Beautiful model ships, original cannons, swords, pistols and other weaponry, as well as impressive paintings of naval battles…. Swashbuckling times from the 17th century come to life in Amsterdam’s Scheepvaartmuseum (maritime museum), which has the second largest collection of maritime objects in the world.
The Netherlands ruled the world’s seas then, and her greatest naval heroes and conquerors stare at you from the walls of this beautiful building, which was originally built to store valuable trade goods. Board The Amsterdam, from the scaffolding at the front of the building, a replica of a 300-year-old galleon. It looks beautiful, the original however sank off the coast of England on its very first sea voyage. Also interesting is the Koningssloop; the gold-painted ornamental vehicle of the Dutch royal family. •