Madurodam is a miniature park and tourist attraction in the Scheveningen district of The Hague in the Netherlands. It is home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities and large developments.
The park was opened in 1952 and has since been visited by tens of millions of visitors. The entirety of net proceeds from the park go towards various charities in the Netherlands. In 2012, Madurodam celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Although Madurodam is mainly a miniature city, a collection of Dutch landmarks is also found amidst the landscapes. They include: Canal houses, tulip fields, cheese market, a wooden shoes factory, windmills, the Peace Palace, the Delta Works, etc. And, Madurodam presents visitors all the relevant Dutch stories behind the miniature buildings through multimedia and numerous interactive installations.
Madurodam strives to show a realistic view of The Netherlands in a scaled down environment. Everything, including flora and street decoration, is scaled model. Producing scaled-down trees is time consuming. Also there are a lot of little people around the buildings. This shows the real life of the Dutch people. These “residents” also change with the weather. In the winter they wear jackets and warm clothes and in the summer they wear T-shirts. The “residents” of Madurodam have become more and more multicultural, and include some who appear to have come from other countries (immigrants), reflecting real life in The Netherlands.
Unlike the rest of the park, the Hof van Nederland (Dutch court) is not built as a miniature, but is made in a real life size landscape. In 4 minutes the attraction explains the beginning of the Netherlands in 1572. The attraction is inspired by the Hof van Nederland in Dordrecht and was opened on 19 July 2015.
Apart from that, Madurodam offers visitors the stories on interactive touch screens which are activated with visitors’ personal scan card. All stories about Holland are available in Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. Get more information about Madurodam visit https://madurodam.nl/en/.