The history of Amsterdam and the Dutch East India Company is both rich and complex, and the National Maritime Museum does an excellent job at bringing it to life. The two must see sections are the interactive history of the VOC and the 'Amsterdam' - a replica of the East Indiaman wreaked off the coast of Hastings. The first, the history of the VOC, uses the traditional display cabinets and information boards merged with multimedia displays that introduce new characters or sections as you move around the exhibit. It is both informative and interest - just what you want from a museum! This is topped off by the replica of the sailing ship moored just outside the building. Fully rigged it allows you the opportunity to explore the entire vessel and see for yourself what it must have been like to live and work onboard.
During our visit there was also an excellent exhibition looking at the Dutch involvement in the slave trade - I'm not sure if this is a temporary exhibition or permanent but is certainly worth seeking out.
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