Delightful museums

Navigo National Fisheries Museum

Navigo Nationaal Visserijmuseum

Pastoor Schmitzstraat 5 - Oostduinkerke
T +32 (0)58/23 16 27

This maritime heritage site includes a museum where the rich past of the coastal fisheries is brought back to life through life-size settings, illustrations and several interactive elements.

Today’s fisheries
Visit the visitor centre to find out more about the Flemish fisheries sector at the beginning of the 21st century, tips for tourists, and a heritage shop. The ship’s boy workshop teaches fisheries techniques and traditions and is a perfect activity for those on school camp at the seaside.

Fisheries from the past
Be guided by the fishermen, take part in the numerous interactive and audiovisual displays and walk through the history of the Flemish fisheries. Get to know the living and working conditions of Flemish fishermen along the west coast, including beach fishing and beachcombing, superstition and popular beliefs held by fishermen, the life of a fisherman’s family, and a historical shipyard. The local courtyard inn, called ‘Estaminet De Peerdevisscher’, is an authentic tavern. Throughout the summer season, folklore nights including folk dances are held in and around the inn every Friday night. Visit the stalls exhibiting specialities from the fishery trade and local seafood delicacies at the historic market.

De Vistrap

Vistrap Oostende

Visserskaai Oostend

At the colourful fisherman’s quay, not much is left from the original fishermen’s steps (‘Vistrap’). A covered fish market that sells live, fresh fish every day is now located where the steps once were. The steps are no longer there, but the name and reputation remained.


Dairy Museum

Zuivelmuseum© Zuivelmuseum

Brugsesteenweg 68 - Blankenberge
T. +32 (0)50/41 18 75

The Dairy museum displays a history of more than 350 years of butter and cheese manufacturing. Tools and historic machinery, photographs and unique documents show visitors how milk and cheese were prepared in the old days.

Fish Market on the Wharf

de Vismijn Nieuwpoort

Kaai - Nieuwpoort
T. +32 (0)58/23 33 64

Come and smell the atmosphere, literally! The fish auction is a spectacle that appeals to all the senses. Each week from 15 June until 15 September, visitors are invited to take a guided tour in and around the fish market and to experience the fish auction first-hand. Guided tours start at 9.30 a.m. at the Tourist Office in the town hall, where a local guide will be waiting for you.