If you like boats, you’re going to love the National Maritime Museum. In this museum you will learn how the maritime history of the Netherlands helped shape the country to what it is today. The Museum aims to educate about 500 years of maritime history. The museum is perfectly fitted for a younger audience as there is replica of an old sailing vessel ‘The East Indiaman Amsterdam’ that you can actually board. Throughout the museum you’ll find lots of interactive elements, especially fun for kids.
But also for adults there’s a lot to discover in the National Maritime Museum. Absolute showpiece of the Museum is the Royal Barge. Furthermore in the museum you’ll find a vast collection of;
- Ship parts
- Ship models
- Naval maps
- Technical models
- Scale Models
- Ship parts
Just like other European countries, the Dutch started exploring the world by sea in the 16th century. On these dangerous journeys they were on a quest for prosperity. They started trading exotic products, like spices, cotton and gold. In the Maritime Museum, you can go back in time and find out what is must have been like living in that time. You can board a replica of a ship that sunk in 1749, to get an idea what it must be like exploring the world in a sailing ship.
Although the Netherlands and the rest of Europe were profiting hugely in the 16th and 17th century from the import and export to these ‘new’ countries, those countries themselves were not equally growing in prosperity. In contrary; countries were often colonized and exploited. It was a violent time when humanity was put aside in favor of welfare. The role of The Netherlands in slavery is often referred to as a black page in the country’s history. A side of the story that will also be told in the National Maritime Museum.
The National Maritime Museum is usually open 7 days a week from 09:00 am till 17:00. The only exceptions are the following holidays:
- 1th of January – New Year’s Day – Closed
- 27th of April – King’s Day – Closed
- 25th of Decemeber – First day of Christmas – Closed
Tickets and prices
Tickets to The National Maritime Museum can be acquired from the entrance or via the link above. Our partner Tiqets.com will sent you your e-tickets instantly to your mobile so you can skip the queue.
|Kids till 3 years old||Free|
|Minors between 4 – 17||€ 7,50|
Address, contact information and route to the museum
The National Maritime Museum is located east from Central Station in the direction of Nemo Science Centre, the big green building. You will recognize the majestic white building, which is situated right on the water.
1018 KK Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 52 32 222
National Maritime Museum Amsterdam
The National Maritime Museum is situated near Amsterdam Central Station. So find your way there first. From Amsterdam Central station you could walk to the museum in 15 to 20 minutes. Instead you can also choose to take the bus from Central Station. The bus stops practically a few hundred metres from the entrance.
From Amsterdam Central Station:
- Bus 22, heading to Indische Buurt, stop Kadijksplein
- Bus 48, heading to Borneo Eiland, stop Kadijksplein
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