Museum BroekerVeiling, the oldest passthrough vegetable auction in the world. At this historic site in Broek op Langedijk, auctioning by auction originated in 1887 This system is used today at all major auctions. The memory is kept alive by the historic auction building and the striking livery halls built over the water.

The museum consists of two buildings: building The Future and building The Past. There is also a beautiful outdoor area.
The entrance is located in The Future. You will recognize the building by its striking exterior facade, which features an impression of the original Kingdom of a Thousand Islands. The modern appearance of the building was realized based on an aerial photograph from the 1950s.

The Past

The Past is an imposing National Monument, consisting of livery halls dating back to 1925 and a 1912 afmijnzaal. The building stands on 1900 wooden posts above the water.
The recesses are made entirely of wood and are connected to open water. The barges are still patiently waiting there. Gardeners used to sail in here and wait for the auction to begin.

Outdoor Museum

The outdoor museum is beautiful. With fields, an orchard, animals, a barge ramp and original bridges. In the fields are the produce of the season. Cauliflower, potatoes, onions, beets, leeks, white, red and kale. For present-day generations, it is sometimes a discovery to see how vegetables grow.

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The markdown room

The auction room is the monumental jewel of Museum BroekerVeiling. This was the economic heart of the region’s horticultural culture until 1973. Many exquisite details, Art Nouveau elements and the authentic auction clock from 1903, make it an impressive space. You will participate in an auction yourself, learning how a foreclosure auction works. You should really pay what you buy. You set the price via the auction clock. If you print too early, you will pay too much. If you press too late then you have nothing.

This is an exciting and original event involving humor, fresh vegetables, and the auctioneer! A joyful experience for young and old alike.


Take a seat in the auction benches. You will be in the unique 1912 auction building. It still truly exudes the atmosphere of yesteryear. You determine the price for the vegetables offered via the authentic auction clock from the early 1900s. Press at the right time and feel trader of the day! Also great fun for children.


The cruise departs from the museum and takes you into the beautiful, last remaining part of the Kingdom of the Thousand Islands, the Oosterdel area. Here you will get a good idea of the island fields, several hundred of which remain today. That used to be more than 15,000! The island kingdom and Museum BroekerVeiling are historically inseparable! Vegetables grown on the island fields were traded in the auction.

Guided tour (for reserved groups)

The tour guide knows the stories of the past and talks about the many details in the monument. If you join the tour, you will learn all about the origins of the island kingdom, the unique life of the horticulturists of yesteryear and the many peculiarities that belonged to life in and around the Kingdom of a Thousand Islands.


Museum BroekerVeiling is a living museum. During the season, it bustles with special activities for both children and adults.

Often the fish smoker is present, so you can buy a freshly smoked fish. On certain days, the demonstration blacksmith is present, or you can visit the Damschuit, an authentic tjalk where Ome Dirk is at the helm. He is happy to show you around on his barge!

Contact details

Museum BroekerVeiling

Visiting address:
Museum Road 2
1721 BW Broek op Langedijk

Mailing address:
PO Box 1
1720 AA Broek op Langedijk

Tel. (0226) 31 38 07
Fax (0226) 31 83 04
E-mail: [email protected]

Public transportation

From Alkmaar NS railway station by bus line 10.
Get off at Museumweg stop, Broek op Langedijk


The free parking lot of Museum Broeker Veiling has, due to work around Shopping Center Broekerveiling, been moved a little to the west for the time being,a two-minute walk from the museum.

This also applies to the bus parking lot.