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Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum

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Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
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Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Netherlands Maritime Museum)
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+31 20 523 2222
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Het Scheepvaartmuseum, The National Maritime Museum, tells inspiring...

Het Scheepvaartmuseum, The National Maritime Museum, tells inspiring stories of how the sea is in our genes. Come and enjoy the stimulating, interactive exhibitions and the stunning 17th century building.

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Beautiful building, nice display

A unique collection of Dutch maritime history. The building itself is impressive, with the centre section being a large enclosed courtyard. It has been beautifully preserved... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A unique collection of Dutch maritime history. The building itself is impressive, with the centre section being a large enclosed courtyard. It has been beautifully preserved. There is also a replica ship from the trading/spice ship years that one can board and walk around in. There is a fairly large section focussed on whaling. Iamsterdam card gets you in. There... More 

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Osasco, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is possible to get in the VOC Amsterdam, the beautiful ship that is docked beside the museum. Inside the ship you can see cannons and feels as you were in a pirate movie. The hold is kind of scary, but it is ok...

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum has 3 wings with beautiful exhibits with many interactive opportunities and an outdoor full scale replica of a merchant ship on the water one can visit all the levels of. We were very impressed with the esthetic appeal of the exhibits, the way some of the experiences are brought home by introducing us to characters from the past,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was very impressed. This very reasonably priced museum has a wealth of exhibits and is informative and entertaining. The seamless use of technology and facilities including included locker rentals make this a great stop. I figured on spending and hour and ended up taking more than three hours.

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Inside the museum there is a lot of information about ships and the importance of trading. Outside you can also see a real ship and visit all parts of it. Was great fun.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was an unbelievable great way to spend around 4 hours the quality of displays was fantastic. as was the indoor and outdoor attractions. it would have been fantastic for kids as the ship shown in the picture is totally accessible.. There was a fantastic interactive display which we both enjoyed wont say much as it will reveal the suprise... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is great especially for young lads. The actual pirate ship is so life like and real..it was brilliant

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a fantastic museum - extremely child-friendly, fun and educational. Probably best for toddlers to mid-teens, but adults do have a good time too. Far more geared to kids than places like Portsmouth which is another excellent maritime museum, but I thought it was far more adult/history-focussed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum is rather large, and is suited for both adults and children. I have enjoyed my visit and learned quite a bit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a seagoing nation the Dutch sailed the world, here you see the importance of the sea, great collection of ship models too. Don't miss the replica of VOC vessel Amsterdam. Remember there was no GPS when the set sail!

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Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
A visit to Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands presents the opportunity to marvel at its many modern architectural masterpieces like the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and the beguiling Python Bridge while taking in its scenic waterfront with its trendy assortment of cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Here in this post-industrial (though in some parts still very much presently industrial) neighborhood, you’ll find a smart selection of cool galleries and shops as well as the kid-friendly Science Center NEMO and the National Maritime Museum.
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