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Museums - dive into history

Brielle is a small town with a rich historic past. Much of that past is still visible, in the historic buildings in the town centre, for example, and in the ramparts and fortifications. Brielle has several museums where you can find out more about this interesting town's illustrious past.

There's a historic museum in Brielle that's located in the former town prison and weighing house, built by Maarten Cornelis Payese in 1623. The museum has several annexes just outside the town: the Stenen Baak lighthouse and - in Zwartewaal - the Fisheries Museum where you find out a little about the history of the fishing industry. Or check out the exhibition in the centuries-old Kruithuis on the Brielle ramparts, which tells you all about how Brielle residents throughout the centuries have commemorated the liberation from the Spanish on 1 April 1572. 


Stenen Baak

The Stenen Baak is situated just outside the town of Brielle and was the first stone lighthouse ever in the Netherlands. It was built in 1630 to replace earlier wooden lighthouses which had burned down. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the tower was given a military use as part of Brielle's defences. It was restored to its former glory at the beginning of last century and opened to the public in 2004. If the weather is good, the roof can be accessed so you can enjoy the magnificent view. The lighthouse is open to visitors every Saturday and Sunday from April to October, between 11:00 and 16:00 and during regional school holidays from Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00. In heavy rain and/or high winds, the tower may not be accessed.

Fisheries museum

On the second and third floors of Zwartewaal’ fishing nets warehouse, which is a listed building originating from the late 18th century, you'll find Zwartewaal Fisheries Museum. It’s situated at the entrance to Zwartewaal harbour. In addition to a fishing nets warehouse, there used to be a sail-manufacturer here. Nowadays, the ground floor of the building is home to Kunstkring Voorne's gallery - Kunst in Uitvoering. On the first floor, there is a presentation on the history of the fishing industry in Zwartewaal. There are historic objects, interactive elements, audio and texts to inform the visitor about the world of fishing boats, river fishing, affiliated professions, life on board etc. Opening times: The Fisheries Museum is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from April through October, between 13:00 and 17:00.