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The Volksbuurt Museum, a/k/a the Dutch Museum of Working-Class Neighborhoods, is a special celebration of the industrious soul of hard-working skilled laborers around the turn of the century. Like most cities at that time, Utrecht had a working-class slum where “the common people” lived, often inside smaller houses in poor condition. The township’s most densely populated neighborhood back then was “Wijk C”, a 1000-year-old district called Handvoetboog where large families lived in small hovels. The neighborhood no longer exists, but its impact and memory are duly recorded here in the Volksbuurt Museum.

Walk in their Shoes

Visitors will step into the life of the fictious “De Jong” family and discover the big times and small stories of ordinary life in the early 1900s. Endless chores, class struggles, petty crime, and constant hunger were just some of the challenges that impoverished locals dealt with every day. These stories are explained through videos, artifacts, re-enactments, and artworks from the era. After this revealing exhibit, you may look at your own neighborhood with a new perspective!

Dutch people and locals will likely find the exhibits a fascinating return to an earlier age, fostering a better understanding of the problems their forebears endured. But for foreign tourists, with a limited schedule, there may be better ways to spend your time here in Utrecht, especially without a good knowledge of the Dutch language, though English is used in many displays.

DISPLAYS SHOW GENERATIONS OF CITY LIFE
DISPLAYS SHOW GENERATIONS OF CITY LIFE
DISPLAYS SHOW GENERATIONS OF CITY LIFE

Park Videos

The video above shows a 2000 year time lapse of the Domplein

Incredible aerial shots of the bell tower in clouds