The Zaanse Schans is a joint venture of the Zaanse Schans Foundation, Zaans Museum Foundation, Stadsherstel Zaanstreek NV, the Zaansche Windmill Association, the Business Association and the Zaanse Schans Residents Group.

Zaans Museum Foundation

The Zaans Museum opened at the Zaanse Schans in 1998. The Verkade Pavilion was added in March 2009, and the number of visitors has grown from 20,000 to 60,000 a year. Czar Peter Cottage, which is located in the centre of Zaandam, is an annex of the museum. The Zaans Museum presents the life and work of the ‘Zaankanter’ (the name given to somebody from the Zaan district) amid the rich industrial heritage in a building with contemporary architecture. Visitors are introduced to the cultural history of the region and the source of its prosperity: industry. The museum also holds temporary and semi-permanent exhibitions, and develops educational programmes and activities both inside the museum and outside at the Zaanse Schans. All this is arranged by a dynamic organisation, to which 43 employees (21 FTEs), including many museum lecturers, guides and volunteers contribute their expertise in a professional manner.


Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience
Schansend 7
1509 AW Zaandam
Tel: +31 (0) 75 6810000

Stadsherstel Zaanstreek NV

Stadsherstel Zaanstreek NV, which was established in late 2010, made a major purchase of twenty-three houses and six building plots at the Zaanse Schans. This subsidiary of Stadsherstel Amsterdam NV and Parteon, the Zaanse housing corporation, aims to not only preserve the unusual buildings in good condition, but to also safeguard other cultural heritage in Zaandam and give it new uses.


Stadsherstel Zaanstreek NV
Amstelveld 10
1017 JD Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 520 00 60

The Zaansche Windmill Association

The preservation of the mills in the Zaan district is largely a result of the efforts of the Zaansche Windmill Association. This association was founded in 1925 by teacher and artist Frans Mars, who understood that the disappearance of the mills would mean the loss of an important cultural element in the Zaan area. The association’s first action was to found the Windmill Museum in 1928. The flourishing association recently commissioned the rebuilding of sawmill ‘Het Jonge Schaap’, which has been the sixth-functioning mill at the Zaanse Schans since 2005, under the management of the association.

The Zaansche Windmill Association
Museumlaan 18
1541 LP Koog aan de Zaan
Postbus 3
1540 AA Koog aan de Zaan

The Zaanse Schans Business Association

The Zaanse Schans Business Association represents the interests of a number of businesspeople, and organises the annual Folklore Day at the Zaanse Schans, among other activities. For more information, please contact the secretary, Ms I. Kraakman: