Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum information

Groningen City , The Netherlands
Street Brugstraat 24-26
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adult/child €6/3.50
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sat, 1-5pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Well worth an hour or two, this maritime museum is an engaging look at the lives of seamen and the ships they sailed. It's laid out over several floors of buildings that once comprised a 16th-century distillery. Just getting through the labyrinth of 18 rooms is an adventure in itself and guarantees an excellent workout.

Highlights of the museum include an intricately carved replica of the church at Paramaribo – the capital of former Dutch colony Surinam – in a bottle (Room 3), showing just how much time sailors had to kill on long voyages, and detailed models demonstrating just how the many local shipyards operated throughout the centuries (Room 8). After Room 8, there are three rooms devoted to the Niemeyer Tabaksmuseum (Niemeyer Tobacco Museum), which is dedicated to the smoking habits of the Dutch through the ages. Some of the dummies aren't just toking on tobacco.