Objects, documents and paintings, brought together in attractive museums, bring you on the trail of the past, recent or distant. Regional museums have rooms which are often tastefully laid out and show how the people in that area used to live. De Koperen Knop, the regional museum of the Alblasserwaard, is housed in a monumental 17th century farmhouse in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. There you can see antique wall tiles, cupboard beds and farmhouse cupboards filled with linen, a ‘best room’ and a loft where they used to house the cows when the ground was flooded. In the outbuildings there is a smithy and a hoop-maker’s. The stylish premises which house the collection of the Streekmuseum [Regional Museum] De Hoeksche Waard is the Hof van Assendelft in Heinenoord. In addition to beautiful period rooms a collection of historic artifacts, traditional costumes, porcelain and tools of village craftsmen can be seen.
The inhabitants of Sliedrecht were very competent in shipbuilding, the maintenance of willow beds and reedlands and the dredging of rivers. As a result of this they ended up in the dredging industry. In the Nationaal Baggermuseum [National Dredging Museum] in Sliedrecht you can get an idea of the lives of the dredgers, both in the past and now. Models of dredgers show this specialised work.
In the Gorcums Museum you can see how the fortifications came about and all that has happened within the city walls in the course of the centuries.
The Dordrechts Museum has a wonderful collection of Dutch paintings and drawings. From the pupils of Rembrandt to the Dutch impressionists and contemporary artists such as Armando and Appel. Admire the landscapes of Aelbert Cuyp, still lives of fruit and flowers, an interior by Nicolaes Maes or the paintings on wall coverings by the Van Strij brothers, from the interior of a country house in Dordrecht. Sometimes the city dwellers elevated the interior to an art form, by means of paintings on walls and ceilings or by furnishing it with costly objects. Stare open-mouthed at the beautiful period rooms of the museum Huis van Gijn in Dordrecht, which also has an exceptional collection of porcelain, silver, glass and antique toys. The Grote Kerk [Great Church] in Dordrecht is not only a striking monument but also has a very interesting interior. The wood carvings decorating the choir stalls, the organ and the massive pulpit draw immediate attention. Walk into one of the hofjes [courtyards], where little houses, once built for poor women and widows, are grouped around an inner garden. In the ‘Hofje van mevrouw van Aerden’ in Leerdam you can visit a gallery with paintings and the Regentenkamer [Regents’ room]. More Information: VVV office.