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Visit Museum Schoenenkwartier Waalwijk

As a stage, workshop, study center and laboratory, we connect the rich past of the leather and shoe industry to the future. With this, we occupy a special position in the cultural landscape, in the heart of Waalwijk. Housed in a monumental building by Alexander Kropholler, accessible for the disabled and named Public Building of the Year in 2022. We connect heritage and technology with fashion, design and innovation. This includes tours, meeting and lecture opportunities as well as workshops. These are easily accessible and offered under expert guidance.

  1. Inspires, amazes and informs young and old alike
  2. In monumental building in downtown Waalwijk
  3. Museum, workshop, knowledge & making lab, research library, study center and stage in one
  4. Learn all about Waalwijk as the leather and shoe capital of the Netherlands
  5. Connects past with sustainable future


In our building ensemble you will find some 13,000 shoes, various permanent and temporary exhibitions, a knowledge center with research library, workshop space and auditorium, a museum café and laboratories for design and prototyping. Admire the museum collection and wander through the various spaces, through which both interested public and professionals determine their own path and pace.

Special for all ages

Shoes are part of everyone's identity. For young and old, and for rich and poor. Therefore, besides looking and learning, we are also about participation and awareness. The classic shoe and leather industry was very polluting. Partly because of this, innovative, sustainable materials have been used in the café and museum store. This increases our appeal to young people.
Shoe Quarter
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Wies De GrootWies De Groot
14:58 21 Oct 22
Nice museum about the origins of the shoe industry in the Langstraat.Beautiful collection of shoes, boots of Elvis ABBA, Elton John and rappers I do not know and of course Jan Jansen. And luitjes beware; shoes by Ruben Wamshuis, from rope, laces and sisal or Back to Basic!!!!
Els Duijkers-EmmenEls Duijkers-Emmen
08:39 28 Aug 22
What a wonderful museum. Fantastic set up and great explanations of the process of leather tanning to the final footwear. Present and past in all sizes and colors. Highly recommended!
Johan VermuntJohan Vermunt
16:28 04 Aug 22
Nice shoe museum.See how shoes are made in the past and now from leather to shoe.From many celebrities.You can enjoy yourself here for at least two hours.
Roxanne van de ZandenRoxanne van de Zanden
14:56 29 Jul 22
Wow, how wonderful this museum turned out! Lots of interactive elements too, fun for young and old 🤗✨
If you like shoes this is a must see museum.You will see from the beginning how they make leather.Also the shoe history in this region is highlighted.The museum is interactive. Workshops are held.The museum is located in the center of Waalwijk so after your visit you can enjoy a terrace or do some shopping.

Customize sneakers, or still a leather bracelet?

The Schoenenkwartier organizes approachable workshops on leather and shoes. Participants find it very cool to make their own bag or sneakers, customize sneakers, or make a leather flower, choker or bracelet under expert guidance. A visit to this innovative museum is already impressive; such a workshop makes it unforgettable!