Stadskanaal appears to be a very modern city; many new houses and buildings.


Driving along the canal, before you pass the yellow gate, turn right and you’ll find the Rail museum S.T.A.R. Museumspoorlijn. A workshop of the steam-train and it has a stop on the section Veendam – Stadskanaal – Musselkanaal. During the months of June to November this train drives on specific days. The workshop is open more often.


Further on along the canal, just past the bend, which was constructed by King William the Third, you see a striking water-tower. And beside that the district museum Streek-museum is located. A small museum; a black-and-white movie is shown about life during the peat era.


The gallery Boven-Galerie, which means upstairs gallery, is unfortunately only to be reached by stairs.

And the Museum Musica (music museum, along the canal) is only opened on Saturday and Sunday, except in July and August.


It is worth the trouble to make a trip to Onstwedde, which is approximately 10 km via a picturesque route. At the Brink follow the direction of the sign ZWEMBAD and then at the first corner on your left is the museum Radio- & Speelgoedmuseum. Very small, but with an interesting collection of radios, a very enthusiastic host will take you a interesting tour. Children are allowed to play the miniature trains and other mechanic toys.


Turning to the right at the Brink, near the design-shop, you find a tavern Herberg-Museum Slaait’nhoes. An old fashioned tavern, full of curiosities. It has an innkeeper who serves old-fashioned meals, but also prepares, when ordered, a luxurious dinner-show. Often he is occupied with making pictures in very fine sand. Intriguing!





Streekhistorisch Museum, Stadskanaal: open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 – 17.00 hrs, Sunday from 14.00 – 17.00 hrs and from first of May to first of October only on the first Sunday of the month.

The steam-train Museumspoorlijn goes regularly in June, July and August on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The Dutch Tourist Office VVV has the timetable.

Radio- & Speelgoedmuseum, Onstwedde: open from April to September: Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 – 17.00 hrs and Saturday  en and Sunday from 13.00 – 17.00 hrs. In winter only in the afternoon.

Slaait’nhoes, Onstwedde: a tavern, so, open regularly; many sorts of arrangements to be had, tel.: 0599-332232.