WATERSNOODMUSEUM

 

THE MUSEUM

The Watersnoodmuseum is a Dutch museum in Ouwerkerk, located in four caissons that were used to close off the last dam hole during the flood in 1953.  A caisson is structure that is used on a foundation of a bridge or a dam, in order to pump out the water and keep the work environment dry.  Watersnoodmuseum is a volunteer-ran museum, that found it’s establishment in 2001. The project started in 1993, during the 40-year memorial of the water disaster. With help of volunteers and sponsors, the museum could finally be opened.

Flood control is an important issue in the Netherlands as two thirds of our country is vulnerable to flooding due to it’s low landscapes. Dams, sand dunes and also constructed dikes, provide a protection system against storms from the sea. River dikes prevent flooding from water flowing into the country by the major rivers Rhine and Meuse, while a complicated system of drainage ditches, canals, and pumping stations keep the low-lying parts dry for habitation and agriculture. Nowadays flood disasters have been prevented with help of technological developments and large construction works. 

The museum tells stories about past flood disasters and gives insight in the technology behind our water protection system.

 

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION HELPS TELLING THE STORY

The Dutch water protection system is a complicated and advanced organisation. To be able to translate the story into a visual language that is understandable for every visitor, the technical production is of great importance. Using state of the art technolog, we have delivered an installation for the museum to surprise the audience with a digital explanation and experience of historical events.