Museum Joure, that's where you make it

Over het museum

A surprising museum of manufacturing

In a real craft village


Have you ever noticed that it says "Joure 1753" on a pack of Douwe Egberts coffee?

It refers to a monumental industrial site in the middle of Joure. The site where the world-famous coffee brand once began is now Museum Joure. This place still exudes traditional craftsmanship and you can smell freshly roasted coffee. But Joure and its museum are more. Meet the four making routes - and get involved.

A ticket includes a cup of coffee, tea or lemonade. The museum is also great fun for children.

Taste the origins of Douwe Egberts and Pickwick

Op de bakermat van Douwe Egberts vind je natuurlijk alles over de wereldberoemde Jouster koffie- en theemaker. Van de populaire D.E-geschenken en nostalgische reclameschilderingen, tot schitterend servies, heerlijk geurende koffiebranders en een ingenieuze theezakjesmachine. Ook diverse panden herinneren aan Douwe Egberts. Zoals het markante winkeltje De Witte Os (sinds 2018 KLM-huisje), het herenhuis, het pakhuis en het geboortehuisje van grondlegger Egbert Douwes.

Marvel at the fine technique of Frisian clocks

Joure has traditionally been a real crafts village. Fueled by the flourishing trade in coffee and tea but also the production of the famous Frisian clocks. Joure was the center of the clock industry in the early nineteenth century. And still the village has typical Frisian clock making businesses. Museum Joure also has an authentic clock workshop, as well as a clock store and the world's largest collection of the famous clock.

A photogenic little industrial site in the middle of Joure

Experience the craftsmanship of casters and blacksmiths

In addition to the warehouses and workshops that make the history of Douwe Egberts and the Frisian clock tangible, the atmospheric museum grounds also feature a beautiful former Metalware factory. In the photogenic building you can learn about the traditional process of yellow casting, another typical Jouster craft. Together with the workshops of the coppersmith and silversmith, the yellow foundry forms the Metaal route.

Museum Joure - Museum in Friesland

Get busy with authentic printing presses

The authentic print shop completes our versatile making museum. It shows the book printing techniques of the early twentieth century. Printers and typesetters are regularly at work with the impressive platen press, control press and other fascinating machines. Graphic artists and designers get their money's worth here, but it is also a feast for "ordinary visitors" - young and old. Will you succeed in printing a bookmark?

Also a super fun museum for children

Klaas Gubbels at museum in Friesland

'Cascade' by Klaas Gubbels

This six-meter-high aroma-red artwork by Klaas Gubbels first stood in Amsterdam, but in 2020 (thanks to crowdfunding) was given a permanent place in the park near Museum Joure. Kaskade depicts coffee and tea pots in red Corten steel. 

Nagenieten in het café, op het terras of in de museumtuin

museumcafe joure tunkeamer

Enjoy afterward in the museum café

Met een zelfgedrukte boekenlegger en een ervaring rijker loop je door de museumtuin (mét terras) naar Museumcafé De Túnkeamer. In deze woonkamer van de voormalig Douwe Egberts-eigenaar, drink je een lekkere kop koffie – Douwe Egberts uiteraard – en praat je na over wat je afgelopen anderhalf uur hebt gezien en gedaan.

white ox store museum friesland

Fresh, museum-roasted coffee for the home

Want to reminisce at home? Then take a packet - roasted in the museum - of coffee from the famous Douwe Egberts shop De Witte Os. There are also loose teas and various delicacies available.

One ticket includes cup of coffee, tea or lemonade