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31 West 10th Street, Holland, Michigan, USA
  • The exterior of the museum is much like so many other buildings in this part of the US-I call it ‘White House’ style, with white columns and pillars, but the brochure calls it Neoclassical architecture-what do I know
  • I learned that the first settlers began setting up a small settlement in 1847, and spent many years fighting the local governments to gain access to Lake Michigan-apparently, there was fear amongst the mainly British settlers that the Dutch were like the Shakers and Amish and other non-assimilating immigrants
  • This history is documented in photographs, artwork and artifacts, and I found this to be my favourite feature of this museum Also on the first floor is an area devoted to temporary exhibits which change season to season
  • We didn’t make it to the basement, but I was very impressed with my visit to The Holland Museum
  • For me, who is familiar with the Netherlands, I found the most interesting and educational area to be the history of the local Dutch settlers

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      I tried to take in as many cultural attractions as I could while I was visiting relatives in Holland, Michigan, and one afternoon we took in The Holland Museum. The exterior of the museum is much like so many other buildings in this part of the US-I call it ‘White House’ style, with white columns and pillars, but the brochure calls it Neoclassical architecture-what do I know? We entered at the front, paying an incredibly reasonable $7 each, and I looked at the information booklet before we went on. Built in 1915, it was used as Holland’s main post office before it was turned into a museum. There are two floors to explore, as well as a

      basement which houses a library and archives.

      The first floor contains the local history section, which showcases the history of Holland, Michigan from a small community of Dutch settlers to the vibrant city it is today. I was very excited to see this, because although I knew a lot about the Netherlands itself from being there several times, I didn’t know much about Michigan’s settlement, except for what my relatives told me about their personal histories. I learned that the first settlers began setting up a small settlement in 1847, and spent many years fighting the local governments to gain access to Lake Michigan-apparently, there was fear amongst the mainly British settlers that the Dutch were like the ...


      • Shakers and Amish and other non-assimilating immigrants. Eventually, they gained the same rights as the other settlers. A devastating fire in 1871 nearly wiped out the city and the people had to again rebuild. This history is documented in photographs, artwork and artifacts, and I found this to be my favourite feature of this museum

        Also on the first floor is an area devoted to temporary exhibits which change season to season. During my visit, there was a Native Art of Indonesia and Melanesia, which were Dutch colonies for many years beginning in the 1500s. We saw art, crafts, jewelry, pottery and many other artifacts that the Dutch colonialists brought with them from these islands.

        On the third floor,

        the Dutch Galleries are exhibited, which is an extensive collection of Dutch art and crafts and artifacts from the 17th-19th centuries. I was surprised to see just how many paintings from the famous Dutch ‘masters’ there are here, and certainly it rivaled some of the smaller museums in Europe.

        We didn’t make it to the basement, but I was very impressed with my visit to The Holland Museum. For me, who is familiar with the Netherlands, I found the most interesting and educational area to be the history of the local Dutch settlers.

        The museum is open every day except Tuesdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 2pm-5pm.

        Entrance fees: Adults $7, seniors $6, children $4, under 6 years are free.

        It is located just off Interstate 196.




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