Nautical but nice

FEATURING 13 new exhibitions, interactive attractions and two real ships, the Het Scheepvaartmuseum (National Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam, is due to re-open on 2nd October following a four-year renovation, and will explore the importance of the sea to the culture of the Netherlands.

Housed in a 17th century building that was originally a storehouse for the Dutch war fleet, the museum will display a huge collection of nautical art and artefacts.
Elsewhere, the ‘Voyage at Sea’ virtual adventure will give visitors a realistic impression of what it would have been like to endure a battle on board a ship, and groups can also explore full-sized replicas of Dutch East Indiaman the Amsterdam and the steamship Christiaan Brunings, which are docked alongside the museum.
Meanwhile, the Mint Hotel Amsterdam, which has just opened nearby, has become the first hotel in the city to receive four stars from the AA, as well as an AA rosette for its signature restaurant, City Café.
The restaurant includes a south-facing terrace with views over the waterfront and a dramatic ‘Skylounge’ with a roof garden.
Group bookings are available.

For further information

Telephone 00 31 020 523 2222 (Het Scheepvaartmuseum),
00 31 020 262 1003 (Mint Hotel)