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  • Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1018 KK
  • Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
  • Admission: Adult €15, Child €7.50

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National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum)

Housed in a humungous former arsenal built in 1656, the National Maritime Museum reopened in 2011 after extensive reworking and is dedicated to showcasing the importance of Amsterdam’s maritime history. During the 17th-century Golden Age, The Netherlands was one of the richest powers in the world, thanks to its trading wealth and an empire that stretched across the globe. It was a time of great progress in Amsterdam, when the Canal Ring was built and the middle classes grew rich. All this is reflected in interactive and audio-visual displays of model ships, maritime oil paintings, charts, silverware and weaponry; the growth of the fabulously successful Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC) is charted and visitors are whisked on a simulated journey through Amsterdam as a piece of cargo. Two now controversial issues that are dealt with sensitively through thoughtful exhibits are the European slave trade and the whaling industry. 

For kids, the highlight of a visit to the National Maritime Museum is undoubtedly the full-size replica of the merchant ship Amsterdam, which foundered in 1749 on a voyage to the East Indies (the present-day Indonesia). The craft is ‘crewed’ by actors who fire cannons, sing sea shanties, tie ropes and even stage a burial at sea.

Practical Info

Kattenburgerplein 1. Admission €15 adults; €7.50 students and children aged 5–17; free with IAmsterdam Card. Opening hours are daily 9am–5pm. Accessible via buses no 22 or 48 to Kadijksplein or a 15-minute walk from Centraal Station.

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Maritime Museum, Amsterdam, null
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Maritime Museum

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Discover naval Amsterdam with a combination of a canal cruise and a visit to the National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum). Learn more about the grand Dutch ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Amsterdam National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Skip the Line: Amsterdam National Maritime Museum

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Guided Motorcycle Sidecar Tour: Dutch Countryside and Muiderslot Castle from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, ... 
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Guided Motorcycle Sidecar Tour: Dutch Countryside and Muiderslot Castle from Amsterdam

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Explore the Dutch countryside and the Muiderslot Castle on a classic sidecar motorcycle. The tour will last 4.5-hours and you will be accompanied by a ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian, ... 
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Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian

During your 3 hour tour led by an art historian guide, you will visit the inner courtyard of the United East India House HQ to hear hair-raising stories of how ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Guided Motorcycle Sidecar City And Dutch Countryside from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Guided Motorcycle Sidecar City And Dutch Countryside from Amsterdam

Explore the Dutch countryside, traditional villages and Amsterdam's most famous sights on a classic sidecar motorcycle. The tour takes around 3 hours and you ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Canal Cruise, Amsterdam, Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours
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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Canal Cruise

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There is no better way to see Amsterdam than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Amsterdam attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours

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Skip the Line: Early Access to Van Gogh Museum with Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional ... 
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Skip the Line: Early Access to Van Gogh Museum with Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

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Beat the queues with a skip-the-line ticket to Amsterdam’s renowned Van Gogh Museum. Steer clear of the sightseeing swarms with an early morning viewing slot ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour, Amsterdam, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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This 2-hour small-group Segway sightseeing tour with a maximum of 9 people will show you the best of Amsterdam's city center on two wheels. Glide effortlessly ...  Read more

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Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Amsterdam Canal Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket, Amsterdam, Segway Tours
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Amsterdam Canal Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket

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Combine a hop-on hop-off canal boat tour of Amsterdam with a visit to Rijksmuseum – the Netherlands’ national museum that houses a collection of Dutch Golden ...  Read more

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