Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) will open an entirely new permanent presentation on 10 May 2019, namely Maps & Marvels. Maps & 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.

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.

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.

Treasure chamber

The second part of this presentation is entitled Marvels: a treasure chamber full of beautiful and eye-catching objects that brought the whole world into Dutch homes in the Golden Age. Here, visitors will find wall maps, globes, atlases, and travel reports as well as souvenirs, trinkets, and works of art, all of which symbolize the journeys that make up the first part of the exhibition. In the seventeenth century, the Netherlands was also the European centre of publishers of geographical information in the form of atlases, maps, and globes. The presentation therefore also devotes attention to legendary names such as Blaeu, Janssonius, Claesz, Colijn, and Van Meurs.

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