Breakfast with a pint

Breakfast with a pint

The first Friday of August is international beer day – the perfect opportunity to reflect on this much-loved beverage. The ‘amber nectar’ is the oldest and most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world. The histories of beer and shipping are closely intertwined.

The Wallen district: the Walhalla of Amsterdam

The Wallen district: the Walhalla of Amsterdam

Amsterdam grew rapidly from the fifteenth century onwards. Seafaring brought people from all over the world to the city on the River IJ. These visitors often only stayed for a short period. The sailors disembarked with their wages in the harbour beside Zeedijk. This famous and infamous district offered the ‘entertainment’ that the men were looking after months at sea.

New collection: The Dutch in Brazil

New collection: The Dutch in Brazil

Collecting, managing, and telling the stories. Het Scheepvaartmuseum always has its ears and eyes open, looking out for beautiful new works to add depth or breadth to its collection. Last September, an extremely important painting entitled Nederlandse schepen op de rede van Recife, Brazilië (Dutch ships on the roadstead of Recife, Brazil), was purchased with the help of the Vereeniging Nederlandsch Historisch Scheepvaart Museum (The Netherlands maritime history museum association, NVHSM). It is signed AW, the monogram of Abraham Willaerts or studio Willaerts, and is dated 1640. Why is this painting such an important addition to the collection?

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