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Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum

Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 2222
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
+31 20 523 2222
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum has lots of hands on a interactive elements along with traditional exhibits. The East Indiaman "Amsterdam" is the highlight. The section on the Dutch golden age is very informative and interesting. The section on whaling is interesting even if, like me, you don't...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a very nice maritime museum, but also well worth a visit for just to have lunch in the restaurant. Spicy Chicken Sandwich is good in size, very tasty and fresh. If you're a bit more hungry, go with the sandwich & small soup...More

Thank Terppa
Reviewed 5 days ago

I really enjoyed this museum. The building is quite spacious and historic feeling, yet the exhibits don't overwhelm. You can kinda just amble and get a feel for it... Plus you get to board the ship out the back, and tha'ts really cool.

Thank Jeroen U
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's pretty easy to walk here. 10 mins from the train station and not much further from the Red Light District. Be warned, this is a large museum and you'll want to give yourself quite a few hours to do this place justice. We arrived...More

Thank amcs1983
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best maritime museums we've ever visited. (#1 is in Lisbon, but this is a close second.) Beautifully curated using latest technology to enhance the experience. Visiting the full-size replica of an 18th-century merchant ship was a highlight, as was the exhibit of...More

Thank docko1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was expecting more Dutch maritime history, but there was precious little of it. I enjoyed the old map room and a few of the naval paintings, and the boat out back was fun for 10 minutes. Lots of pieces, but no story to it...More

Thank kvaakp
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has a great collection but the curator has chosen to show only a limited amount of it and instead used a lot of space for cheap looking artwork on social stuff like life on board. I was very unimpressed.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seeing the VOC ship was pretty good, but the museum itself was so disappointing when you consider the centuries of colonial conquest and commercial maritime history of Holland. Interactive event was very poor.

Thank Porridge65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A 4 hours visit and not a single moment of boredom! There is a real use of multimedia all over the exhibition (audioguide, texts, screens, sound effects, ...) and all aspects of the maritime life are treated (arts, science, history, ...).

1  Thank Jeremy D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its a little out of the way from any public transport so be prepared for a walk or use a bike, I have always had an interest in maritime history but this place didn't really plug the gap. Its poorly laid out, I can't decide...More

Thank Steve C
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
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20 September 2017|
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Response from Sofia R | Reviewed this property |
Personally I recommend you to invert the order. First you should go to this museum, you'll spend here about 2/3 hours and spend the rest of your day in Nemo Museum. If you go at Nemo first you will lost you in the middle of... More
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Response from MarcusGB9 | Reviewed this property |
The staff would assist you as they are able, there is a room to store bags at the property
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26 March 2016|
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Response from MonoJ | Reviewed this property |
Most bigger museum have weelchairs to borrow. I know for sure Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijkmuseum. Most of them have this info on there page, if not you can send them a email.