As one of the last extensive freshwater tidal wetlands in Northwestern Europe, De Biesbosch National Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Created following the St. Elizabeth flood of 1421, this marshland serves as a source of inspiration for many a photographer, birdwatcher, holidaymaker, artist and cultural institution. The Biesbosch MuseumEiland charts the past, the present and the future of the area, and places special emphasis on how man has helped to shape and make use of the area. And all in an award-winning building...
In and around the museum
After a spot of fish and sea-eagle spotting, and a boat ride or stroll amongst the beavers and castles, the museum is the perfect place to stop off for a coffee. It's "a surprisingly varied location" according to one visitor. The Biesbosch experience, a scale model of the area including polders, dykes and streams, provides children with a fun an educational exploration of the region's hydrological features and importance. A 45-minute demonstration will show you how the area's water level goes from extremely low to extremely high and back.
"A fantastic building, perfectly fitting for the environment"
The museum was opened in 1994 and extended in 2001. The building features a green roof on which grass flourishes and provides sustainable insulation. The building has been nominated for the award of Building of the Year 2016 by the renowned ArchDaily and has received two awards at the Architizer Awards 2016, including the public prize.
Discover Dutch resourcefulness
Just a stone's throw from the attractive city of Dordrecht, you can discover the typical Dutch approach to water, a place where battles against the water have been fought, polders constructed and where man has tamed nature. And a place where flood protection has been achieved by depolderisation, to give areas of wetland back to mother nature.
Come and experience how man and nature can work together.