 August 2018
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Jonas K
7 contributions
Interesting history but only in dutch
Aug 2018 • Couples
I do speak a lil bit of dutch but Belgian dutch so i still found it hard to understand what the captain of the bout tour were saying because of the accent. The explanation or short description about the stuffs that you will see inside the museum and also video clips there are also in dutch. Ps, subtitles are also not available.

But i was lucky i had someone to explain everything to me so i still had a good time.

Right next to the museum is a cafetaria. The foods and drinks are not pricey and really delicious.

So if you are planning to visit this place, i suggest you bring a friend who is a native dutch speaker with you, do the boat tour around 11am, enjoy your lunch there, then visit the museum and lastly, enjoy walking or biking in the park (you can do the 2.5km walk, or 10km, up to you)
Written 18 August 2018
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Addy L
Sloten, The Netherlands31 contributions
Nice introduction but only in Dutch
Aug 2018 • Friends
This museum is a nice introduction into the history of the Biesbosch - from the start during a 15th century flood until the present. Not many original artifacts though, the story is mainly told by pictures, videos and stories. It is only in Dutch to my surprise. Would expect it to be much more interesting if there was some information in English. If you do not speak Dutch, I would skip this one
Written 3 August 2018
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Rebecca S
Canada25 contributions
First Stop in the Netherlands.
Apr 2017 • Friends
This was the first place that I visited in the Netherlands. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the area and people from times past. I had two friends with me that were native Dutch speakers, so they could translate what was written or give more information about some of the equipment and displays.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in the Museum as well as walking the path in the wooded area a short distance from this Museum. Everything that I saw was interesting, it was either heartbreaking information about during the war or it was informative information about what the people did or used to make a living. And I found that by the time we reached the end of the displays inside of the building that I was not wanting to be at the end. It was a relaxing and wonderful learning experience.
I enjoyed the café off to the side of the exit from the Museum, beautiful view through the glass windows, and I did not feel rushed to leave the building. When we left, I purchased some items from their gift shop, they had some beautiful wood carved key rings that I could not pass up.
Overall this was a fantastic Museum to stop at for the day, although I would say either know Dutch or know someone who knows Dutch as there is not much written in English in this Museum. But that does not bother me, as I knew going to visit most would be in Dutch as that is the main language of the country.
Written 31 March 2018
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Leon Z
Drunen, The Netherlands1,176 contributions
Learning about the history of the Biesbosch
Feb 2018 • Couples
On a sunny but winterly Sunday afternoon we have visited this very nice museum which is on the north side of the Biesbosch and a fairly long drive from the highway. However the drive to the museum is already a nice road overlooking seldom seen landscapes. Arriving at the museum there is ample and free parking space available and the entrance in a very nice building is close by. The museum is very well fitted in the landscape and does not disturb the view of the area at all. Inside the space is roomy, white and light with many different area filled with exhibits. The recommendation is to start with the movie about the history of the area so that the exhibits are better understandable and it's clear where they fit in the history of the Biesbosch region. It is amazing to find out how the landscape has evolved by adaptation of the people living in the area on how they could benefit from the land and the water by the evolving circumstances.Apart from the regular exhibition there is also a roomy area where this time a painting exposition was on display with winter views of the Biesbosch in the snow. The painter just deceased before the exhibition took place but it is a postume tribute to the artist. Also outside the building there is a nice overview of the Biesbosch in the terrain and a nice walking path to overlook the area. And there is a possibility to climb on top of the museum building to have a nice 360 degree overview of the area as well which the photos demonstrate. In all an interesting museum which is worthwhile to visit once more in a different season.
Written 19 February 2018
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Biesbosch Museum is open:
  • Mon - Mon 13:00 - 17:00
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00