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Texel has a large number of interesting museums, with new exhibitions being put on every year. And this year even sees the addition of a new museum!
An exhibition dedicated to letter writing is opening at Oudheidkamer on 1 April. It is inspired by the 18th century letters of a young Texel woman called Aagje Luijtsen to her beloved husband Harmanus, who as a Dutch East India Company helmsman spent years away from home. Many of Aagje’s letters have survived and provide a wealth of information. And these are not the only letters to be displayed at Oudheidkamer, with many more letters written by Texel islanders from days gone by being exhibited at the museum.
Want to learn more about Harmanus and the era of the Dutch East India Company? Visit Kaap Skil.
Early April sees the official opening of the first real Sheep Museum in The Netherlands. It is housed in an authentic Texel sheep barn situated on cheese farm Wezenspyk. At the museum, you can find out all there is to know about the world-famous ‘Texelaar’ breed of sheep.
The new Waterkamer (Water Room) at Kaap Skil is about dike protection on Texel: about the disastrous floods in 1953, during which a dike burst on Texel and six people drowned, and about the innovative sand dike with which the Waddenzee sea dike will be strengthened this year. Virtual reality glasses allow you to experience the flooding of the museum site.
A large part of the permanent exhibition at Ecomare is making way for the Kennis uit Zee (Knowledge from the Sea) exhibition. Here, you can see what researchers who are active in the Waddenzee area and North Sea are studying. How far does a seal swim? What stowaways hitch a ride with ships? The exhibition opens before Easter.