The Dutch Cheese Museum

The tastiest museum in the Netherlands located in the heart of Alkmaar.

The most tasty museum in the Netherlands

The Dutch Cheese Museum, founded in 1983, is housed in the monumental Weigh house, in the centre of Alkmaar; a city famous for its cheese. The museum presents remarkable objects which richly illustrate the history of cheese making, farming culture and dairy trade. The collection includes historical artefacts and utensils, photographic images and film. Paintings are also exhibited, including twenty-four 16th century portraits of women from Holland. There has been a full redesign in 2014 that ables the museum to present the history of Dutch cheese in a more elaborate way. The museum is accessible for wheelchairs and very suited to be visit with kids because of multimedia activities.

Practical information

Contact details:

Hollands Kaas Museum
Waagplein 2 1811 JP Alkmaar
Tel. +31 (0) 72 515 55 16

Opening hours:

All year including vacations
Monday to Saturday from 10.00- 16.00 hour

Sunday 13.00-16.00 hour

Cheese market season April to September

Monday to Thursday from 10.00- 16.00 hour

Friday 9.00- 16.00 hour

Sunday 13.00-16.00 hour

King's Day (April 27), Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 25 and 26), New Year's Day (January 1) closed

1st and 2nd Easter Day, Ascension Day, 1st and 2nd Whit sunday
13.00- 16.00 hour

Groups can visit the entire year by appointment. For this, please contact VVV Alkmaar´╗┐

The course of a cheese market
The course of a cheese market
Every year, you can witness the cheese market from the last Friday in March to the last Friday in September, every Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Waagplein.
First Cheese Market
First Cheese Market
The cheesemarket Alkmaar will take place from the last Friday of March until the last Friday in september, every friday from 10 am untill 13.00 pm.
Tuesday evening cheese markets
Tuesday evening cheese markets
The Tuesday evening cheese market takes place from 7pm to 9pm during the months of July and August.