It started on 1 July 1976 with the Johannes Hesselhuis Foundation. On the ground floor was the coffee, tea and tobacco history. The Nature Museum was located on the first floor and the Kultuerried exhibitions were held in the attic of the building. In thirty years more buildings were added with more collections. The organisation grew along with more and more volunteers and employees (approx. 170). De Kultuerried (2001) and the Natuurmuseum (2005) have merged with the museum in the Stichting Museum Joure. The collection of the Nature department was donated in 2011 to Mar en Klif in Oudemirdum, soon to be the centre of nature for the municipality of De Friese Meren. The Frisian Graphic Museum is housed within the walls of the museum.

The primary objective for Museum Joure can be described as follows

Museum Joure wants to introduce a broad public in an attractive and high quality way to the crafts and industrial activities that made Joure flourish around 1900. Particular attention will be paid to the history of Douwe Egberts and the history of the Frisian bells. Subsequently, it also wants to be a centre of knowledge in the field of crafts.
Located in the centre of Joure, Museum Joure strives to be a meeting point of culture. In doing so, the museum wants to be at the heart of society, accessible to everyone.

Museum Joure consists of the following departments

Histoarysk Wurkferbân Skarsterlân (HWS) is concerned with the history of the former municipality of Skarsterlân. In the attic of the Johannes Hessel Warehouse, a study room has been set up where research can be carried out into the rich history. The working group consists of volunteers from the various villages.
HWS publishes the magazine 'Ut eigen gea' with articles about the history of Skarsterlân. The enthusiastic group makes exhibitions on historical subjects such as the Jouster Toer and the Midstraat. They have conversations with older residents of Skarsterlân, who can still tell a lot about the past. If people want to tell their story, they can contact Museum Joure. Old photographic material and historical documents are also welcome.

The Frisian Graphic Museum (FGM) is housed in the Metaalwarenfabriek Keverling.
A printing house where printing is still done on old machines. The ink is fresh and you can smell it. The volunteers are weekly busy with bookmarks, beautiful posters, booklets and giving demonstrations (by appointment). A lively part of the museum, all the more so because here you can see changing exhibitions about the art of printing.

Historical collection
Museum Joure has been a registered museum since 2000. An important requirement is the registration of the basic data of all objects, as far as possible with photo, in the automated registration system Adlib. In addition to registering the collection, documenting cultural-historical research into the objects in Adlib is an important task of the curators.
Preservation and management of the collection is also an important museum task. Measurements of temperature, light and humidity indicate that improvements in the climate are necessary to prevent deterioration of the collection.


Education is an important social part of the museum. The museum focuses on primary education, offering lesson programmes at exhibitions. This is being used more and more.
Also important is the cooperation with both schools in secondary education in Joure. The Historical Collection and Culture departments in particular play an important role in this by providing a programme aimed at this target group. Within the framework of CKV, further investments will be made in the coming period in the relationship between the museum and secondary education. In order to achieve this goal, students of the Pabo and the course Cultural Social Education are also deployed to contribute to these developments.

Museum shop 'The White Ox

The White Ox' is becoming more and more a household name in Joure and surroundings. Especially the personal approach of the enthusiastic volunteers makes a positive contribution to the sales result. One of the most beautiful compliments that De Witte Os has received from a visitor is the following:

It's like stepping back in time when you enter the store. First you walk through the modern shopping street and when you're in 'De Witte Os' you can taste the atmosphere of around 1900. The shop is beautifully decorated in style, the prices do not skyrocket and the very helpful service is in appropriate clothing.

The Coffee and Tea House
Since the renovation in 2001, the Coffee and Tea House has been running at full speed. An enthusiastic group of volunteers ensures that the coffee house is open all days of the week throughout the year. The visitor always finds a listening ear and is surrounded with a lot of attention. Of course the people in the Coffee House serve a nice freshly made cup of coffee or tea, brown cake or a fresh pastry from the baker. The visitor feels as if he has gone back in time... In summer the terrace is very popular. The majestic chestnut forms a natural parasol under which to relax.

Museum register

Museum Joure is a registered museum. As a guarantee of quality, the museum must meet the requirements of the Dutch Museum Register, as evidenced by its inclusion in this register.

ANBI - institution

Museum Joure is registered with the tax authorities as an ANBI institution.


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