The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam Building, Het Scheepvaartmuseum Netherlands Design

The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam

Het Scheepvaartmuseum Development, Holland design by Hypsos, Tinker & Met Studio

Now open: The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

Design: Atelier Brueckner

New design concept for maritime themes

The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam building interior design
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27 Sep 2011

The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam Building News

The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) has a rich tradition but has now reinvented itself. With a surprising exhibition concept, the museum underlines its leading position in Europe in the presentation of maritime themes. ATELIER BRÜCKNER from Stuttgart was brought on board to design and execute the object galleries. The museum will be officially opened on the 1st of October in the presence of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

The revered old building an arsenal from the year 1656, will present itself in new splendour (renovation: Dok Architects, Amsterdam). It will feature a new parcours for visitors, who will be able to gain access to the different wings of the building via the central, newly covered inner courtyard (architects: NEY+Partners).

Depending on their interests, they can explore three different exhibition areas: maritime worlds of experience, exhibitions on historical themes or the so-called object galleries. The latter were designed by ATELIER BRÜCKNER and are primarily intended to speak to visitors who are interested in art and have an affinity with maritime themes. The artistic quality of the exhibits is particularly emphasised.

The Stuttgart exhibition designers divided the high-quality museum collection into seven object groups. In addition to unique, valuable globes and the important collection of navigation instruments, there are models of ships, maritime paintings, ships’ ornaments, photo albums and hand-crafted items made of glass, silver and porcelain. These are set in scene in an exhibition area of around 1,200 square metres. For each group of objects, a specific narrative space was developed, whereby the exhibition is the starting point and simultaneously an integrative component of the narrative space.

“The market has changed radically”, says museum director Willem Bijleveld. He is convinced that different groups of visitors require different modes of presentation. Therefore, he engaged different designer teams for the individual exhibition units. In addition to ATELIER BRÜCKNER, Event Communications from London had the job of designing the theme-based exhibitions entitled “See you in the Golden Age” and “Port 24/7” whereas Haley Sharp Design from Leicester were responsible for creating the setting for “The Tale of the Whale”.

Atelier Brueckner

27 Sep 2011

The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam Building

The Maritime Museum on the eve of reopening

Design: Hypsos, Tinker & Met Studio

After four years of large-scale renovation, The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam is gearing up for the official reopening on October 1, when Queen Beatrix will be guest of honour. On October 2, the Maritime Museum opens for the public. Hypsos, a specialist in 3D communication, played an important role in the design and build of many of the Maritime Museum’s exhibits.

The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam building interior
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The new Maritime Museum is highly attractive and interactive and will be at the forefront of offering compelling historical and educational content. In thirteen new interactive exhibits, visitors can learn about and appreciate the influence of the sea on Dutch culture. Virtual stories engage visitors and connect them to the rich maritime history of the Netherlands.

There are special exhibits for children, such as ‘ See You in the Golden Age ‘ and ‘ The Story of the Whale ‘. One of the main attractions is “The Sea Voyage”, which scored 8.5 out of 10 during recent testing. Hypsos played a leading role in the successful installation of this and many other new exhibits.

“The Sea Voyage”

Hypsos developed the “The Sea Voyage” in conjunction with Tinker and MET Studio. “The Sea Voyage” is an exciting virtual adventure where visitors find themselves on a voyage and encounter people and stories behind objects from the museum’s collection. The journey begins in the Storage House at the Kattenburgerplein in Amsterdam, the actual building where the Maritime Museum is now located! Visitors are thrown back 350 years in time and meet Admiral Michiel de Ruyter.

Overall Production and Realisation: Hypsos
Concept: Hypsos, Tinker & Met Studio
Content Experience: Tinker
3D design: Met Studio
Audio visual production: Tungsten

The Golden Age, one of the Object and Theme exhibits

“The Object and Theme” exhibits In the Object and Theme exhibits area, visitors can enjoy different experiences such as the adventure of whaling, the Golden Age, historic ports, and navigation.

vof Hypsos | Bruns: overall realisation

About Hypsos

In 1914 Hypsos started in advertising and model making at the Passeerdersgracht in Amsterdam. It is no coincidence, therefore, that in the collection of the Maritime Museum, there are, two ship models produced a long time ago by Hypsos!

Hypsos is part of the multifaceted Hypsos Group, which specializes in 3D communication. The brand store “Heineken the City” in Amsterdam, the Picasso Exhibition in Abu Dhabi and the Johnson & Johnson Pavilion at the Olympics in Beijing are just a few examples of the creativity and craftsmanship of Hypsos worldwide in the field of museums, exhibitions, science centres and visitor attractions.

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The Netherlands Maritime Museum is housed in the National Naval Depot which is a former arsenal of the Dutch Navy, over 300 years old.

Opening hours:
Tue to Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Also open on Mondays from mid-Jun to mid-Sep.
Closed on New Year’s Day and Queen’s day (30 Apr).

Contact Netherlands Maritime Museum Amsterdam:
(020) 52 32 222

Netherlands Maritime Museum Amsterdam
Kattenburgerplein 1
1018 KK Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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