In the 16th and 17th Century the dutch started to explore the world by ship to find overseas countries and products. With the simple geographical maps they had, they reached Indie, the current Indonesia, which became a dutch colony until 1948. There was a South-way or a North-way to reach the goal.
These buildings are situated in the so called "explorer" area in Amsterdam and the walls have historical murals.
I had never seen these and was blown away by the beauty of it. The last picture is of "Willem Barents" who went the North-way and got stuck in the ice with his ship on the Northpole at Nova Zembla and had to hibernate there. He didn't survive but a few of his crew did. The dutch directer Reinoud Oerlemans has just made a movie of this adventure.