Discover the Old Dutch cultural history and costumes


The global village has overstretched itself when it comes to fashion. The clothing range and selection all over the world have become identical. New designs have a difficult time lasting for longer than one season, and because of these fast fashion changes, consumers have grown interested in sustainable fashion that has a story, where craft and handwork tell the story. This stirs up a new curiosity in traditional folk costumes. Local and traditional garb, with its characteristic sense of form and proportion, has become a source of inspiration for the fashion designers of today. The Dutch Costume Museum shows the craftsmanship, artistry, and passion that created the Dutch traditional costumes. The collection encompasses a cross-section of local traditional dresses and folk art from each region. Each region has its own garb, with variations from different villages or stages of life, such as marriage and mourning after a death. The museum houses seven rooms, and each room is decorated with motives and colours characteristics for each specific region. In every room, the people wearing folk costumes tell stories, giving an explanation of the functions of their clothes. The main regions that the different costumes come from include Volendam, Marken, Hindeloopen, Staphorst, Spakenburg, Urk, Huizen, and Zeeland.


The museum houses a fully equipped photo studio which can be used to take portraits of visitors dressed in the traditional costumes from the fisherman’s village of Volendam. Our Building is suitable for company outings and family reunions, and it also offers 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 of the history of Dutch traditional costumes in less than an hour.