The Sea and Harbour museum.
The IJmuiden Sea and Harbour museum was
founded in 1989 in the former fishery school as the present day maritime
activities and their influence on the social and economical development
of the IJmond region. It's not only a static exhibition with photographs
and ship models, you can also interactively steer a sea tanker, navigate
and locate the position of a ship on the map table or handle the communication
equipment on board. Especially youngsters appreciate this one to the full.
In the Weismuller hall there's a large collection of bottled tug boats and the possibility to wear a real (heavy) brass diving helmet.
The attic rooms have been reserved for sail making, there's a demonstration of how maritime communication takes place through the Station 12 satellite of PTT telecom and there's a reflection of the history of the now closed Radio Scheveningen by means of two radio huts, one from 1939 and one from 1950.
From the tower of the museum you can enjoy a wonderful view over the present harbour, the steel mills and the houses of IJmuiden. A working radar screen gives you a good impression of the current ship movements in and around the harbour area of Velsen.
Then there's two big models of the NAM and NEDDRILL oil rigs, and by means of a video presentation you can see what happens on board of a supplier that brings goods to the platform.
The digging of the North Sea canal, which begun in 1868, was the start of the development of IJmuiden. In the history room you get a taste of how the people that dug the North Sea canal used to live. Also, there's a unique model of the mv "Rembrandt", the first ship to sail through the canal. Apparently the ship was a difficult one to steer, and therefor earned itself the nickname "the drunken painter".