About the MuseumAmsterdam's Maritime Museum displays the story of the seafarers and their fascinating lives. Through the museum you can learn about their lives in a fun and interactive way. The museum building was built in 1656, and is walking distance from the NEMO Museum. Until 1973 the building was used as a Navy warehouse, until the museum opened.
In the museum are historical items, beginning from 500 years ago, that belong to the Dutch Navy. The Navy used to be the strongest in the world. There are many interesting things and displays, enabling visitors to connect and intimately learn about the country's naval past. Children will also enjoy and find a lot of interests here, the museum has video games, and visual effects.
A few years ago the museum was renovated: in the garden, glass walls and ceilings were built, with LED lights hanging off of them. In the evening, there's a real feeling as if the skies are lighting up, and small stars are sparkling above. This is a reminder for the seafarers and how they navigated with stars, using them as compasses. Though there have been many renovations here, the classical feel of the building has remained.