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. The jetty outside the Museum provides a permanent berth for a replica of the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam. Actors playing the sailors provide a 'life-like' impression of life on board the Amsterdam
In 2005 the museum features an axhibition called "The discovery of the world".
This exciting exhibition contains beside a number of lifelike three dimensional scenes, also a number of authentic objects, maps and log books.
Experience how it was like to stay at the house "Behouden Huis", where the crewmembers endured hardships during the stay over on Nova Zembla in 1596. This was the famous expedition lead by Willem Barentsz which you may remember from history lessons.
Look at the eldest European object ever found on the shores of Australia. This object, the so-called schaal van Dirk Hartog dates back to 1616. Other highlights are the first sail to Indonesia by Cornelis de Houtman and the exploration of Australia by Abel Tasman.
See how Henry Hudson set foot on the shores of what we now call New York. The impact of these explorations changed everyday life in Europe and the world. As you can see this interactive exhibition is a must for all ages.
(2 April 2004 - June 2005).