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de Halve Maen


de Halve Maen

If the Halve Maen (Half Moon) could talk, this VOC-ship would be able to tell heart-pounding stories about storms, voyages of discovery, encounters with Indians, naval battles, and scurvy. Fortunately, the crew of the de Halve Maen know all these stories as well.
In a personal tour they take you on a voyage of discovery aboard the museum ship. From the galley to the forecastle. While you hear the wood cracking and the smell of gunpowder and tar tickles your nose, you will discover one surprise after another.

The Halve Maen is located on the south part of the Oostereiland (Eastern Island), at the Centrum Varend Erfgoed (Centre of Sailing Heritage), where it’s in good company is of historic fishing and cargo ships.

Plan your visit
You will be welcomed in the atmospheric Centrum Varend Erfgoed museum. There you can see and learn more about the ship Halve Maen and about the harsh life of the sailors on the former Zuiderzee (Southern sea, now called IJsselmeer).
On your admission ticket is the start time of your visit to the Halve Maen itself. In 4 stages our guides take you through the entire ship and they tell you the stories about the sailors ‘ life in the golden age. This tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Total tour is 1 hour.

Reservation in advance is required
Because we want to make your visit a real experience, we limit the number of visitors to a maximum of 30 per hour. Therefore, reservations required. You can do that online or at the tourist information agencies in Hoorn.

Opening hours 2015

Out of season
Wednesday to Friday: 12.00 – 17.00 hrs
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 hrs

April 30 to May 8 and July 9 to September 4
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 hrs.

Sailing days
The Halve Maen is worthy sailing yacht. It will then be also, with some regularity, found on the waters of the IJsselmeer. Here you will find the sailing schedule of the Halve Maen shortly. On those days the ship cannot be visited.