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Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium)

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Address: Admiraal Verhuellplein 1, 1789 AX Den Helder, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 223 612 366
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Fort Kijkduin was built by Napoleon after the failed Anglo-Russian invasion of North-Holland. It has undergone a few transformations since then, with the lighthouse being removed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 April 2016
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Julianadorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

nice historic buildings and nice sealife to see , good restaurant/hotel close to beach near harbour city Den Helder

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Fort Kijkduin was built by Napoleon after the failed Anglo-Russian invasion of North-Holland. It has undergone a few transformations since then, with the lighthouse being removed and rebuilt a little further on the dunes. Different rooms tell different phases of the history, with a focus on the Napoleonic time and world war 2. A wing and machine gun of a... More 

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Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

The museum is ok. The building is impressive, the aquarium is nice. The restaurant good. Surrounding nature even better.

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Thank LeavingHolland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015 via mobile

My 3 year old enjoyed the aquarium. It's not that big but some nice displays where you can get really close to the fish. The museum looked interesting but all details were in Dutch. It would have been nice if the exhibit details would be in English.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

The aquarium was great fun but we were less satisfied with the other part of the museum. We would like to find out the history of the fort since napoleon but it was an unchronological exposition of first and second war items.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

I lived in Huisduinen when I was growing up. At the time the facility was qualified as military. Nice to see it open to the public. A lot of money was spend on cleaning up the fort,however needs more money spend to bring it up to scratch. Nice museum. Great views.

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Den Helder, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2014

I visited this location with my son. We walked all around the grounds and saw all the history that the fort has to offer. There was also a small aquarium on the grounds, and seeing some of the aquatic life that is right next door is also an engaging experince for the kids and adults alike. I will be going... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

We saw the museum only, it was pretty good. There are a lot of museums in Den Helder. This one was devoted mostly to militaria.

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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

I visited here with my cousins who had been there before but according to them the entire operation has gone downhill. Even though the money isnt there to improve the facilities and maintain it effectively, i still enjoyed the visit. The museum is small but pretty cool because it is in the old fort and is very diverse. The aquarium... More 

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

I have worked in Den Helder for a few years now and in march i was waiting for my ship to get into the harbour so had a bit of time to kill so went to the fort whitch was ok but i did not realise they also have a aquarium which was awsome it has quite a lot of... More 

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