Find out how the Dutch explored the globe! At the peak of the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam was the home port of the most Powerful Navy in the World. Learn the fascinating history of Dutch Maritime Power and Exploration at the Amsterdam Maritime Museum.
The Sheepvaart Maritime Museum holds a vast collection of naval artefacts.
Discover how Dutch sailors explored the the world and how the Netherlands became the premier naval power of the world. The Amsterdam Maritime Museum is housed in the ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn. This impressive historic building was designed by Daniel Stalpaert and built in 1656. In addition to being a spectacular venue, the Zeemagazin is former magazine, and so uniquely appropriate venue for the museum.
Moored outside the Maritime Museum is the Amsterdam a replica of a trade ship from the Dutch Golden Age. Explore the living quarters of the sailors who sailed to distant lands, traded for precious goods and fought great sea battles!
Learn how Amsterdam became the city at the centre of the world!
The Maritime Museum’s collection is dedicated to naval and maritime history. It contains a huge collection of items from the golden age of Dutch sailing. These include scale models, weapons, and a huge collection of world maps. These include a number of maps by famed 17th century cartographers, such as Willem Blaeu. In addition the museum holds a surviving copy of the first edition of Maximilian Trenasylvanus work De Moluccis Insulis. This interesting book is an account of Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage around the world.