My kids and I arrived in Medemblik riding the steam tram from Museum Stoomtram located in Hoorn.
From there, it was a short 2 minutes walk across the road towards the city center to reach Bakery Museum.
Established in 1989, the Bakery Museum occupies a quaint little house on the main street of Medemblik. Walk in and immediately feel like stepping back in time. Dubbed as the ‘tastiest’ museum in the Netherlands, it smells like breakfast and tea time come at once.
The small two-story museum runs various demonstrations all day long with no time specific. Most of the making and baking activities are on ground level. The highlights are the making of ‘gevulde koek’ (almond paste cookie) and ‘speculaas’ (gingerbread cookie) which provide insights into Dutch cookie culture. Other ongoing demonstrations include the making of marzipan, bread and sticky candy. Up a flight of stairs, there is an activity table for kids decorating cupcakes into flowers with the help of shaping marzipan. Within the same level, you will find the chocolate making station and everything related to it. There is also a small almost hidden AV room playing a short informative video about the history of bread.
Most of the demonstrations do not give out free sampling. With exception of chocolate samples given only to adults and samples of sticky candy are for everyone. It is after all a place of business so you are encourage to buy them all freshly made at the store front.
Since it is a working museum, expect to find functioning old oven, variety of hand driven machines, strange looking tools and endless exhibits displaying old bread tins, vintage packaging, chocolate moldings, wooden cookie molds, advertising items, photographs, paintings and everything else about baking.
Bakery Museum Medemblik is directed towards Dutch people. Most explanations are in Dutch and only a number of short explanations are provided in other languages. Look at the simple laminated sheets nearby.
Worst time to visit is between 12-1pm. That is when a throng of visitors arriving together on steam tram. It is however, the best time to visit as well because all demonstrations are on full force. After 1pm, the bakers take their lunch break. No demonstration at all till around 2pm.
My kids and I spent more than three hours in this museum. I had enough after a couple of hours but my kids were eager to witness every demonstrations one after another. I sat at the modest ‘conservatory’ waiting while enjoying my cup of tea with a warm freshly baked almond paste cookie on the side. It was truly the best ‘gevulde koek’ I have ever tasted! A proper authentic Dutch cookie unlike those generic ones sold at supermarkets. Definitely a delightful visit.
Address: Nieuwestraat 8. 1671BD Medemblik.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am -5pm. Extra opening hours during school holidays.
Entrance fees: €6.50 (adults), €4.50 (3-12yrs) and kids 0-2 years are free
Free entry for Museum Card holder and other cards. Check site for details.
Getting there: If you are travelling by car, parking is free near and around the museum. If you are travelling with public transport, board Connexxion bus number 139 from Hoorn Central Station to get to Medemblik bus stop – 45 minutes ride and further 2 minutes walk.