This was actually one of my favourite museums we visited while on holiday in amsterdam. The ship exhibit gives a lot of history of The Netherlands during it's seafaring era and there are great audio-visual displays throughout.
The whale exhibit was actually really fascinating but the best part of the museum is going onto their Tall Ship that's moored outside on the harbour. It was so surreal to be able to walk around the deck and to explore the hull and cabin quarters.
We left this part to the very end of our visit and actually ran out of time because the museum was closing so we had to rush through it. I would recommend seeing this first if you're short on time
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