The Dutch Bakery Museum

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The Dutch Bakery Museum offers a unique look behind the scenes of a baker’s life. What began as a private initiative has by now grown into a professional interactive museum that guarantees a fun day out for young and old.

The largest Bakery Museum in the Netherlands tells you all about the rich history of bread and pastry. Times long past come back to life in the 150-year-old bakery of the museum that is housed in two historic buildings connected by a tunnel underneath the street. The central focus is the daily life of a baker then and now. A large collection of utensils from the history of bread and pastry baking can be viewed with accompanying information, all aimed at conserving and maintaining the cultural heritage of the bakery for the future. An exciting treasure hunt sends you off and will lead you through the museum buildings.

The overwhelming smells of all types of freshly baked delicacies accompany the public on their visit to the museum. The Bakery Museum is the place for savoury and delicious fun with activities and information, for individuals as well as groups, school outings or birthday parties. The Dutch Bakery Museum has once again obtained the well-deserved qualification Kids-proof. The museum was also among the prize winners in the election of Best Outing in the province of Gelderland.

Museum theatre
In one of the vaults of the museum an extraordinary museum theatre is situated. During holidays and on Saturdays bakers Fred and Martijn are in the centre of attention with their entertaining family performances. During these demonstrations the bakers humorously show all aspects of a baker’s work and traditions. The bread show offers sufficient inspiration to start baking at home. A new phenomenon is the puppet show that tells the very youngest of the audience, aged four to six, about the story of the baker. Children can also get active and do not go home empty handed. On Saturdays and in school holidays (March to November) children are invited to take part in the outdoor activities by baking something themselves under supervision of the bakers.

Bakery & shop
In the modern bakery all kinds of delicacies are baked, which are for sale in the Bakery shop on Saturdays between 7am and 12am. The proceeds of these activities were an important source of income in the Covid 19 days when the Bakery Museum had to keep its doors closed, but needed ways to secure its survival.

The latest addition to the museum is a fully operational ‘poffertjessalon’, a saloon where the original Dutch mini pancakes are made. Have you worked up an appetite after your visit to the Bakery Museum? Just enter the Daendelshuis where you will find a real ‘poffertjessalon’ out of grandma’s times. The authentic interior, originally from Brabant, leads the visitor back to the nineteenth century. It is also worth your while to watch the dexterity of the ‘poffertjes’ bakers. When it’s nice weather ‘poffertjes’ and other delicacies can be enjoyed outside in the lovely courtyard.