The National Maritime Museum


The National Maritime Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum

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The National Maritime Museum achieved Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor 2013 and 2014.

The museum is housed in the historic building the Arsenal, the storehouse of the Royal Dutch Navy dating from 1656.The museum collection together with the library houses one of the biggest maritime collections in the world and shows how Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history.

The replica ship of East Indiaman moored beside the museum is the largest collection piece and stands out as one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam.

A visit to The National Maritime Museum is educative and inspiring for all ages and backgrounds. Check website for current programme and activities.

We offer selection of guided tours of our exhibitions by a museum guide which can be booked in advance. There is also a free audio tour of the museum highlights.


  • Restaurant Stalpaert serves the best of local produce.
  • The Warehouse
    Our museum shop features everything with a maritime theme.
  • Event location.
    The museum is also an outstanding location for all sorts of business events, meetings and weddings. The monumental building has a number of multifunctional rooms which are suited for a wide range of events.

Good to know:

  • The recommended duration of visit is 60 minutes
  • The museum is complete wheelchair friendly

The National Maritime Museum welcomes you aboard.

Trade Services

There are special entry rates for trade and group bookings. For all enquiries contact

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Kattenburgerplein 1
1018KK Amsterdam