The National Maritime Museum

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Kattenburgerplein 1
1018KK Amsterdam
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The Scheepvaartmuseum shows how much of our wealth and culture we owe to the sea. The museum can be found in one of Amsterdam’s biggest Golden Age buildings and owns an impressive maritime collection that includes naval maps, paintings, navigation instruments, and model ships. Several historic ships are docked near the museum, including the VOC ship called the Amsterdam. Climb aboard and experience life in Golden Age Amsterdam.

  • Visit the replica of the VOC ship from 1749
  • Explore one of the world’s biggest maritime collections
  • Travel to the Golden Age in the Virtual Reality experience Dare to Discover

Stimulating and inspiring

The exhibitions of Het Scheepvaartmuseum excite, inspire and clarify. In atmospheric settings, it is as if the pieces from the world-famous collection talk to you. There are special exhibitions for children, about the Golden Age, whaling and the development of the port of Amsterdam.

Step aboard De Zeereis, where you will experience a lifelike adventure at sea. The themed object exhibitions, such as Atlases and Navigation Instruments, display the best from the world’s biggest maritime collections. And don’t forget to visit the Amsterdam, where you can experience what life in the past was like aboard a VOC ship.

VR Journey 'Dare to Discover'

Step aboard the VOC ship the Amsterdam and travel back in time to the Golden Age. This virtual journey takes you on a flight over the historic harbor of 17th century Amsterdam. Experience how the harbor flourishes and expands rapidly. See how new land emerges from the sea and merchants from different countries bring in and ship out their goods.

The VR tour starts every 15 minutes and is suitable for children of 8 years and up.

Beautiful courtyard

Het Scheepvaartmuseum is within walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station. Everyone, young and old, is welcome to enjoy the building and the exhibitions. The restaurant, library and museum shop are freely accessible from the spectacular covered courtyard.

For more information about Amsterdam go back to the Amsterdam page or the Amsterdam museums page.

The Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) was a period of tremendous wealth for the Dutch Republic.