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The National Maritime Museum - Amsterdam
In The National Maritime Museum you will feel the essence of the Dutch: reclaiming land from the sea and winning sea battles, discovering new territories and trading precious goods. Excitement, adventure and courage of the sailors… Become one of them by coming on board our life-size replica 18th century sailing ship “Amsterdam”. Find out how Europeans pictured other continents in the past by looking at the oldest maps and atlases from our collection. Go overseas, survive sea battles and bring home the best products in our interactive exhibition ‘See you in the Golden Age!’
Have a great journey with The National Maritime Museum!
The National Maritime Museum welcomes visitors from all over the world. A day ticket gives you access to our beautiful and inspiring exhibitions and the opportunity to learn about the fascinating maritime history.
- Go on a journey with the maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world.
East Indiaman Amsterdam
- Experience the Amsterdam! With our new fun activities you can really get a sense of how life used to be on an East Indiaman.
See you in the Golden Age
- In the Netherlands, we refer to the 17th century as our Golden Age. In those days, the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands was one of the richest and most powerful countries in the world. And that was primarily thanks to seafaring.
The Tale of the Whale
- In the 16th century, man knew little of the whale. For the most part, it was thought to be a fearsome sea monster. But that changed when Dutch sailor Willem Barentsz went on a voyage of exploration to the Arctic Ocean.
- From potato chips to sneakers to iPods. Almost all products pass through the port of Amsterdam before being shipped to the rest of the world.
Voyage at Sea
- Voyage at Sea is an amazingly exciting virtual adventure at sea. Join our voyage and get to know the people and the stories behind these important objects from our collection. A startling experience awaits you.
- In the 17th century, a lively market for paintings of sea scenes emerged in the Netherlands. The maritime industry had become a major driver for the economy, in addition to being a source of national pride. People wanted to be reminded of the ships, the ports, the sea battles, the heroism and the storms, even in their own homes.
The Navigational Instruments
- Finding your way is easy these days, thanks to satellite navigation. In olden times, navigating was much more difficult - especially at sea. The Navigational Instruments will give you an idea of how inventive the sailors of yesteryear were.
The Photo Albums
- Het Scheepvaartmuseum has a huge collection of photo albums dating from the early years of photography. The photos show a beautiful and personal picture of sea travel and exotic destinations. They are a document of what life was like in those days.
The Ship Decorations
- A ship’s ornaments do not make a ship sail better, yet ships have been decorated in all times and in all places. Greeks, Romans, Vikings and Dutchmen: they all decorated their ships with paintings, woodcuts, statues and images packed full of symbolism.
The Yacht Models
- Even as early as the 17th century, people who could afford to loved to show off their richly decorated yachts. This exhibit of ship models presents a beautiful picture of luxury pleasure craft through the ages.
The Glass, Silver and Porcelain
- Due to the rehousing of The Globes and the construction of the exhibition The Atlases, the access to this exhibit will be limited.
Steamship Christiaan Brunings
- This historic steamship, dating from 1900, is now part of the museum's collection and can be booked for cocktail parties and dinners.
1018 KK Amsterdam
Things to bring
Photo / Video Camera
No cancellation possible
Museum: Daily from 09:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Canal Cruise: Any time of the day, frequent departures 10am - 6pm.
Museum Adult: 15.00 EUR
Museum Child (5-17 years): 07.50 EUR
Information in the exhibition in Dutch and English
The museum is accessible for people with disabilities. All exhibitions and facilities can be reached by lift