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Scheepvaart (Maritime) Museum Amsterdam


The Scheepvaart museum is the national maritime museum located on the eastern docklands area of Amsterdam.

The museum was reopened in October 2011 after years of renovation and is now one of the city's premier attractions.

The Scheepvaart museum is housed in het Zeemagazijn (the Arsenal), a former Admiralty of Amsterdam storehouse built in 1656 which was designed by Dutch architect Daniel Stalpert. It remained a navy building until 1973 when it was converted to the country's national maritime museum. The museum was closed between 2007 and 2011 and underwent a complete renovation - the resulting highlight of which is the stunning glass roof over the inner courtyard made up of some 1,200 glass pieces.

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The courtyard contains the ticket counter, a museum shop and restaurant. The museum is divided into 3 gallery sections - West, East and North - and you need to show your ticket at each separate entrance.

West - Contains "See You in the Golden Age", a striking presentation of life during the 17th century when Netherlands was at the peak of its power. Watch and listen to stories presented by actors on life-size high-definition screens. "The Tale of the Whale" looks at the large sea creature hunted to near extinction.

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East - This section includes one of the finest collection of globes in the world, glass and silverware, models of yachts, some beautiful ship decorations and navigational instruments. Browse through some old photo albums in a ship's lounge setting and experience travel from a bygone era. The 2nd floor houses an impressive array of maritime landscape paintings.

North - "Voyage at Sea" is a virtual adventure at sea; "Port 24/7" is a fascinating display about the port of Amsterdam - it includes a video ride which gives a container's eye view of travel through Amsterdam. Head outside to explore the VOC ship Amsterdam which is moored at the museum.

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Exhibits at the museum are presented in a modern and innovative way with full use of multimedia and excellent bilingual (Dutch/English) labelling. A free audio tour is available in 11 languages.

The re-opened Scheepvaart museum is certainly one of Amsterdam's crown jewels - reflecting the country's rich maritime history - and is a must-visit.

Scheepvaart Museum Essential Info

Opening Times: Daily 0900-1700.

Special note, the museum is hosting the Dutch EU presidency in 2016 and will be closed on these dates: 22 January to 7 February 2016, 10 to 24 April 2016 and 29 May to 3 June 2016.

Admission Prices (2016): Adults €15, children 5-17 €7.50. FREE entry to children 0-4 / Iamsterdam City card / Museumcard holders. 4 different guided tours are possible by contacting the events department on +31(0)20 523 2203.

Getting There: The museum is a 15 minute walk east of central station - either via the OBA library and NEMO or along Prins Hendrikkade. By public transport take GVB bus 22 (Indische Buurt) or 48 (Borneo-Eiland) from the central station bus stop near the Victoria hotel. Get out at stops Kattenburgerplein (22) or Kattenburgerstraat (48), right next to the museum.

Our Rating:

5/5 rating

Scheepvaart Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 523 2222


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