Museum for Items from Metro Construction – Amsterdam Museums

The construction of a metro railway is the path for the future of transportation for the entire world. When constructing anything that involves excavating and digging, the chances are that several artefacts would be uncovered in the process. While most companies would carefully plan not to disturb the existence of ancient sites, the newer places are ignored. As construction of a rail is a tedious process that companies have to finish within a timeframe, unearthing anything is often pushed away to the site and disposed of off if they don’t come under the preservation laws of the country. The construction of the Rokin Station in Amsterdam encountered a whole new set of challenges and took an interesting spin on what they found. During the development of Amsterdam’s North/South metro line, the archaeological findings were preserved. This is not the only metro site that has been excavating on old archaeological realms. The project of constructing metro lines began in 2002 and has been carefully executed by the city’s officials.

What Lies Beneath

While the construction workers were digging through the city, they came across a host of artefacts that enthralled the state and soon the collection began. Most of the objects that were found were at the Damrak and Rokin stations. These areas were the sites that were part of the Amstel river in the past and archaeologists were fascinated with the collection of objects that were unearthed. The city along with the archaeologists found animal bones that were from 2600 BC and other objects that told the history of the city. Tableware, early mobile phones, and other everyday life objects were found.

The wealth of findings was over 700,000 and could make up what a museum could have by itself. As an innovative idea, the officials decided to pick a few of the items that were unearthed to display them in a museum-like setup for the public to view. Two display cases filled with artefacts were presented at the new Rokin station right in the heart of Amsterdam to tell the story of the rich history of the city. The 14 by 12-meter cases were housed right in the station next to escalators. The display is available for the public to view as a free museum display. People from all around Europe and visitors who came from other countries can see the museum station and ponder about the belongings and wonder how people were able to use them in the past.

Anywhere and Everywhere

Visiting a museum is always an exciting experience for people who take the time to go there. However, most often, not everyone makes the time to visit a station. When a city can transform the central station into a museum display, it encourages people to use the time while on the escalators to enjoy the perks of going to a museum and kindle interest. As an initiative for a museum, the display at the Rokin station is one of its kind show that is rarely found around the world. For those who are unable to visit Amsterdam, the city officials have also allowed the display to be showcased on a website that is dedicated to the findings from their state-of-the-art construction initiative.

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