Museum 't Fiskershúske

The museum aims to maintain the cottages in their original state and to collect and exhibit objects that are linked to the old inshore fishing industry including the life of the inhabitants of the coastal villages.

The first dwelling, bearing the same name as the museum, shows the interior of a fisherman’s cottage on shore of the Waddenzee, dating back to 1850. The second cottage, ‘de Aek’, is home to the permanent exhibition ‘Fishermen from Wad and Hole’. Here you can see a model of the village, relics of the rescue station of Moddergat, models of ships and reminders of the tragic disaster of 1883, during which 83 fishermen drowned. Finally there is ‘Klaske’s Húske’ with furnishings dating from around 1920.

There is also a small shop, cafe and a slideshow about the history of the double village named Paesens-Moddergat. The museum regularly organizes different exhibitions.

Museum ’t Fiskershúske is located in the northern part of Friesland right on the coast of the Waddenzee. ’t Fiskershúske consists of four small fisherman’s cottages and an exhibition area.

Feel the wind and smell the sea in open air museum ’t Fiskershúske! 

For visitors:

Open from:

17 February to 31 October. Monday to Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

July and August also Sundays from 1 p.m to 5 p.m.

Admission fees:
Adults € 4.00
Children 6-16 € 2.00
Children up to 6 free admission
Family ticket € 9.50 (Parents, and children up to 16 years, maximum 4 children)
Museum card accepted (Museum Jaarkaart)
Groups <15 p. € 3.50

Accessibility: 

't Fiskershúske museum is located in five old fisherman's houses. All five houses are accessible with wheelchairs. Larger electric wheelchairs are more difficult to manoeuvre in the museum. Please inquire as to the possibilities. The museum has a wheelchair available. In front of the museum there is a parking area - free of charge - for disabled persons.   

 There is an electric bike charge point. You can recharge your electric bike at the museum for free, with a capacity for two bikes at a time.


The Moddergat disaster:

One of the most notable events in the history of Paesens-Moddergat is the storm disaster which took place in the night of 5-6 March 1883. That night the fishing fleet of Paesens-Moddergat was suddenly caught in the most violent spring storm in living memory. Eighty-three fisherman, both young and old, died in the ice-cold waters North of the Frisian Islands (Wadden Islands).

Of the capsized boats, no crew member remained alive, except for the fishing boat "Nooitgedacht" with registration number WL2. This boat capsized but remained afloat because of air caught in the fore-cabin.   Fortuitously this is where Gerber Basteleur and his sixty-one year old uncle Kornelis Visser found themselves at the time of the capsizing. They fought for their lives for hours with the icy-cold water chest high. Sadly though, Gerber had to witness how his uncle lost conciousness through exhaustion and slowly surrendered his life to the icy water around him.

Twenty-four hours later the boat stranded upside down on a beach on the island Schiermonikoog. Residents heard knocking from inside. After making an opening in the side of the boat, they found a severely weakened Gerben Basteleur. As soon as he had recovered though, Gerben went back to being a fisherman. Of all people and to his great astonishment, it was he who hauled the body of his brother Jan - who had died in the storm - on board, lying amongst the fish in the fishing net.

The fishermen from Paesens-Moddergat where not the only people to have died in the storm that night. Fishing boats went down all along the coast of Groningen and Holland. But nowhere else was hit so hard as Paesens-Moddergat. In the night of the storm 121 Dutch fisherman died, 83 of them from Paesens-Moddergat.

A monument in memory of the eighty-three who died that night in the storm can be seen across from the museum on the sea embankment.