Veenkoloniaal Museum

Veenkoloniaal Museum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈveːnkoːloːniˌaːl myˈzeːʏm]; English: Peat-colonial Museum) is a regional museum in the village of Veendam in the Netherlands. The museum shows the history of the peat district in Groningen.[2] In 2008–2017, the museum had between 20,000 and 29,000 visitors annually.

Veenkoloniaal Museum
Museum entrance in 2011
Location in Groningen, Netherlands
Established15 December 1939 (1939-12-15)[1]
LocationMuseumplein 5[2]
Veendam, Netherlands
Coordinates53°6′25″N 6°52′33″E
TypeRegional museum
History museum
Visitors24,674 (2017)[3]
DirectorHendrik Hachmer[4]
Public transit accessHertenkampstraat
Bus line 174


The Veenkoloniaal Museum is located at the Museumplein (Museum Square) in the village of Veendam in the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands.[2]


The museum was founded on 15 December 1939.[1]

Since 1990, the museum is housed in a former school building in the center of Veendam.[5]


200317,500[6] 201027,003[7]
200420,885[6] 201122,567[8]
200519,069[6] 201223,771[8]
200618,271[7] 201320,676[8]
200721,618[7] 201420,543[8]
200828,558[7] 201523,581[8]
200927,321[7] 201625,000 (est.)[4]

Hendrik Hachmer is director of the museum.[4]

In the years 2003 to 2016, the museum had between 17,500 and 28,600 visitors per year, with more than 25,000 visitors in 2016.[4][6][7][8]

The museum is a member of the regional Museumhuis Groningen (Groningen Museum House)[9] and the national Museumvereniging (Museum Association).[10]


  1. Louis van Kelckhoven, "Tweede museum van Groningen bestaat vijfenzestig jaar" (in Dutch), Dagblad van het Noorden, 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam, Marketing Groningen. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. "Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam lonkt naar Groningen en Duitsland" (in Dutch), Dagblad van het Noorden, 6 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. "Veenkoloniaal Museum in Veendam wil af van gratis toegang" (in Dutch), RTV Noord, 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  5. Herma Hekkema, "Veenkoloniaal Museum verrassend verbouwd" (in Dutch), Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, 1990. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. Intermuseaal Extra Februari 2008 (in Dutch), Museumhuis Groningen, 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  7. Bezoekcijfers leden Federatie van musea in de province Groningen (in Dutch), Museumhuis Groningen. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  8. Bezoekcijfers erfgoedinstellingen Groningen Archived 21 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch), Stichting Erfgoedpartners, 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  9. Leden Museumhuis (in Dutch), Museumhuis Groningen. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  10. Veenkoloniaal Museum (in Dutch), Museumvereniging. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
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