The Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum) is a Dutch museum in Amsterdam dedicated to the shipping history of the Netherlands. It contains the second largest maritime collection in the world. It is exactly 100 years ago that the museum was founded. For this reason, the museum has put together an exhibition of 350 exceptional objects from the jubilee collection. The newest exhibtion ‘Drijfveer | 100 years of collecting’ can be visited till 2nd July, 2017.
We have visited the museum to show you a peak of what’s on and get you excited! Doesn’t matter how old (or young) you are, ‘Drijfveer’ is for everyone. What were / are the Maritime Museum’s incentives to take something or not in its collection? That’s the question behind this exhibition.
The exhibition highlights the motivations that come with the construction of the museum and show you 350 never-before-seen objects. These 350 additional objects added to this exhibition reflect the 100-year history of the collection of the museum, however also give a picture of the people behind it. The collection was established in 1916 from a private initiative and now has 400,000 objects: it is after the Maritime Museum in Greenwich in London, the largest and finest museum (of it’s kind) in the world.
In this exhibition you will among other objects see a letter from Michiel de Ruyter in 1657 and a life jacket from the cruise ship Costa Concordia that sank in 2012. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the painting “View of the IJ ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn’ Reinier Nooms from 1664. This work shows warships in preparation for the building that now houses the Maritime Museum.
With the ticket for ‘Drijfveer’ you can also wander through the permanent collection. Let the wind carry you away and discover the exhibitions in north, east and west. For visitors in need of more information behind the objects and paintings, there is a free audio tour available.
Buy your ticket HERE with discount.