Almere from Above (Almere Boven) is a photo exhibition from Stadsarchief Almere (the official Almere city archive). Stadsarchief Almere selected a collection of 25.000 aerial photo’s that demonstrate the history and development of Almere.
I visited the exhibition recently and enjoyed the photos, descriptions of the area and accompanying anecdotes. The exhibition visualizes how the city developed from nothing but water into the 8th largest city of the Netherlands. The exhibition starts with the initial pump station surrounded by water. After the dikes were closed off, this pump station dried the land in around 7 months. The exhibition continues by comparing the initial land to the current city and shows everything in between.
If you are in town and have around 15-30 mins to spare, I would recommend a visit. Even if you are not a local or keen on history, it is still fascinating to see how land can be reclaimed from water. So Dutch!
The exhibition is in Dutch only but luckily, the photos speak volumes. It is open until 26 September 2021 and is free of charge.
Every Wednesday until Friday: 13:00 – 17:00
The exhibition is located on the left side of the main entrance of the library.