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“When you love boats go there!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Northern Maritime Museum and Niemeijer Tobacco Museum

Northern Maritime Museum and Niemeijer Tobacco Museum
Brugstraat 24-26, Groningen, The Netherlands
050/312-22-02
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Ranked #8 of 25 things to do in Groningen
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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“When you love boats go there!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Nice historical overview of shipping in this part of the Netherlands. Shipping was big here and a lot of ship building was done and still is.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Include this museum in your visit to Groningen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Northern Maritime museum is located in two adjacent medieval buildings, connected by an elevated passage. Strolling through those buildings is really enough reason already to visit the museum, from small rooms into big rooms with ancient fireplaces over staircases into other rooms. The exhibits you encounter on your walk through the museum tell the story of shipping and shipbuilding through the ages. It is a must visit for everybody even remotely interested in ships. What I found most interesting (because I am an engineer) is the exhibit of late 19th and early 20th century maritime engines, mostly used for the inland navigation. You can admire the big one cylinder to three cylinder engines, and follow the evolution from steam to the hot bulb kerosene engine to real two stroke Diesel technology. Oh, I almost forgot. In a small theater located in a room just as you have entered the exhibition an computer animated history on a huge screen is shown in continuous loop of Groningen in 1470. Very interesting.

Visited August 2012
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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“An Interesting Look at Groningen's Past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

This is a nice museum that gives an interesting look at Groningen's past. They have a new exhibit called 'Groningen in 1470' that features an interactive tour of medieval Groningen.

Visited February 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Shipping and tobacco - two Groningen products almost forgotten.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

Visit Holland! THEREFORE, visit Groningen! The province is always neglected in favour of Amsterdam.

Visited June 2011
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Well organised museum on dutch shipping history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

The museum is housed is some old buildings that are connected by a lot of stairs. Going around the museum is an adventure in itself and for those who are tall: mind your head! The displays cover a long time of dutch maritime history and the focus is on the smaller inland waterways ships. Most of the information texts at the items on display are in dutch but many items are self explanatory. A special section of the museum is dedicated to propulsion machines for ships where you can see old steam and diesel engines. All-in-all, well worth the low price of € 4,- (Sept, 2011)

Visited October 2011
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