Bottle Ship Museum (Flessenscheepjesmuseum), Enkhuizen

collection of bottle ships, Enkhuizen

This tiny Flessenscheepjes museum in Enkhuizen is said to hold the world's largest collection of bottle ships, some are over 750 years old. An incredible variety of miniature boats--rescue boats, whaling ships, steamships, and modern dredgers--have been stuffed into every variety of bottle, from the tiniest light bulb to a 30-liter wine jug. Magnifying glasses are available where needed. On occasion, there are demonstrations of how to build bottle ships.

The most unique museum in West Friesland is the "Bottle Scheepje Museum in Enkhuizen. This museum is conveniently situated in the beautiful 17th century "Spui house, near the Drommedaris. Experience the magic of the ship in the bottle and see how by the bottleneck in his home to be piloted. There is an ongoing video presentation and frequently there is a boat builder bottles at work.

When it is not too crowded, the proud owner of the museum is happy to give you all the details on how bottled ships are assembled, and to show off the top pieces in his collection. 130 bottles boats donated in 2010 by Günter Rohde from Germany and rest of the 60 pieces collections are built by the Bottle-ship Museum.

Ralph Preston's - The Half Moon: A collection of ship in bottle

This was built by Ralph W. Preston. The bottle is a 5 liter Pyrex flask about 10" in diameter. The model has been purchased by the Flessensjeeps Museum in Enkhuizen, Holland for an undisclosed price. It is in their permanent exhibit. About 500 hours were consumed in building the model. The ship was used by Hendrik Hudson in exploring the New World. He discovered Hudson River and Hudson's Bay.
Bottle-ship - half moon Built by Ralph W. Preston
The museum is designed so that a clear picture of this old sailor's craft. Besides detailed models there are continuous video presentation shows how it is possible that a ship in a bottle arrives. At the permanent exhibition in the Bottle Scheepjes museum are regularly called thematic exhibitions on view, which shows every other maritime exposure.

But how do you doing a boat in the bottle without the bottle to break? To solve this puzzle you must really go to this museum.

Location and Contact
Zuiderspui 1
1601 GH Enkhuizen
Telephone: 0228-318583
Fax: 0228-322722

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