The ship is a real-size replica of the original Batavia that was wrecked on its maiden trading voyage to Java on 4 June 1629. The replica was built 1985-1995 by a ship builder and an ever-changing team of volunteers and long-term unemployed. It is also possible to learn different traditional trades here, from sail making to wood carving. The replica was designed based on paintings, texts and drawings from the era and built according to traditional methods and using traditional materials. In the dockyard, work is underway on a second ship, the flagship 7 Provinciën. The real Seven Provinces was a famous battleship under the command of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Still only a skeleton at present, naval ship De 7 Provinciën promises to be very different in appearance from The Batavia, a commercial carrier. Visitors to the wharf are shown around by volunteers who know about the historical background of the ships as well as details concerning the building process. The latter can be seen as a form of experimental archaeology because much shipbuilding knowledge had been lost in the course of the centuries.
Across the road from the wharf, Nieuw Land Museum brings alive the history of FlevoPolder with the help of photos, films, and exhibits including tools.