With a rich and active history dating back to Roman times, Goeree-Overflakkee is a true 'treasure island’. In addition to the historic village centres, there is lots to discover in the various museums on Goeree-Overflakkee.
At the Streekmuseum (Regional museum) in Sommelsdijk, you can learn how influential water has been to the history of the island. The museum respectfully tells the sensitive story of the North Sea flood of 1953. In the open-air museum, De Menheerse Werf in Middelharnis, the maritime history of the island comes to life. The former lighthouse in Goedereede is home to permanent exhibitions. Climb this iconic landmark for a breath-taking view.
The strategic location of Goeree-Overflakkee's coast was the reason for the German occupier to build a large complex of bunkers. This defensive wall against the Allies consisting of fifteen bunkers has been excavated and is open to the public. Several times throughout the year, the route can be visited with a guide.
The transportation revolution pulls the island out of isolation. With the construction of the Delta Works, the rest of the world became accessible to the people living on the island, and vice versa. Goeree-Overflakkee was suddenly accessible to the public. An enthusiastic group of volunteers keep the past alive at the RTM museum. You can even go on a tram ride along the very route that first connected the island population to the mainland at the beginning of the last century.