2 hours

Discover the story of one of the greatest seafaring nations at the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

This Attraction is closed until further notice.

Willem Barentsz and Abel Tasman are just two names of the many famous Dutch explorers and adventurers. Also many well-known ships were built in Holland. From the Netherlands people left to discover the world. Follow the exciting history in the interactive National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam or, the ‘Scheepvaartmuseum’ in Dutch. It has one of the largest and most impressive maritime collections in the world!

The beautiful building of the National Maritime Museum was once a warehouse used for ship material. A highlight of the museum is the replica of the ship ‘Amsterdam’ – one of the most stunning ships owned by the Dutch East Indian Company. Visit the ship and see how life aboard looked like. The ‘Scheepvaartmuseum’ contains around 400.000 objects, including the replica ship ‘Amsterdam’, other ship models, paintings, world maps, and navigational instruments. In addition to the permanent collection there are often temporary exhibitions and activities to experience and admire.

Interested to learn more about the world of water? Visit the Dutch Water Museum in Arnhem! Click here for more information and tickets.

Note: Tickets for the National Maritime Museum cannot be refunded

LOCATION Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam
Daily 09:00 – 17:00

Closed: 1 January, 27 April and 25 December

✅ Entry to the museum ✅ Audiotour
PUBLIC TRANSPORT From Amsterdam Central station:
Walking will take you 20 minutes when you take the Prins Hendrikkade or the Oosterdokskade.
Bus 22 (direction: Indische Buurt) to stop Kadijksplein
BEST TIME TO VISIT Before 10:00 or after 16:00
TICKET TYPE Printed ticket

Extra information

Audio guide

The free audiotour is available in 11 languages: English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portugese, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese and Russian. The maritime museum welcomes visitors from all over the world to show the Dutch highlights in maritime history.


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchairs available
  • All floors accessible with elevators


  • Cloakroom and lockers available

Note: Tickets for the National Maritime Museum cannot be refunded

  • Visit the rebuilt ship of the East Indian Company that took its first journey in 1745
  • More than 400.000 objects display the maritime history of the Netherlands

VOC ship in Amsterdam bij het Scheepvaartmuseum
Inside the Scheepvaartmuseum impressive roof
Scheepvaart museum Amsterdam VOC ships exhibited
VOC ship Amsterdam at the Maritime museum
Building of the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam by night

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
November 7, 2016

I loved the museum because it is very interactive and was amazing for the kids!

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