Muzee Scheveningen was established in 2006 when Het Zeemuseum and The Schevenings Museum merged. In addition to a cultural-historical collection, the museum also has an important sea biological collection. Muzee has a permanent presentation and a changing exhibition. Around 40,000 visitors come every year.
Imagine yourself back in time in the restored building. Inside the museum, a typical street of Scheveningen is exhibited and you can see how Scheveningers lived in the past. Various scenarios have been simulated of children playing and women washing the laundry. There is also a grocery shop, a classroom, and an exhibition on life aboard a bomb ship.
The other room is called the Zeezaal. Here you get an impression of the underwater life as can be found in the world’s seas. Hundreds of colored shells, crabs in many shapes and colors, deep-sea squids, millions of years old fossils, and other sea creatures can be seen here. The animals are not alive by the way.
Muzee regularly organizes small-scale events. There are performances by local jazz and blues musicians and also music and theater performances related to the old ways of Scheveningen.
It is possible to celebrate children’s parties with different themes at the museum. An example is a party where children go back in time. The girls are dressed in traditional Scheveningen costumes and the boys are dressed in sturdy fisherman’s clothing. They then go on a discovery tour of the museum on traditional wooden shoes. Lemonade and snacks are included. The museum also organizes educational tours for schools.
Museum Scheveningen and the Historical and Genealogical Society Scheveningen developed the Schevenings Information Center. Here you can find documentation about Scheveningen. It houses a considerable library and a photo archive. This has been built up with a large number of portraits of Scheveningen families with a typical surname such as Pronk, Taal, and Van der Zwan.