Scheepvaart - Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

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    A legacy of Dutch sea power

    by jss1018 Written Dec 28, 2004

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    Maritime Museum

    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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    Nederlands Scheepsvaartmuseum Shipsmuseum

    by dila Updated Mar 20, 2012

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    VOC ship

    Nederlands Scheepsvaartmuseum Amsterdam.

    Open daily : 09:00 - 17:00 all days

    15.00 euros | adults (18 and up)
    12.00 euros | groups: min. 15 p. (reservation required)
    7.50 euros | children 5-17 years, seniors (65 and older), holders of Stadspas, CJP (Culture Youth Pass)
    free | children 0-4 years, Museumkaart (National Museum Pass), I amsterdam City Card, Rembrandt Society, ICOM

    Het Scheepvaartmuseum is closed on Queen's Day (30 April), Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January). The library is also closed on 24, 26 and 31 December.

    I love the the replica VOC ship The East Indiaman Amsterdam
    a real ship where you can get on. (not sailing)

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    B/10 Scheepvaarthuis

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMSTERDAM SCHEEPVAARTHUIS CORNER ENTRANCE

    There, just behind the Citroën was the Scheepvaarthuis. A masterpiece of The Amsterdam School. Of course it was closed, it was a Saturday after all, but the great detail on the outside merited quite a few snapshots.

    The Amsterdam School developed between 1915-1940 and was a style directly influenced by the Industrial Revolution. Many workers and their families had to be housed and the town council needed to drastically expand housing facilities.
    The specific style of architect Berlage was the direct predecessor of the Amsterdam School.
    The architects splurged on sculptures and elaborate masonry on the exterior of buildings.

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    B/11 Scheepvaarthuis 2

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMSTERDAM SCHEEPVAARTHUIS CORNER ENTRANCE

    And another...
    By the way, you'll do yourself a favour by clicking on the photo to see the picture enlarged...

    The Scheepvaarthuis was built between 1913 and 1916 and finished between 1926 and 1928. Technical realisation by Van Gendt A.Lzn en architectural design by J.M. van der Mey.
    The Scheepvaarthuis is regarded as the first building that is purely Amsterdam School. It housed six shipping companies. The design had to be a memory of the great Dutch shipping tradition and many references can be found in the building to Cornelis Houtman who set off in 1595 as the first captain to the East Indies.

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    C/14 - Prins Hendrik

    by ATLC Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    PRINS HENDRIK OF THE NETHERLANDS

    Sorry sir! I bumped into Prins Hendrik, husband of Wilhelmina, Queen of The Netherlands (she lived 1880-1962). What his bust is doing on the Oosterdokskade, I haven't a clue. He probably had to be put somewhere. His extravagant lifestyle and extramarital activities were euphemistically called "a zest for life".

    Afterthought: am I dumb or what? The bust of Prins Hendrik is on the Prins Hendrik kade of course! That's why he's there. DOH!

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    D/23 The Batavia

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMSTERDAM BATAVIA

    hmmmm, I might be completely wrong about the name of this replica ship. But it is a tourist attraction, a Dutch export product and a historical memory of the 16th century when Dutch traders and seafarers were main players on the world stage of trade and land discovery. And of colonialism. But that is a whole different matter.

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    Scheepvaarthuis

    by OlafS Updated Oct 20, 2004

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    Amsterdam: Scheepvaarthuis

    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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    Het Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime museum)

    by Airpunk Written Aug 27, 2005

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    Het Scheepvaartmuseum with the

    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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    The Maritim Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum)

    by WanderingFinn Updated Nov 24, 2007

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    The main building behind the ship looking one.
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    We had only limited time so we visited only the great and colourful looking old ship outside the museum; check picture nr 2 (I know we were stupid not to visit the rest). But the ship was so fantastic that it alone took some time.

    It was such a masterpiece; especially when thinking how old these ships were; when built etc and with hands! They sailed big seas, and only the skills of the man saved lives. There was no technology. This is something I admire.

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    Scheepvaartmuseum

    by SurfaceTravel Written Sep 12, 2006

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    Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam

    This is an excellent maritime museum, charting the Dutch maritime history from the 16th to the 20th century. I generally visit maritime museums wherever I happen to be. This museum has more model ships than I have ever seen, rooms after rooms filled with excellent large models.

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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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    Netherlands Maritime Museum Amsterdam

    by tompt Written Jul 3, 2004

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    The replica of the Amsterdam

    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

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    Amazing architecture: Scheepvaarthuis

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    Scheepvaarthuis

    Have a look at Het Scheepvaarthuis. The brick archtecture is amazing.

    The building is designed by the brothers Van Gendt A.Lzn & J.M. van der Mey. The construction happened in two phases; 1913-1916 and 1926-1928.

    The building was home to 6 schipping companies:
    -Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland (SMN)
    -Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij (KPM),
    -Java-China-Japan Lijn (JCJL)
    -Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoomboot-Maatschappij (KNSM)
    -Nieuwe Rijnvaart Maatschappij (NRM)
    -Koninklijke West-Indische Maildienst (KWIM).

    From 1983 till 2004 it was the head office of the GVB, the Amsterdam Public Transport.

    From 2007 it's home to the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.

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    C/16 Looking back at Scheepvaarthuis

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMSTERDAM SCHEEPVAARTHUIS

    Walking on the Oosterdokskade, parallel with Prins Hendrikkade and the Oosterdok water between us, I looked back to see the Scheepvaarthuis once again. I realise I took photo's of only a tiny part of this giant building.

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    Maritime Museum

    by BlueBerry_7 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Netherlands Maritime Museum is housed in the National Naval Depot, a former arsenal of the Dutch Navy that is over 300 years old. The unique and superb collection tells the story of the maritime past of the Netherlands.

    I love SHIPS!
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