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A fun and interesting day out for the whole family is guaranteed at Kaap Skil, Oudeschilds museum about beachcombers and seafarers. The special building in which the museum is housed has won a large number of architectural prizes in recent years and features a number of unique exhibitions. These include the huge scale-model of the Texel Roads, which comes to life with light and sound, and the collection of underwater archaeology. Prepare to be surprised about the extensive beachcombers collection and step inside old fishermen's huts and shops. There is plenty for children to experience here too.
There's no storyteller like a beachcomber. They all like to talk about their finds and their adventures on the beach.
That's not all though. The museum in Oudeschild has much more for visitors to see and experience too. You can take a look at how Texel fishing families lived, old sea dogs regularly give demonstrations on rope-making and fish smoking and you can also find out everything there is to know about the Texel Roads, the famous VOC and sea heroes like Michiel de Ruyter, who was once a familiar presence in Oudeschild.
Visitors to the museum can take a seat in an 'age-old' submarine and experience what it would have been like to descend into the depths of the Wadden Sea in a vessel like this in the 19th century, looking for a wreck laden with treasure.
The museum's beautiful entrance building features a welcoming museum café and a shop selling special souvenirs.
Tip: don't forget to taste the delicious Kaap Skil cake, with is made with VOC herbs. It's only available from the museum café.
On the first floor of the museum, you will find a collection of archaeological treasures rescued from the sea bottom. Many of the finds discovered by Texel divers are exhibited here. Some objects are kept in water to preserve them properly. The scale model of the Texel Roads is displayed in the basement of the building.
You will find a number of other interesting objects in the outdoor area too. These include the Traanroeier mill, which you can look around inside too. Temporary, sea-related exhibitions are held in various buildings on the site throughout the year.
What Kaap Skil
Where Heemskerckstraat 9, Oudeschild
Open Tuesday till Saturday 10-17 hours. Sun- and holidays 12–17 hours. In the springbreak (17 & 24 February) and in July and August also open on Mondays