Four concrete mega-structures in the old sea dyke near Ouwerkerk in Schouwen-Duiveland, the Phoenix caissons, accommodate the unique collection of the recently renovated Watersnoodmuseum. It was not until nine months after the flood that the last breach in the dykes of the south-westerly part of the Netherlands was closed off with these caissons. This historic site, with these silent witnesses of the flood and the following reconstruction, and the surrounding area were declared a National Monument fifty years later.
The museum remains a place to remember the events of 1953, and is also the very spot to look ahead, with the experience of the past and present-day technology in mind. Walk through the museum, see the four caissons and experience the whole tragic story of the Flood, the following reconstruction and our awareness of the environment and water management, now and in the future.