Museum cafe
Please visit our friendly museum cafe for a free cup of tea or coffee or lemonade for the children, and pay only € 1,- for a refill. Find a seat at our regulars’ table and enjoy the view of the Kleinzand or the beautiful hearth with 18th-century Makkum tiles.

Museum shop
In the museum you can find books on subjects connected to Frisian shipping or the history of Sneek and its surroundings. There is also an extensive collection of children’s books. We sell souvenirs and picture postcards, too. Please browse our museum shop for a great gift or a nice souvenir!

The museum shop

Library and reading room
The library features books on Frisian shipping and shipbuilding and all kinds of books relating to the museum collection such as books on Frisian silver, skating and ship’s ornamentation. You will also find an ample selection of books on Sneek and its surroundings, as well as a number of standard works on shipping, ship building and various maritime encyclopedias. The library collection also features a selection of Dutch magazines, such as Spiegel der Zeilvaart, WaterkampioenTagrijn and Bokkepoot. We also collect newspapers, amongst which the Sneeker Nieuwsblad and Schuttevaer. In addition to books, magazines and newspapers the museum also possesses a documentation collection on various topics and a small collection of archives. For an overview of our library collection click here. To see which archives are kept in the museum click hereLibrary materials are not on loan, but copies can be made from library collection materials. Please find a list of the rates here. Additional information on rates, copyright and the ordering of materials through our order forms can be found on the page Ordering images. To visit the library and the reading room, please make an appointment: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +31(0)515 - 41 40 57. There is no admittance fee for the library and the reading room. 

Children's museum
There is a special area for children that will help to make a visit to the museum a very pleasant experience for them: there are games, puzzles, computer games and plenty of activities that stimulate all the senses. For more information, please go to Children visiting the museum.

Hospitality is something we feel strongly about. Naturally that includes the elderly and those that have difficulty walking. The museum features a lift, thresholds have been removed as much as possible, and steps have been replaced with ramps. As a result 95% of the exhibition rooms can be reached by wheelchair or rollator. Visitors may use the museum’s wheelchair. There is also a spacious disabled toilet. The desk and the Auditorium feature a deaf loop system for visitors with a hearing disability. A special audio tour with an induction loop is also available. There is also a special area where babies’ nappies may be changed. 

Accessibility Award

Room rental
The museum’s Auditorium may be rented for receptions. With tables and chairs the room is suitable for groups up to 60 people. With chairs only 140 people may be entertained. The Auditorium is suitable for receptions, conferences, lectures and various other receptions. The room features various types of audiovisual equipment. For groups of more than 50 persons the room is also exclusively available in the evening. We will be pleased to arrange the catering for you. Tea or coffee with Frisian oranjekoek is just one of the options. Our volunteers will be happy to be your hosts. If you are looking for more extensive catering, our professional caterer will ensure that all your demands are met. Luncheons or drinks with finger food are also available. Our board room featuring furniture from the Council chamber of IJlst, which is a most attractive room to host small groups, is also available for rent. For reservations please click here.

Tourist information point
Tourist information is available from the VVV desk in the main hall of the museum. The VVV employees will be happy to provide you with tips and information to ensure that you will have a pleasant stay in our beautiful province. If you would like to know more, please visit the website of VVV Zuidwest Friesland

Visiting address:

Kleinzand 16
8601 BH Sneek
T 0515 - 41 40 57

Opening hours:

Mon. till Sat. 10:00 - 17:00 hour
Sun. 12:00 - 17:00 hour

Postal address:

Postbus 186
8600 AD Sneek

Opening library:

Tues. till Fri. 10:00 - 12:30 hour
and 13:00 - 16:30 hour