The Dutch Cheese Museum

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the Dutch Cheese Museum
Waagplein 2 1811JP
072 - 511 42 84
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the Dutch Cheese Museum

The Dutch Cheese Museum is located in the heart of the cheese town of Alkmaar in the monumental Waaggebouw. The museum demonstrates the preparation of dairy products throughout the centuries, trade and rural life.

The collection s include historical artifacts, film, video and paintings (including 24 portraits of Dutch women from the 16th century).

For children, the museum also very suitable. There is a fun and educational treasure hunt that they know the museum.

There is a possibility to make a guided tour in the historical Weighhouse on the first and second floor. You get an explanation about the proces of making diary products in the past and present. Furtheron you can watch a video presentation, and on different spots in the museum there are screens with moving pictures showing the use of the attributes you can see. Ofcourse it is possible to taste some Dutch cheese after the tour. Al together the visit takes one hour.

Groups with a Guide:

Led by a guide will lead you around the first and second floors of the historic Waaggebouw and get information about the attributes that were used to produce cheese and other dairy products throughout the centuries. In addition, you will see a film presentation and there are several monitors with images of past and present of the dairy processing. Of course you'll end up with a tasting of some Dutch cheeses. In total, this visit lasts 1 hour.
Our guides speak the following languages:

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian


€ 85, - directory assistance (max. 20 persons per guide) + € 4.50 per person admission include a cheese tasting.

Reservation fee: € 20, -

Visitor Info:

At the Waagplein, in the center of Alkmaar at the historic Waag, dating from 1390 and originally built as Holy Spirit House. In 1576 the building got a job as Waaggebouw. Still during the cheese market season, which runs from mid April to September, a portion of the building used for weighing cheese. Then comes the cheese carriers' guild in action, in building a private, not accessible "room" have.

The ground floor of the Waag building is currently used as tourist Uitwinkel. The Dutch Cheese Museum is located on the first and second floor. Via stairs or lift to the cheese museum. The entire museum is wheelchair accessible.

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