Delta Works


More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level. The Delta Works were built to keep everyone safe and to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster. You can relive history at Deltapark Neeltje Jans: from the flood disaster to the construction of the Delta Works. Exhibitions, films and a visit to the storm surge barrier itself will give you an impression of the stupendous power of water. People come to view the storm surge barrier from as far away as America.

Access to the barrier is only possible under the guidance of a guide employed by Deltapark Neeltje Jans. For more information and prices click here

Delta Experience (new)

Deltapark Neeltje Jans is located at the foot of the largest storm surge barrier in the world. What is the story behind this immense structure? The Delta Experience explains the history of the Dutch struggle against water in a way that is innovative, accessible and lively.

The Delta Experience is an impressive panoramic 3D animation that allows visitors to experience the devastating power of water. It is the story of the largest post-war natural disaster in the Netherlands. Visitors get a sense of what happened in Zeeland on the night of 31 January 1953, a historic event that was not captured on film. See and experience how the North Sea waves wiped out part of the Netherlands.

Once the storm subsides, a waterfall of archive images will appear. You will see the damage caused by the disaster as well as the reconstruction of Zeeland and the construction of the Delta works. The educational film warns visitors about the threat that water poses: will the Delta works be able to protect us in the future?

Delta Expo + Flood disaster 1953

Delta Expo

Delta Expo shows the story behind the Delta Works and the construction of the storm surge barrier in the Eastern Scheldt. Photographs, models and audio-visual presentations illustrate 2000 years of struggle against the sea in words and images.

Exhibition 1953 Flood

20 hours of north-westerly storm pushed the waters of the North Sea up to a height of 4.20 meters above Amsterdam ordnance zero. This proved too much for the dikes in Zeeland. Hundreds of gaps appeared and almost 200,000 hectares were flooded with swirling, salty sea water. The exhibition about the 1953 flood at Delta-Expo communicates the human experience of the catastrophe.

Film Delta Finale

Delta Expo and the Delta Finale film are a step by step record of the history and construction of the storm surge barrier. The storm surge barrier of the Eastern Scheldt tested the limits of contemporary engineering. New techniques were tested in laboratories. Ships were designed and built especially for the construction of the barrier. The techniques used set new benchmarks and attracted national and international interest. This storm surge barrier was and is absolutely unique.

Fragments from the Delta Finale film

Here you can view a series of fragments from the film
Delta Finale with Windows Media Player.

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Storm surge barrier

Most of Zeeland is at or under sea level. In 1953 the dikes were in poor condition and too low. In those days the chance of flooding was once in eighty years. Thanks to the storm surge barrier, this risk has now been reduced to less than once in 4000 years. Take the opportunity to visit this construction inside and outside. You will be surrounded by concrete with a 200-year guarantee, 45 meter wide steel doors are raised to let the tides rush through below them. A must to visit – a must to have seen!

Access to the barrier is only possible under the guidance of a guide employed by Deltapark Neeltje Jans. For more information and prices click here

Film Storm surge barrier
Source:; Job van de Sande.

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Panoramaview Storm surge barrier

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