Bottle-ship Museum – Enkhuizen, Netherlands - Atlas Obscura

Bottle-ship Museum

Enkhuizen, Netherlands

The world's largest collection of ships in bottles. 


This tiny Flessenscheepjes museum in Enkhuizen is said to hold the world’s largest collection of bottle ships–over 750 of them. An incredible variety of miniature boats–rescue boats, whaling ships, steamships, and modern dredgers–have been stuffed into every variety of bottle, from the tiniest light bulb to a 30-liter wine jug. Magnifying glasses are available where needed. On occasion, there are demonstrations of how to build bottle ships. When it is not too crowded, the proud owner of the museum is happy to give you all the details on how bottled ships are assembled, and to show off the top pieces in his collection.

Know Before You Go

The museum is within walking distance of the local train station.

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