Het Scheepvaart museum

Het Scheepvaart museum

A story of the sea 

Michael Huijser - director Scheepvaartmuseum and Betty van Steinvoorn - Manager 'Compagniefonds':"The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam serves as a source of reflection on the past and an inspiration for the future of the Netherlands. The museum tells the story of the sea, a maritime past in which our ancestors viewed the sea as an opportunity, left safe harbours and sailed into the unknown without fear. They journeyed to far-off lands, took enormous risks and battled the elements. Many dangers were faced and survived as these intrepid adventurers belief in their own abilities, their captain and their ship helped lead them to success.

This is also the story about the drive of the Dutch to seek out challenges and discover new frontiers. The character and prosperity of the Netherlands have been shaped by its maritime past. The National Maritime Museum cherishes this legacy and shares this story in order to inspire coming generations to face new trials and make new discoveries. The National Maritime Museum is also an active cultural enterprise and an outstanding location for all sorts of business events, meetings, weddings and even the ceremonial christening of superyachts. The museum is housed in the beautiful Arsenal building, the former storehouse for the Dutch Admiralty which has been at the heart of Amsterdam since 1656. This depot used to provide ships with various necessities such as sails, ropes, drinking water, crew and stock.

Today the completely renovated historical building has various multifunctional rooms which are suited to any number of events. The inner Open Courtyard has a spectacular glass roof that means it can be used all year for events, receptions and dinners. The glass roof also gives the Open Courtyard a fantastic, intimate atmosphere."


- The National Maritime Museum shows how Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history.

- The National Maritime Museum is an outstanding location for all sorts of business events, meetings and weddings. 

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  • 20 sep 2018

    New pavilion location at the heart of the show with a fleet of top Dutch superyachts

    With a record market share and more orders than ever on its books, the Dutch superyacht sector is booming. The presentations at this year’s Monaco show by members of the Holland Yachting Group – yards, suppliers & partners alike – reflect the confidence of these leading exponents of their craft. If you’re attending the show between now and Saturday, a visit to the new Holland Pavilion and the displays by the top yards will surely be among the high points.

    The renowned Holland Pavilion, one of the main hubs of activity at every Monaco show, has been moved to an prime new location at the heart of this year’s event. Enter via the Darse Sud tent and you will find the Dutch gathered together next to T-central (QS39).

    The pavilion will be home to leader firms such as Cramm, DGI Sypack, Port of Amsterdam, Hydromar, Naiad Dynamics, Rondal and VBH. Other members are at other strategic locations around the show, including Amels, Oceanco, Royal Huisman, Vitters, Mulder Shipyard, Wajer Yachts,  Caterpillar (Pon Power), Esthec, Lanka Marble and Maxwell Marine.

    Besides various superyachts will be on display around the show, which include the 81-metre Feadship Air and Oceanco’s recently delivered 90-metre DAR. Heesen is giving a world premiere to the 51-metre Irisha, AMELS has three of its fleet in Monaco: the Amels 180 EJI, the 55-metre KAMALAYA and the 57.7-metre VOLPINI 2, while sister-company DAMEN hosts the 55.5-metre Yacht Support vessel POWER PLAY. Last but not least, the two latest launches from Moonen’s Caribbean line are making their mark in Monaco - the 30-metre Bijoux and 36-metre Brigadoon.

    Returning to the Holland Pavilion, another stand well worth a visit is the Port of Amsterdam presentation on how the Dutch capital city is shaping up as a destination for superyachts. Port of Amsterdam and HISWA Holland Yachting Group are making real their ambition to establish Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts. The diversity in

    berths located in the heart of the city Centre, combined with excellent refit and maintenance facilities in the port area, make Amsterdam a unique destination for superyachts. Read more about these developments here and drop by the Port of Amsterdam stand to discuss the possibilities.

    Click here for more information about the show. 

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