Vlieland has several museums that can tell you more about the island's history and culture. There is something for every culture lover, from maritime history to art and nature. Learn about Vlieland's fishing past, admire local art and learn more about the island's flora and fauna. Visit the museums and dive into Vlieland's fascinating history.
The Museum Tromp’s Huys has been located in Vlieland's oldest building since 1956. This museum offers a fascinating insight into the (cultural) historical and maritime history of the island. Visitors can enjoy a wonderful collection of paintings, drawings, etchings and prints. In addition, the museum has an extensive collection of silver, photographs and clocks. Tromp's Huys also has a unique collection of (sea) charts and ship models. The museum pays attention to numerous subjects, including whaling, the explorer Willem de Vlamingh, the gold ship De Lutine, and the famous poet, writer and ship's doctor Slauerhoff. Tromp's Huys is located at Dorpsstraat 99 and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of Vlieland.
Wadden Center The North Wester
Waddencentrum De Noordwester welcomes everyone who wants to get to know Vlieland better. The sea aquarium houses all kinds of fish and marine animals from the North Sea and Wadden Sea. A special highlight is petting stingrays in the "strait. These rays swim around near the sandbank Griend, between Vlieland and Harlingen. Watch out for the sharks that can also be found there! In De Noordwester you can admire thousands of different types of sand. This is the largest collection in the world and is fun for any nature lover. The beachcomber's attic displays the most remarkable things washed up on Vlieland's beaches. The wrecks attic is dedicated to the shipwrecks that lie underwater around Vlieland. Information is provided at the front desk and outdoor excursions can also be booked here. The Wadden Center can be found at Dorpsstraat 150.
Vlieland is home to a former World War II bunker complex that was part of the Atlantic Wall. Its purpose was to repel an Allied landing. Today, the complex has been restored and converted into a bunker museum, where visitors can learn more about the history of the Atlantic Wall and Vlieland's role in World War II.
Beachcomber's Museum Drenkelingenhuisje
The Drenkelingenhuisje has stood on the vast sandy plain Vliehors for over a hundred years and used to serve as a place of refuge for shipwrecked sailors. Now it is owned by the Vliehors Expres and set up as a beachcomber museum where you can admire all kinds of beach finds, from cigarettes to bottle mail. In the summer, a beachcomber's hut is erected around the Lifeboat House where performances are regularly held at night by the campfire. The Vliehors Expres also offers adventure tours with converted trucks to the Vliehors and a visit to the rescue cottage is included. On weekends, the Vliehors is freely accessible to hikers.