Maritime Museum, Amsterdam
It seems to me that the museum is hesitating between functioning as a playground for children with the rooms of the West wing and the VOC replica and a scientific-historical approach in the East Wing with a display of an extensive collection of navigation instruments, globes (for specialists), a collection of maritime models of Dutch yachts old and new. I was more pleased visiting the room on the ship ornaments and maritime paintings.
The building from 1656, the Dutch Golden Age, is interesting because it was a storehouse (arsenal) for the Admiralty of Amsterdam at a time when Amsterdam was the largest port and market place in the world.
The four wings are surrounding an inner courtyard that has been covered with glass.
If I was a child I would love this replica of an 18th c. "Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie" sailing ship "Amsterdam" showing the details of the life on board for the eight months trip to Asia.
But the VOC "Amsterdam" is not an exact replica. Due to the concessions made to allow its tourist
exploitation the proportions, height of the decks, have not been respected.
As an amateur of maritime sailing matters and history having visited maritime other museums I can only say that what I saw in Amsterdam was disapointing and not worth the 15 € entry price. I would even say that one will learn more about the Dutch maritime power by visiting the Rijksmuseum with several rooms about this subject.
I wrote under "Things to Do" more detailed reviews about this museum.
"Scheeptvaartmuseum - Disapointing.".
"Bad VOC replica but fun for children.".
"What is VOC?".
"Dutch marine painters - Best of."
Open: every day 9.00 - 17.00 h
Price: normal 15 €.
To reach it you can walk (15 minutes) from the Central Station to the east along the Prins Hendrikkade or take bus 22 or 48 stopping across the Victoria Hotel.
Netherlands Maritime Museum. This was originally built in 1656 as a military depot for the Amsterdam Admiralty after Admiral Tromp refused to salute his British counterparts (thereby sparking a war with those touchy trade competitors). Trading vessels of the East Indies Company (VOC) came here to be outfitted for their journeys, with everything from cannons to hardtack. The VOC was the world's first multinational corporation, and, since it was equipped with its own army, which numbered 11,000 at its height of power, it was essentially a state within a state. During its existence between 1602 and 1798, it built 1,450 ships, made 4,700 profit-making voyages, and employed upward of 25,000 people at any given time.Today, this Dutch Classicist building incorporates room after room of displays related to the development and power of both the Dutch East and West Indies companies, as well as the Dutch fishing industry. At any given time there are 1,000 objects -- including epic battle paintings, intricate models, bona fide boats, specialized equipment, and obsessively rendered maps -- on display from the 250,000-piece collection. Moored alongside the building at the east end of the old Amsterdam Harbor is a replica of the VOC sailing ship Amsterdam, which sank on its maiden voyage off the coast of Hastings in 1749.
You need to get away from all the usual Tourist haunts to find this wonderful Windmill. It is at the Junction of the Nieuwevaart and Singelgracht Canals. I took this shot as I walked along the Nieuwevaart away from the Scheepvaart (Maritime) Museum.
The Amsterdam - this is a full size replica of the East Indiaman ship that is berthed outside the Scheepvaart museum (on Kattenburgerplein) which is the national maritime museum.