Nothing Goes Better With a Beer Than a Museum Full of Shipwreck Artifacts
Theme bar enthusiasts and museum goers alike will want to add the Wrakkenmuseum to their bucket lists. Located on the property of Hille van Dieren, the "Wreck Museum" features washed up artifacts from around the shores of Terschelling Island in the Netherlands. Aside from owning the bar/museum, van Dieren is also a diver and a salvager—he has been collecting the thousands of items that cover the walls of his space since 1975. The bits and pieces date back as far as 1650 and come from 150 different shipwrecks. Among van Dieren's finds are cutlery, divers' suits, ship parts, and plastic toys, among many other odds and ends.
Behind the main museum building, there's another surprise: a pirate garden! But really, there's an actual pirate ship that's been transformed into a throwback playground of sorts. The museum is open every day, but closes down from Christmas until spring. For more information on what you can find at the Wrakkenmuseum, check out the website.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
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