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Fort Kijkduin
View on Fort Kijkduin
Fortresshouse available for overnight
North Sea Aquarium Fort Kijkduin
Cannons of all times

All important info for the on-site visit

The Museum

The fortress is in its original form built between 1811-1813 in command of Napoleon. Artisans from all over the province of North Holland and hundreds of Spanish prisoners of war worked on the fortress.
When you enter Fortress Kijkduin, you will first pass a large fortification with the aim to defend the fortress, the guard house and the fortress guards house. Behind this defensive wall is the main courtyard with the house and guard house. After passing the two houses, you walk via the bridge to the roof with the 65 meters longreduit.

The reduit was the place where all the soldiers resided. Via the hall you can go down with the stairs or the elevator to the vaults of the fortress where the museum and North Sea aquarium are located.

Come and explore the world of Fort Kijkduin!

Focal points

Museum of local history , Military , Maritime , Archaeology , Animals , Interesting for children, Natural history museum


Admiraal Verhuellplein 1
1789 AX Huisduinen
+31 223 61 23 66

Opening hours

The museum and the North Sea aquarium are opened daily From 10:00 am to 05:00 pm in the summer timeFrom 11:00 am to 05:00 pm in the wintertimeExceptions:Christmas day (december 25th) and the 31st of December we are closedThe first of January we are opened from 12:00 pm to 05:00 pm


Admission fees Entrance to the Museum and the North Sea Aquarium include a guided tourAdults: € 8,- Children 4/12 years: € 7,- Children 0/3 years: free entrance Seniors 65+ years: € 7,- Group entrance fees (min. 25 people) on request, for more information: info@fortkijkduin.nl

Guided tours

Guided toursA visit tour fortress Kijkduin is more fun and exciting with a tour of one of our guides! Learn all about the fortress and its history. Who used to live here? What was the purpose of the fortress? What was the reason to build the fortress?Our guides tells you everything you want to know! The tours are offered at scheduled times and you can just join a tour!Tours with a private guide costs € 20,-Times of the tours:- During the weekends at 11:00 am, 01:00 pm and 03:00 pm- On weekdays (excluding school holidays) at 01:00 pm- Guided tours are available but only if our guides are present.


The North Sea aquarium is established in fortress Kijkduin since 1996, open to the public for 363 days per year. In the beginning, it was the first aquarium in the Netherlands where visitors could walk through a twelve-metre-long underwater tunnel where you can experience the sea under water. The theme of the aquarium is since the opening entirely focused on the life in the North Sea. In mid-2014 a partial replacement and upgrading of the sea aquarium has started. Not only the North Sea is mentioned, but also the fish migration to the Wadden Sea is discussed. Fortress Kijkduin is located at the place where the North Sea and the Wadden Sea meet.Visiting our aquarium is an exciting and educational adventure, where you can see not only fish but also touching the fish.

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