The village As your walk through de Rijp with its splendidly restored 17th century houses, the history of centuries is still most evident. The Town Hall with its weighing house, the great Gothic church, the farmhouses and wooden townhouses all bear witness to the style and glory of the past of this village made rich by 17th century fishing and whaling activity. With two museums, three galleries of modern art. Various art exhibitions in galleries and homes, a gold and silversmith and at least ten sculptors living and working here, de Rijp also has a thriving contemporary role. The neighbouring Eilandspolder nature reserve can be discovered on foot, by bicycle or boat.