Frisian Ship Transport Museum

The Fries Scheepvaart Museum is a maritime museum in the Kleinzand area of Sneek, Netherlands. Located in the province of Friesland, it contains a library, film viewing room, and focuses on local seafaring life. It is housed in canal buildings dated to 1844 and offers collections of old sailing ships models, naval paintings, and silver pieces.

The museum was opened on 13 April 1881 by the Provincial Friesian Society of History, Antiquity and Linguistics. The Historical Exhibition of 1877 was such a success that the Society was able to construct a building on the Rue Royale. Extension and renovation occurred in 1992-1997, to a design by architect Gunnar Daan. The multiple expansions eventually connected several canal houses, with a central entrance hall. The museum celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006. Preparations are underway for a new building of the Fries Museum in Zaailand, designed by Abe Bonnema; it was scheduled to open in September 2013.

Info: http://friesscheepvaartmuseum.nl/

Waterpoort

De Waterpoort

The Waterpoort or Hoogendster Pijp is a water gate, a gate in a defensive wall that connects a city to a waterway. It is situated in Sneek, the Netherlands.

In the 15th and 16th century, a defensive wall had been built around Sneek. The city lay on the important trade route between Leeuwarden and Stavoren, from which the rich western parts of the Netherlands (now North Holland and South Holland) could be reached. To facilitate this trade, a new harbour called the "Kolk" was built to the southwest of the city and in 1613 the Waterpoort was erected to connect city and harbour. It formed part of the city walls, but when large parts of these were demolished in the early 18th century, it was decided to leave the Waterpoort intact[1].

The style of the gate, now the symbol of Sneek, can be described as Manierist. It is unclear who designed it, but names suggested include those of Thomas Berentsz. and Jacob Lous. Above the gate itself, which originally would have had wooden fences, is a loggia (gallery) and above that are what were the quarters of the gatekeeper. On each side is an octagonal tower.