Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven (Dutch Silver Museum Schoonhoven)

Visit the Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven and the Zilvermederij (Silver Smithy)


Opening hours  
Tuesdays to Saturdays 11.00 - 17.00 hours
Sundays and Public Holidays 12.00 - 17.00 hours
Closed: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Kings Day (27 April), Whit Sunday and Christmas Day.  
Admissions fees  
Adults € 8
Young people  12 - 18 years € 6
Children 6 - 11 years € 4
Children up to the age of 5 free
CJP (Youth Culture Pass), Student pass/ISIC cardholders   € 5
Museum card, Friends of the Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, members of the Rembrandt association free
Groups (min. 15 persons) € 7 p.p.

The Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven (Dutch Silver Museum) welcomes you to discover the World of Silver of the Netherlands! The museum organizes exhibitions and activities for visitors of all ages and invites you to come and enjoy a world of glitter and glamour, including the famed collection of Dutch Silverware and Silver Art. The museum’s resident silversmiths are happy to explain all you want to know about Silver and their art work. Then, it is time to experience the craft of the silversmith yourself in the Zilverlab, the museum’s Silver Smithy. The world's longest Silver Table lets visitors test their knowledge about eating and drinking over 400 years of Dutch History.

The traditional art and trade of the silversmiths and silver artists have traditionally played an important part in Dutch culture, and continue to do so today. Nowhere is this felt more than in Schoonhoven, a typical small Dutch town renowned for its silver tradition, hence the nickname Zilverstad (Silver City). Schoonhoven has been home to Gold and Silversmiths since the Middle Ages and their influence is still seen in the old monumental silver workshops, the houses and galleries, the jewellers, and the studios where gold and silver smiths display traditional and contemporary jewellery, silver objects and fine silver art. 

Schoonhoven is situated in the 'Green Heart' of the Netherlands. The art and trade of the silversmiths have left a mark on our table traditions and lifestyle and the city breathes Silver history. Silver and gold smiths have been established in Schoonhoven since the 17th century and their presence is evidenced in the many opportunities in silver related trades. And of course, Schoonhoven is home to the Nederlands Zilvermuseum (Dutch Silver Museum) and the International Silver School.

Besides the Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven has much to offer in the way of culture and sight seeing. Steeped in charm and typical Dutch history with its beautifully preserved medieval parts and lovely canals, the Silver City is a must-see during any visit to the Netherlands. Of special interest is the Veerpoort (Ferry Gate), which protected Schoonhoven from the floods of the river Rhine and rising seas during the North Sea flood of 1953, and is still fully functional as a water barrier today.

The Zilvermuseum has a broad, permanent collection of beautiful and impressive silver. It includes objects from the historic silver collection of the famous manufacturenewing rer Van Kempen & Begeer. Furthermore, the Zilvermuseum devotes a considerable amount of time to a variety of expositions.


Silver experience ’From Flash to Dash’ 

October 2, 2015 to March 12, 2016: silver dreams come true for young and old

Schoonhoven, September 2015     

In a stroke of magic, the Zilvermuseum is currently being converted to the largest design studio in the Netherlands. From 2 October 2015 through to 12 March 2016, the silver experience ‘From Flash to Dash’ is open to the public. ‘From Flash to Dash’ is a promotion activity that highlights the fascinating design process of the gold and silversmiths. For the period of the exhibition, the design studio will be dedicated to the experience of design and creativity, and it is for everyone to enjoy. Visitors are challenged to imagine, to be courageous; to design their own dream ring or bracelet. An opportunity for all to let the imagination flow freely, as creative design is an organic process.  Professional or amateur, all are welcome in the Drawing Room to put their dreams on paper and give body and form to an idea. As desired, visitors may choose to fold a design from paper or mould it from clay.       

A thing of beauty is a joy forever…

Visitors will draw inspiration from a range of techniques, styles, forms, materials and colours, and from the many design examples of artisans of the past and present.  After a mini-tour of the museum, it’s time to get to work with crayons, pencil, paper or clay. Traditionally, this is how the most beautiful designs have seen the light. An elegant design is a joy forever, and this truth is attested by selected historic designs with the accompanying end products displayed alongside.        

An exhibition packed with activity

The Silver experience ‘From Flash to Dash’ opens 2 October 2015 until 12 March, 2016. Admission is free for ticketholders to the Zilvermuseum. A host of fringe activities is scheduled for various age groups, including ‘As good as gold’, ‘Night of Silver’, a silver symposium, competitions, demonstrations by silversmiths, designing your own 3D jewellery, etc. In addition, a number of workshops will be organized in Schoonhoven in partnership with silver and goldsmiths based in the ‘Silver City’. The full program schedule can be viewed at:

Kazerneplein 4
2871 CZ  Schoonhoven
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