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In there quest for traditional situations to paint, many artists discovered Volendam in the late 19th, early 20th century. They were in fact the first tourists in Volendam and it’s thanks to Leendert Spaander and his wife Aaltje that the village developed as a real “artist colony”.

Leendert Spaander made friends with the artists. After he and Aaltje got married in 1876, they created an opportunity for artists to work in their house. When the house became to small, they bought a small pub on the embankment of Volendam (1881) and made it an hotel.

This way they created an opportunity for artists from all over the world to work and to meet. Soon artists from all over the world populated their hotel. Each of them brought their own techniques, specialties and practices with them.
Therefore a great exchange of ideas took place of which the many paintings, that still adorn the walls of the hotel, are the witnesses.

The Artists' Colony

Tourist Information


Zeestraat 37
1131 ZD Volendam
+31 (0)299-36 37 47


Mrs. Lieke J. Sievers
Postbus 180
1130 AD Volendam

Municipal Secretary:
Mrs. M.Bekkenkamp
Postbus 180
1130 AD Volendam
  • Municipal Councellor of Culture Coordinator Arts & Culture
    Ariane Vervoorn
    Postbus 180
    1130 AD Volendam
  • Volendams Museum Zeestraat 41
    1131 ZD Volendam

    Opening hours:  March 10th till November 11th, daily 10:00 – 17.00 hr.


    The museum offers an unique and comprehensive collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery and art from the period 1800 to the present.


    The museum has work from painters Henricus Role, early work from H. Reyntjes (1860), Henry Harvard (1873) and early Americans as Edwin Austin Abbey (1880) and Henrietta Wachman (1885) of the woman’s art club and others. Some other famous names from the international artists´ colony are French Charlet, Hans von Bartels, Henri Cassiers, Phil May, Edward Penfield, Nico Jungman, Augustin Hanicotte, Georg Hering, Anthonie Saucer, William Tholen, Wilm Wouters, Willy Sluiter, Pieter van de Hem and Jo Spier.

    There are sculptures including work from Albert Termote, Arend Ode and Tjipke Visser and art photography of Jacob Oly, Bernard Eilers, August Vogt, Johan Siewers & Zn. etc.


    Each season the museum organizes an extra exhibition which exposes a particular theme of the Volendam history, culture and folklore. This year the exhibition is themed to Fishery and Volendams costume


  • Spaander Haven 15-19
    1131 EP Volendam.

    Even though hotel Spaander is a working hotel, given the art collection and the monumental building, it can almost also be considered a “museum”. It is the place where Volendam manifests as an artists colony. From the end of the 19th century, large numbers of artists from the Netherlands and abroad flocked to the hotel situated by the “Zuiderzee”. The guestbooks show a wide variety of (often famous) names among them Auguste Renoir, Paul Signac, Maurice Ravel, Breitner, Edward Grieg Shutter and Saucer. Many artists paid their stay with paintings.

    The extensive collection consists of about 1200 pieces of art, mostly paintings, supplemented by drawings, images, photos and graphics which in the course of more than one hundred years has been collected. The collection still adorns a big part of the hotel

    We find works by Harrie Kuyten, Wilm Wouters, Piet van der Hem, Willy Sluiter, Nicolaas van der Waay, Paul Rieth, Augustin Hanicotte, C.W. Bartlett, Jack Walker, A.C. Drinkwater, Georg Hering, Otto Piltz, John Quincy Adams, Otto Pieper and many others



  • Edams Museum Damplein 8 and
    Damplein 1
    1135 BK Edam

    Opening hours:

    Winterseason: (October 29th - March 31th) Saturday / Sunday: 11.00 - 16.30hr (only Steenen Coopmanshuys Damplein 8 / the dependance Oude Stadthuis Damplein 1 is closed)
    Summerseaon (April 1st - October 28th) Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 16-30 hr. Sunday and on hiolidays 11.00 - 16.30hr (both houses are open to public during the summerseason) 



    Oude Stadhuis geöffnet und wird dort die Motto-Austellung Prisma präsentiert. Die Öffnungszeiten sind dann Dienstag bis einschl. Samstag von 10.00 Uhr bis 16.30 Uhr. Und an de Sonn- und Feiertagen jeweils von 11.00 Uhr bis 16.30 Uhr. Motags ist das Museum geschlossen, ausser am 2. Ostertag und am 2. Pfingsttag.


    The Edams museum offers a collection of 64 paintings on panel or canvas, a graphic and photo collection, and Edam pottery. Among the paintings are some special, rare works. Masterpieces are three life size paintings of prominent Edam figures “the man with the beard”,  “the fat innkeeper" and “big girl”. There is an extraordinary painting by Jan Molenaar (1682) in which the Edam shipbuilder Jacob Mathijsz Oosterling is portrayed proudly standing next to the 92 ships built by him and his family. 

    From April 1st - October 28th the Edams Museum in the Oude Stadthuis shows the exhibition "Prisma"



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