Fishery and Cultural History Museum
Woudrichem has long been one of the most important fishing places, especially as regards salmon fishing. The Fishery and Cultural History Museum is the result of the initiative of a group of enthusiastic inhabitants of Woudrichem. They started collecting historical material about river fishing. In a few years, that much material was collected that it was decided to set up a museum. The collection now gives an almost complete overview of the Dutch river fishing, but also various insights into the culture of the region.
In our separate departments the various techniques are shown on the basis of models, explanations and photos. There are original fishing boats set up, a smithy, workshop, rope maker and many utensils that will take you closer to the past.
In order to keep the old crafts of yesteryear alive, the museum also organizes various courses, including the sailmaker, basket making, fishing net knitting and more of such.
Our museum is supported by enthusiastic volunteers and attendants, with whom we can share a bit of local history and atmosphere with you. Take a look around on our website. Do you have any questions? We would like to hear it!
The Fisheries and Cultural History Museum is located at the first floor of the Arsenal.
An 'arsenal' is a building where weapons and ammunition were stored or even produced in former times, for example cannons. The construction of the building clearly shows that it was heavy material that was stored here. A small impression of the atmosphere from these times can be seen at the front of the museum, where a large cannon is installed. Because of the special character of our building, the building is therefore included in the register of National Monuments (Monumentenwet 1988, no. 39577).
If you cannot climb the stairs (anymore); no problem, the staircase at the back of the museum is equipped with a wheelchair lift. If you ask the attendant who is present, he will gladly assist you!