Exhibition at Het Scheepvaartmuseum


Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) will open an entirely new permanent presentation this Spring, namely Maps & MarvelsMaps & Marvels shows how the world was discovered from Amsterdam, as well as how the world came to Amsterdam during the Golden Age. The new course being plotted by Het Scheepvaartmuseum is in line with the museum's new motto: Water connects worlds. During ICHC we will visit Het Scheepvaartmuseum (our farewell dinner will take place at the wonderful central square of the museum).

Maps & Marvels

The new presentation Maps & Marvels brings together maps by Amsterdam-based cartographers from Het Scheepvaartmuseum's wonderful collection of cartography works. This exhibition shows how our Amsterdam ancestors found their way at sea in the Dutch Golden Age and how their voyages shaped how we see the world. Using the centuries-old maps, visitors travel to the locations that shaped Dutch history: South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. The spectacular wall map of Amsterdam by Pieter Bast dating from 1597 forms the starting point.

Gezicht op het eiland Deshima en de baai van Nagasaki, Kawahara Keiga, 1800-1850
View of the island of Deshima in the bay of Nagasaki, Kawahara Keiga, 1800 - 1850, ink on silk and paper, 58.5 x 80.5 cm.