Czar Peter


 Tsar Peter House


Far from St. Petersburg, in the Netherlands, rests a microcosm of Russian history in the form of a small house where Peter the Great once lived.

The Tsar Peter House is one of the oldest examples of Dutch timber. Without the united efforts of Russia and the Netherlands, the cottage would no longer exist. To protect the wooden cottage against the elements, a stone roof was added in 1823 with open arches, paid for by Princess Anna Pavlona. After her death she left the house to her son, Prince Henry. Tsar Alexander III had supports added in 1890, as well as a stone foundation.

Plan Your Visit


Please NOTE:
the Tsar Peter House is located at the city center of Zaandam

Czaar Peterhuisje

Krimp 23
1506 AA Zaandam
+31(0)75 681 00 00

Opening Hours
Tuesday -  Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 h
On public holidays (on Mondays as well) the Tsar Peter House is opened from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm
On 25 december and 1 January the Tsar Peter House is closed.

Entrance Fees:
Adults 3,00
65+ 2,50
0 to 4 years free of charge
4 to 17 years 2,00
Museum Card free of charge
CJP 2,50
Student Card 2,50
Groups > 10 pers. 2,50


subject to price changes


For the disabled, the accessibility to the Tsar Peter House is restricted. The stone conversion and the presentation is reasonably accessible, the wooden house is not accessible for wheelchair users and walkers.

The Tsar Peter House is located in the city center of Zaandam at 'Krimp 23'.
It will take a ten minutes walk from the train station.

(click images to enlarge)

(paid) parking on walking distance is possible e.g. at 'De Burcht' and the car park at the 'Zaanstheater' (theatre).


On a regular base, you can join Russian Workshops at the Tsar Peterhouse, like painting Matrosjka's. The Russian artist Larisa Bilous will teach the specific techniques and tells you the story behind the Russian traditions.

The costs of the workshops are  15,00 p.p. (including entrance fee, materials, coffee/tea/lemonade)




Press release

November 2012

Start of Restoration Project Tsar Peterhouse

Wednesday 28 November the restoration project of the Tsar Peterhouse in Zaandam (Netherlands) will start. The world famous house, which was built in 1632 out of old ship wood and where the Russian tsar Peter the Great stayed for eight days in 1697, will undergo a thorough restoration.
The Tsar Peterhouse, a monument, is in need of a thorough restoration. Without intervention the house will sink even more. Also, in the foundation maggots were found, which can have catastrophic consequences.

In 2013 the bilateral Netherlands Russia year will start. The Zaans Museum, administrator of the Tsar Peterhouse, took the restoration as an opportunity to offer the project as a sponsored project to a Russian partner. In cooperation with the Russian Trade Representation, the Zaans Museum contacted the Summa Group from Russia.
The Summa Group recognizes the historical significance of the Tsar Peterhouse to Russia and is honored to be involved in the restoration project as a sponsor.

In March 2013, with the start of  the bilateral Netherlands Russia Year, the house will be re-opened and back in full glory for public again. With the opening of the Tsar Peterhouse and the start of the bilateral Netherlands Russia Year, a variety of special activities will be opganised.

Fokelien Renckens, director Zaans Museum and Farida Guseynova, administrator Tsar Peterhouse