Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Top choice museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

A waterfront 17th-century admiralty building houses this renovated, state-of-the-art presentation of maritime memorabilia. Highlights include exquisite and imaginatively presented Golden Age maps, fascinating 19th-century photo albums of early voyages and an audiovisual immersive journey evoking a voyage by ship. Outside, you can clamber over the full-scale replica of the Dutch East India Company's 700-tonne Amsterdam – one of the largest ships of the fleet – with its tiny bunks and sailors' hammocks, and the chance to mock-fire its cannons.