...was the map they gave us with our tickets (€15 ea.) to navigate this magnificent Museum. You enter an open courtyard (South) from which you reach the stairs (and elevators) to the different sections: East, West and North. We started at "West" with a 'Circus at Sea' intended for children but that we also enjoyed, 'My Expo', and interactive show where you could create a storm at sea. "The Tale of the Whale" from hunting to toys and conservation, and "See you in the Golden Age" where actors describe in a movie, that appears and vanishes as you walk, how Holland became a world power. They remark hard work and a simple life as the foolproof recipe. Then we passed onto "East" with "The Paintings" ample exhibition of maritime themes by Dutch painters of different eras: Men of War, battles, storms, fires, disasters, calm seas, pleasure cruises to choose from. "The Ship Decorations" the most interesting of which were the collection of Ships Figureheads. "The Navigational Instruments" before radar. "The Photo Abum" stories of immigration told as you sat comfortably. "The Yacht Models" old and new."The Globes" the world as was imagined more than seen. "The Glass, Silver and Porcelain" that adorned banquets.
And "North" for the "Port of Amsterdam", the famous "Amsterdam" Indiaman (perfect duplicate) "A Voyage at Sea" where you tried to survive sinking by rowing for your life. And, since part of the beautiful building is used for private parties, we witnessed a wedding what is supposed to bring you luck. It did bring us luck: we spent a fantastic afternoon at the Museum Het Schip.