National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) Tours

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.

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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.
Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam 1018 KK, Netherlands
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Admission: Adult €15, Child €7.50
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Skip the Line: Amsterdam National Maritime Museum

Visit the Netherlands' National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam with skip-the-line admission. Learn all about the golden age of Dutch maritime history as you wander the exhibits, which include naval artifacts and a replica of the ‘Amsterdam,’ an East Indiaman ship moored next to the museum.
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Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Holland Sightseeing Pass: Free Entry & Discounts

Explore Holland’s vibrant capital with an Amsterdam and Holland Pass. Enjoy free and discounted admission to top attractions and museums, as well as convenient skip-the-line entry to the Keukenhof Gardens, Madame Tussauds, and the Rijksmuseum.
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited free public transport, a free canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain free entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Van Gogh Museum & City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Why wait? Skip the line to Amsterdam’s iconic Van Gogh Museum. You’ll have the chance to check out more than 200 paintings by the Dutch impressionist, plus pieces by Monet and other contemporaries. Your entry includes a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket, which grants access to 11 other sites in town.
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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket

Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is home to UNESCO-listed canals stretching 62 miles. This combo hop-on hop-off boat tour pass allows you to explore Amsterdam’s scenic waterways and gives you entry to the divine Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum. During a 24-or 48-hour period, make use of the many canal stops to explore top city attractions including the Anne Frank House. At the Rijksmuseum, stare in awe at masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch.’
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Private Guided Historic Amsterdam Canal Cruise in a Salon Boat

Delight in the architectural splendor of Amsterdam on a private 2-hour canal cruise. On a spacious boat, you’ll sail on Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways through historical districts such as Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengrach. Pass important structures like the Maritime Museum and the Dutch East Indiaman, and admire ancient churches and Amsterdam’s impressive Central Station from the water. While learning about the culture and history of the Dutch capital, you’ll receive the complete attention of your private guide.
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

Experience the best of Amsterdam in two hours on a fun Segway city tour. Hop aboard your electric self-balancing transportation device, and cruise effortlessly around the key sights. Glide across the famous Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, wheel around the charming canal quarter, and coast to top Amsterdam attractions such as Dam Square, the Botanical Gardens and more. Make regular stops for photos and hear fun facts about the sights from an informative guide. Numbers are limited to nine on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Bike Culture Tour: Off the Beaten Path

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on a 3-hour bicycle tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. With a knowledgeable guide, stray from the conventional tourist trail to explore lesser-known neighborhoods home to landmarks like the Maritime Museum and the Rikjsmuseum. Weave your way through charming districts like Jordaan; take an idyllic ferry cruise to see the city’s northern ‘dijks’ (dykes); and gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of Amsterdam. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 cyclists.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian

Step back into the rough and tumble years of Dutch explorers, sailors and merchants on a 3-hour, private tour of the East India House and the National Maritime Museum with an art historian guide. Explore the Amsterdam headquarters of the United East Indian Company, and hear stories about the Dutch soldiers and sailors that criss-crossed the globe for years at a time. Discover exhibits of maps, globes and sextants at the National Maritime Museum, where a full-size Indiaman ship and actors bring the 17th-century to life.
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