Republic at Sea-The Maritime Museum


The Republic at Sea exhibition will be The Maritime Museum’s new starting point. On the basis of 50 masterpieces from the collection of The Maritime Museum. Republic of the Sea tells the story of the growth, prosperity and decline of the Netherlands as a maritime nation during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Paintings, ship models, globes, silver, glass, porcelain and weapons show how strong the maritime world and Dutch society have been linked for centuries. Water has shaped the history of the Netherlands and has determined the place of the country in the world. The visitor experiences how marine battles, trading companies and art in the 17th and 18th centuries are strongly related to the intimate relationship of the Netherlands with water.
In the new presentation, the Maritime Museum also shows the other side of the Golden Age, which took place under colonial rule, violence and slavery. To be able to tell this story even better, the Maritime Museum acquired two important acquisitions in 2018: a portrait of Admiral Cornelis Tromp by Ferdinand Bol and a sculpture of a standing figure of Chinese famille noire porcelain. These objects place the often overexposed success stories from our maritime history in a more nuanced perspective.
The exhibition will be open to visitors from 10 May 2019.

  • Location: Maritime Museum Amsterdam
  • Open: May 2019
  • Client: Maritime Museum Amsterdam
  • Lighting design, lighting and media control, AV technology and installation: Rapenburg Plaza
  • Exhibition design: Tom Postma Design
  • Set constuction: Kloosterboer
  • Photography: Sarah-Dona fotografie