The next few years will be an exciting time for the staff of Museum de Heksenwaag in Oudewater. During that time, the museum has to prove that it deserves to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the past, the weigh house was used to weigh people and discover whether they were witches. Those who passed the test received a certificate as proof that they had a normal weight, were not conspiring with the Devil and could therefore not be a witch.
If you have already visited the museum in the past, you will find that it has been renovated in recent years and now has an entirely new style:
- Fascinating audio-visual presentations, a reading library and an exposition tell the story of the witch hunts of old and the role that the weigh house in Oudewater played in all this.
- For children, there is a special animated video and a fun treasure hunt.
- Of course, the original scales from 1482 are still the museum’s centrepiece. Visitors can be weighed and receive the coveted Certificaet van Weginghe from the weigh house director.
Visitors from all over the world have been coming to the weigh house in Oudewater for more than a hundred years. It used to be a matter of life and death; today, it is simply a fun and educational experience for young and old.
With thanks to
The renovation of Museum de Heksenwaag was realised with help from:
Municipality of Oudewater, Province of Utrecht, Mooyman-MARTENS Foundation, Rabobank Montfoort-Oudewater, Elise Mathilde Fund Foundation, Bouwfonds Cultural Fund, Prins Bernhard Cultural Fund, K.F. Hein Fund Foundation and Studio John Blake.