24 Brugstraat, Groningen, Netherlands
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Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum Groningen Reviews
Boats, ships, vessels, all maritime! Aug 31, 2011
The "Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum"(Northern Maritime museum) mainly comprises the northern provinces of the Netherlands.
The museum-entrance is through a kind of corridor, which leads to an inner court. On this court several real ships can be seen, and with good weather u can sit on the terrace there.
The actual entrance of the museum buildings is on the right side. Here you can find a little museum shop, and a library on the shipping and trading business.
It also gives access to a hall where all kind of power gear is displayed, the smell of diesel and grease gives you the feeling you are in the ships engine room.
But we were eager to enter the exhibition rooms to see all the ship related artifacts.
There were ship models everywhere in the museum, the one in the first room was an open ship, called knarr, a Viking trading vessel. No shelter, no place to store personal luggage. This type of ship sailed the Atlantic Ocean to Iceland and Greenland, and even further to explore the coasts of North-America. (The original knarr has been sunk around 1025 AD, and was digged up at 1962, and can be seen in Roskilde, Denmark.
The further we went in the museum the more modern the ship models became. One of the rooms was made like a living room, not with the furniture, but with the floor tiles, and on the walls there were Delft-blue tile-panels, showing 16th century ships.
The children did not want to look at all these culture themed objects but were happy to find a table with pieces of rope on it, and examples on how to make the knots. Ofcourse they had to try it themselves :)
I was delighted to see a small shop for ship-livelihood and provisions. Lovely interior it had.
In the past the northern provinces were a center for the turf trading, and this was transported inland on canals. Whole families had to work to get the vessels going, if there was not wind, or wind from the wrong direction, the ships had to be towed by the family members itself. In the museum you can experience how that was like by getting on the strap and pull for about 10 meters - sometimes the people did travel a distance of over 30 km a day this way!
There are many objects displayed: pulley blocks, logbooks, muster-rolls, sea-chests, photo's, rope-knots, etc.
The archives contain shipbuilding drawings.
Since the founding of the museum in 1930 the collection grows continuously through numerous donations from individuals and businesses. Only a very small part is ever purchased.
The entrance fee was 4 euro for adults and 2,50 euro for children (August 2011).
I think this museum is really worth the visit,
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