Scheepvaart - Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

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    Het Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime museum)

    by Airpunk Written Aug 27, 2005

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    The "Scheepvaartmuseum" houses a large exhibition about the importance of ships and sea trade for Amsterdam and the Netherlands. A psecial part of the exhibition is the "Amsterdam" a replica of an East Indiaman, the type of ship used by the V.O.C. You can explore the structure and chambers of the ship and sometimes you can even meet some actors dressed like original crew members.

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    That's a lot of model boats

    by Erin09340 Written Jul 15, 2005

    Rooms and rooms full of model boats, ships, canoe's, what-have-you. It's interesting for the first hour, but I wish we had left after that. I suppose if you were really fascinated by maritime history, you might find all those little models engrossing.

    In short, it's a nice museum, but failed to hold me interest for too long.

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    Maritime/Scheevpoort Museum

    by roamer61 Written May 19, 2005

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    The imposing building of this museum houses the national museum of maritime history. It tells the story of sea travel from ancient history to more recent times.
    Moored along side the museum building, is a full scale model of the "Amsterdam". It was one of the largest ships in the fleet of the United East India Company.

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  • *The Amsterdam* Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum

    by Mariajoy Written Apr 6, 2005

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    This is a replica of the Dutch East Indiaman which sunk off of the English south coast in 1748 with 336 people on board on its maiden voyage.

    I found this a particularly interesting *must see* while visiting Amsterdam because I have seen parts of the wreck of this ship at low tide on several occasions, not far from my home on the coast.

    The museum is open daily during
    June-August 10am-5pm
    Sept-May 10am-5pm Tues-Sun

    The Amsterdam Replica

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    A legacy of Dutch sea power

    by jss1018 Written Dec 28, 2004

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    The Maritime Museum is an incredible facility to visit, both for the structure itself and the contents within. Housed in the National Naval Depot, the former arsenal of the Dutch Navy and over 300 years old, it's a fine collection of ship models and artifacts attesting to the might and history of the Dutch during their height of world power. Housed within is the actual Royal Barge once used by Dutch royalty, and outside on the water is a full-scale replica of the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam ship that you can tour. The actual one sank off the coast of England on its maiden voyage.

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    Sheepvaarmuseum

    by AuTourDuMonde32 Updated Dec 10, 2004

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    If you are even remotely interested in the history of Holland,Global Trade and the world as we now know it, this museum showcases a wonderful collection in a building that is monument itself,on the very harbour where the VOC (Dutch East India Company) would set off for their world changing pioneering and "business" ventures.
    The Dutch explored like no other nation,and were welcomed on shores where other westerners at first were'nt ..and maybe would still not be welcome if it was'nt for the Dutch and their patience and wit..... they did their share of pillaging and colonizing by force,but if anyone did (or could do) it a / the right way,it was them.If you're interested enough to still be reading the end of this caption,this place is a MUST SEE. It is honestly one of the most rewarding historical experiences I have had and I am so glad to have been able to stand on that pier in my lifetime and look west as the (European/"modern") founders of my home did before they set sail....(even though chances are many of them left from Zeeland and other coastal provinces).

    Even if you just pass by and see the building and the many ships outside,including the Amsterdam replica ship which just on first sight is a reality blast of the historical significance of the place you stand.

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    Scheepvaarthuis

    by OlafS Updated Oct 20, 2004

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    Don't confuse this place with the Scheepvaartmuseum, which is a maritime museum. This isn't! The Scheepvaarthuis ('shipping house') is considered to be the first example of one of the most important Dutch architectural styles of the 20th century; the Amsterdam School. I'm a big fan of this style that created "total works of art", combining architecture with sculpture, stained glass etc..This building, which contained the offices of a number of shipping companies, was designed by the three 'inventors' of the style, J. van der Mey, M. de Klerk and P.L. Kramer. Besides being a monumental office-building, it also commemorates the history of The Netherlands as a sea-going nation; many details refer to this part of our history. The location of the building is well chosen too; from this very spot the first journey to the current Indonesia by a Dutch ship started.

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    There is a lot to discover

    by mcb Written Sep 18, 2004

    I've always love boats and boats history... we also have a marine museam in Lisbon and it was a complement to that.
    Netherlands Maritime museam is amazing we get back on time in a second.
    They have a superb maritime collection on a very beautiful building.
    And AMSTERDAM ship...no words.
    Amsterdam is a replica of an East Indiaman that was proprety of the Dutch East India Company, was used for voyages to Asia.
    Between 1600 and 1800 the East Indiamen made 4800 voyages.

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    Netherlands Maritime Museum Amsterdam

    by Jarin Written Jul 26, 2004

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    This former National Naval Depot is built in 1656 by Daniel Stalpaert and is built on 18.000 piles and from 1973 is it rebuilt to a museum. It has one of the largest maritime collections of the world.
    There are special events scheduled regularly. One of the fantastic spectacles is the mustering of the crew of Dutch East Indiaman on the replica Amsterdam. However during the whole year the ship is manned. The stalwart sea dogs unload the cargo, scrub the deck and sing old shanties.
    In general: open daily except on Monday.

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    Netherlands Maritime Museum Amsterdam

    by tompt Written Jul 3, 2004

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    The Maritime Museum is housed in the National Naval Depot, a former arsenal of the Dutch Navy, built in 1656.
    The museum is not too large and is nice to visit. Outside the museum you can see the Amsterdam, a replica of a historic vessel.

    The original Amsterdam was a ship of the VOC, that was lost during its maiden voyage.
    It was built in 1748 at the VOC-shipyard on Texel. On 8 januari 1749 the first trip to the East began. 203 men including captain Willem Klump, 127 soldiers, and 5 passengers. It carried several trading goods and 27 chests filled with silver.
    Tragedy struck soon, a storm forced them to seek harbour in Hastings. Before the 26th of january 50 men died of an epidemic the captain beached the ship in an effort to save the rest of the crew. They took a lot of the silver, but the english started looting straight away. The VOC started a rescue but the ship sank away in the mud and at the 11th of march the ship was considered lost.

    The replica was built in 1990 to sail for the first time during SAIL Amsterdam

    The replica of the Amsterdam

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    Muziektheater

    by acemj Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    The Music Theater is a modern venue to see not only musical performances, but also ballet and modern dance. It's located on the eastern end of town. If you look at this picture, you'll notice that the sky looks pretty ominous. Well, only a few moments after I took this picture, it began to hail. What's up with the weather in Amsterdam?!!

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    Netherlands Maritime Museum Amsterdam

    by vec Written Mar 1, 2004

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    The Scheepvaart Museum (The Netherlands Maritime Museum) is located in the a former navy building, built in year 1656.

    It's open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00. In the summer months, June to September it's also open on Mondays. A normal entry ticket cost 7.50 EUR.

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    Museums - VOC-ship "Amsterdam"

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 13, 2003

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    In the dock next to the "Scheepvaartmuseum" (Nautical Museum) one sees the wonderful replica of the VOC sailing ship, the "Amsterdam". This ships sank on it's maiden voyage to the East Indies and has been rebuild to give people the impression how the life on these ships was in those times. By the way, the VOC was the first stock-valued company in the world and for a long time - by far - the largest.

    Proudly waving it's flag, VOC Amsterdam

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    THE MARITIME MUSEUM

    by eden_teuling Written Jul 26, 2003

    The Clipper with the name 'STAD AMSTERDAM"

    a design based on the line of 19th century fast Clipper ships.

    In the mid '90s of the last century re-built here in The Netherlands.

    It is used for charter voyages.....

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    The best naval museum in the world

    by dlandt Updated Jul 4, 2003

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    The naval museum is supposed to be one or perhaps the best of its kind in the world. Its a large building with several floors stuffed full of interesting exhibits. There's something for everyone here, from outstanding oil paintings to porceclain from the Far East they brought back, as well as historical artifacts and a preserved man'o'war. I liked the maps. There are excellent exhibits of the Dutch experience in the Far East and the cost is only 3 euros or so. The only down side to this one is that most of the explanations are in Dutch with only the topic sentences in English. If you speak English and you speak German, you should be able to figure out most of what they say though.

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