Pronkbeker uit het PalmhoutwrakA ship transporting belongings for very wealthy, possibly even royal people, lay buried under the sand on the sea floor for 400 years. In 2014, this wreck was discovered by divers, who found the most impressive objects. Among other things, an expensive wardrobe with a silk dress still totally intact. Because they also found logs from boxwood (palmhout), they gave the wreck the name the Palmhoutwrak (‘The Palmwood Wreck’).

The discovery of the Palmwood wreck caused a stir worldwide. The many textile finds and precious utensils fired one’s imagination and raised all kinds of questions. To whom did the objects belong? What caused the ship to sink? And also very important: How can we conserve and display the finds?

The exposition Diving into Details is about the research into the finds from the Palmwood wreck. On a large touchscreen, you can find more information about the find and the research. New objects are being exhibited regularly. From March 9 through November 3 the gilt silver cup is on display in the exhibition ‘Showpiece from the Palmwood Wreck’.

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