THE MUSEUM

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 and Zeeland.
The museum is open for everyone with an interest in Dutch folklore. The collection provides an overview of the most important local costumes worn by everyday people in the past, and still worn in some villages today. Come visit us and discover this remarkable aspect of Dutch cultural history on the basis of the folk costumes and stories!

HISTORY OF THE BUILDING

The museum is housed in a 17th-century canal house at Herengracht, around the corner of Leidsestraat in the center of Amsterdam. In 1665, rope maker Jan Jacobszn van Gelder purchased the plot of land on which he built house numbers 427 and 429. The carpenter Cornelis de Roos had a facade with neck gables constructed in 1700, a feature that is still visible today. The interior contains an original Blue Delft toilet, which is still in use.

MUSEUM SHOP

In the museum is a museum shop with unique items on sale: jewellery, handcrafted products, writing materials, textile products of traditional fabrics and special children’s gifts. A part of the product range has been manufactured by ‘De Derde Schinkel’, an employment project of the ‘Regenbooggroep’ (’Rainbow group’). This organisation is committed to people who live in (social) poverty, to actively engage them in participating in society. The museum is open for everyone during opening hours of the museum.

OPENING HOURS

The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Holiday opening hours:
Christmas Eve (December 24) from 10am – 3pm.
New year’s Eve (December 31) from 10am – 3pm.
New Year’s Day (January 1)  from 12pm – 5pm.
King’s Day (April 27) closed.

TICKET PRICES

Order your tickets online with discount.
Adults: € 10,-
Youth aged 15 and under: € 5,-
Youth aged 4 and under: free admission
Family pass (2 adults, 2 children): € 25,-
Dutch museum pass, (‘Museumjaarkaart’): € 8,-
Audio guide: free
Groups: 10 persons or more: € 8,50 per person. See page ‘Groups’.

VENUE HIRE

For more information on venue hire for corporate events or group bookings, please check the page Groups.