Martime Museum Amsterdam
Martime Museum Amsterdam

National Maritime Museum

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 into 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 a 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. The absolute showpiece of the Museum is the Royal Barge. Furthermore, in the museum, you’ll find a vast collection of;

  • Paintings
  • Ship parts
  • Instruments
  • Weapons
  • Ship models
  • Naval maps
  • Furniture
  • Technical models
  • Scale Models
  • Ship parts
  • More…

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 it must have been like living in that time. You can board a replica of a ship that sunk in 1749, to get an idea of 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 centuries from the import and export to these ‘new’ countries, those countries themselves were not equally growing in prosperity. On the contrary; countries were often colonized and exploited. It was a violent time when humanity was put aside in favour 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.

 Opening hours

The National Maritime Museum is usually open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 – 17:00. The only exceptions are the following holidays:

  • 1st of January – New Year’s Day – Closed
  • 27th of April – King’s Day – Closed
  • 25th of December – First day of Christmas – Closed

Maritime Museum tickets, prices and discounts

Tickets to The National Maritime Museum can be acquired from the entrance or via the blue ticket buttons. Our ticket partner will send you your e-tickets instantly to your mobile so you can skip the queue. Besides skipping the line, buying your tickets online might get you an attractive discount!

Kids till 3 years old Free
Minors between 4 – 17 € 8,50
Adults € 17,50

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.

Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Kattenburgerplein 1
1018 KK Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 52 32 222
[email protected]

National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

Public transport

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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The kids really loved this museum! There’s a lot to see so take your time


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