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The Maritime museum

Het Scheepvaartmuseum, the National Maritime Museum, shows how the Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history. Attractive object exhibitions show the best of our world famous collection. We have special exhibitions for children, including See you in the Golden Age and The tale of the whale. We even have one for children under the age of 6: Sal & Lori and Circus at Sea. And last but not least: the exciting ride Voyage at Sea is suitable for all ages and the famous replica of the VOC ship Amsterdam is back at the quay. Het Scheepvaartmuseum has been completely renovated, but still exudes history and is a beautifully imposing and impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam.

Het Scheepvaartmuseum welcomes visitors from all over the world. A day ticket gives you access to our beautiful and inspiring exhibitions and the opportunity to learn about the fascinating maritime history. We also have various museum facilities that are open to the public free of charge, including the Central Square, the Open Courtyard, the museum shop Het Pakhuys, Restaurant Stalpaert, the library and the waterside patio. Perfect for a stroll, a delicious meal or a nice cup of coffee or tea while enjoying the museum’s ambiance.

 opening hours

  • The museum and the museum shop are open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • The restaurant and patio are open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • The library is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5 pm.
  • Het Scheepvaartmuseum is closed on Queen’s Day (30 April), Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January). The library is also closed on 24, 26 and 31 December.

 ticket prices

  • 15.00 euros | adults (18 and up)
  • 12.00 euros | groups: min. 15 p. (reservation required)
  • 7.50 euros | children 5-17 years, seniors (65 and older), holders of Stadspas, CJP (Culture Youth Pass)
  • free | children 0-4 years, Museumkaart (National Museum Pass), I amsterdam City Card, Rembrandt Society, ICOM

how to get there?

Het Scheepvaartmuseum is approximately a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. To reach the museum you can cross the Prins Hendrikkade or take the route passed the Amsterdam Public Library. The museum is also easy to reach by public transport. Bus 22 (Indische buurt) and bus 48 (Borneo Eiland) depart from the Nicolaaskerk, the church at your left when leaving the main hall/main exit of Amsterdam Central Station. Both buses stop close to the museum at Kadijksplein.

More information you will find on the website of the maritime museum