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Address: Oostvaardersdijk 113 | 8242 PA, 8242 Lelystad, The Netherlands (Formerly Nieuw Land Poldermuseum)
Phone Number:
+31 320 225 900
11:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 17:00

Nieuw Land presents the rich history of the area we now call Flevoland....

Nieuw Land presents the rich history of the area we now call Flevoland. Visitors to the museum can get a glimpse at the world of the prehistoric Swifterbant people, a group of hunters, fishermen and gatherers who lived here six thousand years ago.The IJssel Lake (IJsselmeer) was formerly the Zuiderzee and served as an indispensable link in a variety of transport networks, where many a ship went down with all hands in the stormy billows. An archaeological treasure trove was unearthed when the Zuiderzee was reclaimed, making Flevoland the largest ship cemetery on dry land anywhere in the world.Of course, the museum's central theme is the largest reclamation project ever: the Zuiderzee Project. The project originated on the drawing board of Cornelis Lely and was carried out by the polder workers. How do you go about developing newly reclaimed land and what will the future hold for this area?There's also plenty for children to do at Nieuw Land: a special children's presentation allows them to step into the shoes of a dyke builder, archaeologist or lockkeeper. Fun experiments and games teach them all about one of the key challenges facing the Netherlands throughout its history: water management.Texts of the permanent exhibitions are available in English, French and German.Nieuw Land also holds the archives of the province of Flevoland. The tens of thousands of photographs, documents, maps, drawings and archaeological finds stored here lay the foundation of everything we know about the Zuiderzee Project. The collection in storage presents the long history of Flevoland: starting with prehistoric times and moving through the turbulent waves of the Zuiderzee to the new land that was created with the unique Zuiderzee Project.Study centreNieuw Land is also a research centre. Admission is free for visitors of the study centre, which offers a specialised library in which to study the various archives and collections. Nieuw Land also conducts its own research, collaborating with various Dutch universities. The results are published and frequently provide material for exhibitions and educational programmes.

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he had a nice time,, everyone was so nice to us ,,, the image was pretty good , i will go back again

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

As a former resident of lelystad in the early 60s i was very much looking forward to show overseas friends the museum. It was very disappointing. The film presentation only included 3 out of 5 announced docos, the for me most interesting ones missing. The staff could neither explain nor solve this. The rewt of the exhibitions and permanent displays... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

he had a nice time,, everyone was so nice to us ,,, the image was pretty good , i will go back again

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

The beginning of Flevoland, a unique empoldering project, is explained here. This museum is not age bound, but it is nice to combine with the Bataviawerf (combi-tickets available) and Batavia Stad which are alle located in the direct vicinity. As a resident of Flevoland it is a must see, but foreign visitors can get inspired visiting this museum!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

I congratulate this museum for being so interactive and educational. Our tweens (and the adults) were able to really comprehend how the Dutch have managed water for centuries. The history and ingenuity is so well displayed and done in a way that was easily understandable to our 11 and 12 year olds. Take your time and enjoy learning.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

Just visited the Nieuw Land for business purpose. There were presentations on the history and development of water management in the Netherlands. The museum is equipped with many prototype of polder and dam in water system which must be fun for kids to learn. Interesting point also the of big 300 years old shipwreck which being stored in the original... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

This museum is fascinating and well worth visiting. The water theatre is excellent and fun and educational for adults and kids. My only complaint is that a lot of the displays had either no translation or only some A4 printed paper sheets which it was sometimes difficult to find which bits related to which display( could do with some numbers?)

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Almere, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

It's a noce place to go with people who are not from the region to learn something about the interesting history of Flevoland

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

This museum in Lelystad is rather hard to find. It is next to the Batavia Stad Outlet shops and the Batavia museum. The museum is dedicated to the reclamation of land from the sea. Lelystad is in the province Flevoland. Flevoland was reclaimed from the sea. At this moment there is an exhibit about the film " de nieuwe wildernis"... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

This is a museum that should focus on Dutch achievements in the way of reclaiming land. We were here many years ago, when it did just that. In 2011 we revisited only to find that it is a multi purpose venue and the lobby had some kind of festivity going on with champagne being passed around to festively dressed people.... More 

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