Built in 1656, the former national naval warehouse was once used by the Dutch navy to store sails, ropes, weapons and ammunition. Since 1973 it has been home to the National Maritime Museum. The National Maritime Museum invites visitors to discover how the sea has shaped Dutch culture. In this freshly modernised museum, stimulating, interactive exhibitions let visitors explore 500 years of maritime history. There are a variety of exhibitions, including many especially for children. Notably, the famous replica of the Dutch East India Company ship ‘Amsterdam’ is moored at the museum, so visitors can climb on board and explore it. The National Maritime Museum offers a variety exhibitions designed just for kids. Sal & Lori and the Circus at Sea is an underwater fairytale for the youngest visitors, while older children will enjoy The Tale of the Whale or the multimedia adventure See You in the Golden Age.