Jan Bouman House Potsdam

Jan Bouman Haus - Küche, Foto: Jan Bouman Haus
Jan Bouman Haus - Wirtschaftsgebäude und Garten, Foto: Jan Bouman Haus

The Jan Bouman House is a unique place to discover the traditions and legacy of the city’s Dutch Quarter. Operated by the Association for the Care of Dutch Culture in Potsdam, the house and museum provide visitors a look at this historic German destination from a completely different angle. In the process, travellers will get a deeper appreciation for the importance of Potsdam’s overall value.
 
Built in 1735, the structure, where the museum is located, was one of more than 130 Dutch-style homes constructed in the quarter over a 10-year period. The brick gable house is an architectural marvel and, importantly, typical of the period — a point that will provide visitors with a sense of the care taken to create the houses of this district.
 
The museum and house are named for Jan Bouman, an architect, shipbuilder, designer, craftsman and furniture maker. He was also the leader of a movement — commissioned by Prussian King Frederick William I. to encourage more Dutch skilled workers to the city — to build the collection of homes that would eventually become the quarter.
 
After a period of renovation, the museum opened to visitors in 1997. Today, visitors will find a rotation of special collections as well as a permanent exhibition of period pieces. The museum’s overall holdings include a spinning wheel, furniture, tiles and cooking tools. The purpose of the exhibited items, like the house itself, is to give patrons a sense of what life was like during this era for the Dutch population in Potsdam in the mid-18th century.
 
Guests to the Jan Bouman House will also find a regularly occurring slate of events. These include film screenings, guided tours, and fashion presentations. One very special event for the youngsters is a workshop to explain the concept of house building. The session allows the little ones to take a hands-on approach to planning construction while learning the history of the Dutch Quarter.

Opening hours:
13:00 - 18:00
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Price information:
Adult: 3,00 €
Reduced: 2,00 €
Children: