Next to the Maritiem Museum Rotterdam, there is a small boat on dry land that has a sign advertising something like “Rope Museum – Free Entrance”. I was already curious to see what a “rope museum” showcases, but then you add the free part, and there’s no reason not to check it out.
Once inside the boat (watch your head in some places) we were greeted by an old Dutch sea dog that is more than eager to tell the story of his life, of the boat, and of the rope crafts you find inside if you say so much as a “hello”. He is there voluntarily, speaks perfect English, and will show you around the boat and tell you the stories about the cargo, the travels, etc. That he knows well since, apparently, he and the boat have some symbiotic relationship.
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