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Diving into Details: Hidden treasures from the Palmwood Wreck

The exhibition Diving into Details gives visitors a sneak peek at the intriguing research focussing on the unique discoveries from the Palmwood Wreck. The newest investigations will be showcased in a large touchscreen. Of course the research on the dress plays a role in the exhibition, but the other objects will also be extensively showcased. One of the spectacular finds will be exhibited in a custom display case as part of a rotating exhibition: now the unique fragments of the Lahore Carpet.

Visitors will find regularly updated details, photos, videos and background information on the touchscreen. This will enable them to keep a close eye on the latest research developments. An identical touchscreen will be placed in the Huis van Hilde, the Archaeological Centre Noord-Holland in Castricum. At a later date, the same information will be made available through the website of Museum Kaap Skil.

Lahore carpet
Several fragments of a remarkable oriental carpet were found among the different textiles of the Palmwood Wreck. It concerns a knotted carpet made from wool and silk, featuring an exotic design with animal scenes. Among others, a lion attacking an ox is clearly visible, as well as a pair of dragon heads. During the seventeenth century, these types of carpets were manufactured in the region of Lahore (in modern-day Pakistan). Only a handful of carpets and carpet fragments with comparable scenes still exist today. It is assumed that oriental carpets featuring animal scenes were only brought to the Netherlands in very small numbers.


The new museum building Kaap Skil is an experience which makes a visit to the museum more than special.

n 2012 the new museum building Kaap Skil was opened to the public. It is designed by Mecanoo architects from Delft. The building has four linked-up, whimsical peaked roofs that merge into the rhythm of the village’s roofs that, seen from the sea, seem to rise above the dyke. The wooden façade of Kaap Skil illustrates the ancient tradition of recycling. The vertical lamellae have been made of sawn hardwood sheet piling from the Noord-Hollands Kanaal, getting a second life this way, just like the museum’s collection items that were once washed ashore.


Anchors cast, lowered sails. Here at the Texel Roads we lie protected from the westerly wind.

In the17th century, in the Golden Age, the Texel Roads was the major anchorage in the world. The richly-laden ships to and from Amsterdam anchored behind the island before their departure and on return from the East. It must have been a magnificent spectacle of masts and sails, sounds of creaking wood and sloshing waves. The Dutch Golden Age was a real sight at the Texel Roads then. Now you can observe it at Kaap Skil.


A westerly gale, an anchor broken loose. Panic at the Texel Roads. A naval disaster will occur.

The bottom of the sea around Texel is strewn with shipwrecks. Hardly surprising when you consider that hundreds of ships were anchored here or passed every day. Many wrecks are buried deep in the sand and might never emerge. But there are also wrecks that stick just out of the sand. Divers who have been there tell the stories of their finds at Kaap Skil.


A strong wind or better still a good storm draws beachcombers to the beach.

Beachcombing is an age-old tradition. In the old days islanders went to the beach for driftwood. They used this wood to build sheds or burn their stoves. Nowadays not much driftwood washes ashore anymore so you might think there is no reason left to go beachcombing. But all sorts of things wash ashore every day. Come and see for yourself at the impressive beachcombers area of Kaap Skil. In the movie you will meet the Texel beachcombers and their exciting tales.


For some a feast of recognition and for others an amazing experience.

The museum’s has got a beautiful outdoor area where visitors can wander around at leisure, observe special objects and look in on the fishing cottages. In these cottages you will go back to the period between 1930-1950. For many visitors it will be a feast of recognition. De wireless in the livingroom, the “clouded” enamel in the kitchen, the water pump over the sink, the box bed behind the doors, the coal-box beside the stove and the ashtray on the table. Special about these cottages is that you may experience how people used to live in very small spaces and see how living and working are intertwined.


Why call a mill a “Traanroeier”? What is a traanroeier, anyway?

The mill of Oudeschild actually comes from Zaandam. In 1902 the mill was demolished and rebuilt here in Oudeschild. Nowadays we cannot imagine our village and the museum without it. You can find past and present of the mill on visiting the “Traanroeier” itself. And you can also find the origin of its strange name there.


You arrive by ferry and you leave by ferry. But it has not always been like that. Sailing for Texel tells the eventful history of the 100 year-old ferry connection between Texel and Den Helder.

The ferry connection between Texel and Den Helder has been carried out by TESO (Texel Steamboat Company) for more than one hundred years. TESO’s history is shown in the exhibition “Sailing for Texel”. It is an informative exhibition taking large strides from the first steamboat to the latest two-decker.


Who dares to take a dive under water with nervous Captain Verbel?

A submarine to search for wrecks under water. That is what nervous captain Verbel has made. His submarine is here at the museum. He is looking for crew members to search for wrecks of VOC ships at the Texel Roads. Are you ready for adventure?

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