Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam

Het Scheepvaartmuseum/The National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

The National Maritime Museum Amsterdam tells the seaward story of the Netherlands. Not the story of wooden shoes, cheese, tulips and people who fearfully took shelter behind the dykes, but the story of people who moved onto the seas to make a living, met other people and explored other continents.  The mission of the museum is to make the Dutch aware again of their ‘salt DNA’.

The museum is housed in a beautiful 17th century monument, the old storehouse of the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In October 2011 the museum reopened after a 4-years renovation and refurbishment. With new exhibits for young and old, the museum reflects the rich and inspiring maritime past of the Dutch.
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The museum has a scientific library (open Monday-Saturday) and curatorial programs, fellowships for students and academics. The museum holds a chair at the Vrije Universiteit/Free University in Amsterdam.

The museum is also an excellent and popular meeting place for conferences, dinner parties and other events.


Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Kattenburgerplein 1
1018 KK Amsterdam
PO Box 15443
1001 MK Amsterdam

Tel: +31 (0) 20 52 32 333 Fax: +31 (0) 20 52 32 213


Opening hours:

Seven days a week, 9.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on King`s Day (27 April), Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January). The library is also closed on Sundays and holidays.