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Permanent exhibition

Navigation and World Views

Where am I? Where do I have to go? Two questions sailors through the times have attempted to answer during their journeys through the elements, through science, through faith.

In ‘Navigation and World Views’ the visitor will sail through a treasure trove of navigational instruments of times past, while surrounded by sea, coasts, stars, and myths.

Find your own position

To find your way at sea is different than to find your way on land. The sea offers few focal points and seafarers through the ages have been forced to use the Sun, the Moon, and the stars as navigational aids. Generations of sailors and scientists have developed new instruments and refined already existing techniques. They measured the depth, the speed, the angles, the direction, and the time. As a visitor in the exhibition you can find your own position and try to find your way home.

From simple plummet leads to the satellites

The history of navigation is characterized by a duality of knowledge and technology. In Navigation and World Views you follow the continued change of the instruments from simple plummet leads to the satellites – our present day, man-made stars. At the same time you meet the people who drove the development forward and the people who used the instrument on a daily basis. You will meet the ones that escaped their deaths and those who did not. The fates and the instruments are embraced by films placing the visitor in the middle of the elements. You will experience storm, calm, ice and summer. You will sail by historical coastlines and meet the monsters of the deep. A special and different world is opening.

“HAVE I DARED WRONGLY, AH WELL, THEN LIFE WILL HELP ME WITH THE PUNISHMENT. BUT HAVE I NOT DARED AT ALL, WHO WILL HELP ME THEN?”

-S. Kierkegaard: “Sickness to Death”, 1849

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