Maritime history of Amsterdam

The National Maritime Museum invites visitors to discover how the sea has shaped Dutch culture. In this freshly modernised museum, stimulating, interactive exhibitions let visitors explore 500 years of maritime history. There are a variety of exhibitions, including many especially for children. Notably, the famous replica of the Dutch East India Company ship ‘Amsterdam’ is moored at the museum, so visitors can climb on board and explore it.

Great museum for kids

The National Maritime Museum offers a variety exhibitions designed just for kids. Enjoy The Tale of the Whale or the multimedia adventure See You in the Golden Age.

Brief museum closures in 2016

Amsterdam hosts the presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2016, which affects the area in and around the National Maritime Museum. Because of this, the museum will be closed to the general public for three short periods in 2016:
  • Friday 22 January - Sunday 7 February
  • Sunday 10 April - Sunday 24 April
  • Sunday 29 May - Friday 3 June
During these periods the museum is hoping to offer alternative events and programming in the city. For more information visit the website of the National Maritime Museum.

How to get there

Bus 22, 48. This information is subject to change; for up-to-date public transport info check the GVB website