Where in Amsterdam will you find a life jacket from the notorious Costa Concordia cruise ship, a 17th-century letter signed by the famous admiral Michiel de Ruyter, an 1898 masterpiece by marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and a globe from 1613? All these unique items can be found at the National Maritime Museum’s current exhibition, Drive | 100 years of collecting. Bringing together 350 fascinating maritime objects from Het Scheepvaartmuseum’s 100-year-old collection, Drive explores the art of collecting. Each gallery looks at collecting from a different perspective, helping us to understand why people become collectors.

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