Discover the Old Dutch cultural history and costumes


The global village has overstretched itself when it comes to fashion. All over the world the clothing range has become identical. New designs are in vogue for just one season. As a reaction to this fast fashion, consumers take a renewed interest in sustainable fashion with a story, in which craft and handwork are leading. This stirs up a new curiosity in traditional folk costumes. Local and traditional garb, with its characteristic sense of form and proportion, is a source of inspiration for fashion designers of today. 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 its own garb, with variations in different villages or stages of life, such as marriage and mourning after a death. The museum houses seven rooms, each room decorated with motives and in colours characteristic for a specific region. In every individual room, the people wearing the folk costume tell stories, giving an explanation on the function of their clothes. Amongst others, the different costumes come from Volendam, Marken, Hindeloopen, Staphorst, Spakenburg, Urk, Huizen and Zeeland.


The museum houses a fully equipped photo studio, which can be used to make portraits of visitors, dressed in the traditional costume of the fisherman’s village of Volendam. Suitable for company outings, family reunions, but also a chance for the individual visitor to take a personal souvenir home. Reservations are required for groups larger than 10 persons. Please click here to make a reservation.


Groups are very welcome at the museum. The Dutch Costume Museum offers a fascinating and concise overview in less than an hour of the history of the Dutch traditional costumes.