Alkmaar offers, besides a historical centre with more than 399 national monuments, various museums. The city has grown out to being the centre of Dutch cheese, with her peak the Cheese market, which can be visited on every Friday during summertime. As the ‘City of Cheese’, there cannot absence a cheese museum. In the national monument ‘De Waag’ you can discover everything about the two most famous cheeses of The Netherlands. In the past this historical building had the function of a weigh house, where the goods were weighted. Nowadays you can observer a collection historical objects on the ‘Waagplein 2’. When you visit Alkmaar, we recommend you to visit this museum.
Museum ‘De Boom’ participates in the trend of the cheese museum: it also locates in a historical building, namely a former brewery. When you like fermented drinks, come in at the beer museum, located at ‘Houttil 1’. The national Beer museum De Boom illustrates how beer is brewed. This is explained by the tools, equipment and machines, that date from the 19th century. Got a little thirsty after your visit? Then use your receipt from the museum to get a discount on a beer in the associated tasting room from the museum De Boom.
The urban museum of Alkmaar (UMA) is a ‘gateway’ to the past where you find documented intangible and material testimonials in the present. The UMA says it’s ‘the collective memory of the city Alkmaar’.
When you are an enthusiast of history, art and culture, then your adventure starts here. The glorious past of Alkmaar gets told by alternated and interactive setups. There can be seen a fine collection of the ‘Bergse School’. This village is since the past century known as the village of artist.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, four names which together can be considered as the most influential band from the history of pop music. We are, obviously, talking about The Beatles. On Pettemerstraat 12A, you find the biggest private collection about these musical gods. This collection exists about rare fragments of sounds and images that bring the ‘dead’ collection to life.