Maritime Museum in Amsterdam

By Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012

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The Netherlands is all about the sea. Firstly because it exists in constant danger of being flooded by the North Sea and therefore spends a fortune on defensive dikes and floodgates, and also on reclaiming land. Secondly because the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century ­­– from when all those glorious buildings and artworks that we flock to see in Amsterdam emanate – was built on an incredibly successful seafaring trade in spices, silk, porcelain etc.

So, the Dutch know a lot about ships and the sea. In a city full of museums, one of the more significant ones reopens in October after a four year renovation. Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) is located in a fabulous historic building, huge for the city of Amsterdam.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Amsterdam Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Amsterdam.

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