Discover it in the exhibition

At all the locations where you can now enjoy living, walking, having a drink on a terrace and going to school, once upon a time, you would have been underwater. Purmerend is part of two important polders: the Beemster and the Purmer and 2022 is a historic year for both and the city of Purmerend.

This exhibition marks a number of moments in the history of reclaimed land, exploring the processes involved, allotment, habitation and the future of the area. Why were the polders actually pumped out? How were the lakes drained? What was the role of Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater in the reclamation project and was it as important as everyone thinks? How did the typical pattern of tight plots arise in the polders? And what was it like to live in the gigantic country houses that sprang up in both polders?

From 1622 to the future

In the exhibition, visitors will find out the answers to all these questions. But the museum also focuses on the present and the future. You get to know eight residents from the Beemster and Purmerend, who will tell you what it is like to live in the different neighbourhoods in the municipality. Visitors can also indicate in an interactive way what they find important for the future of the area, such as houses, greenery or, for example, public transport.

Unique and interactive

The Purmerends Museum uses the latest technology to bring the exhibition to life in a unique way. Visitors can walk through the exhibition with their own smartphones. This means that Leeghwater and land surveyor Sinck, among others, stand lifelike in front of the visitor through the use of holograms. Visitors can also step inside a 3D polder mill.

Accessible to everyone

The exhibition offers school classes and residents of Purmerend and De Beemster a special view of their residential area. The Purmerends Museum has added a number of elements, especially for people with visual or hearing impairments to make the exhibition more accessible. For example, the visitor can literally feel the subdivision of the Purmer and Beemster polders and there will be a special afternoon with a sign language interpreter.