About Het Scheepvaartmuseum:
It's no secret that Holland once controlled a vast, far-flung empire using its powerful fleet of ships. Countries such as Indonesia, for example, went from VOC assets to nationalised Dutch colonies over some 400 years, a fact that surprises many tourists.
Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the National Maritime Museum) aims to shed light on this romantic (and often dark) era of seafaring with its permanent exhibition 'See You In The Golden Age'. Here visitors meet with a unique opportunity to tour an authentic, full-sized, East Indiaman ship - the type once used by Dutch merchants to shuttle exotic commodities around the Dutch Empire. Kids will also love the chance to explore the ship's hold and 'fire' a replica cannon.
Other exhibitions worth noting include, 'Voyage at Sea', where visitors can appreciate the harsh realities of life as a sailor, and 'Port 24/7', which provides a historical bird's-eye view of Amsterdam and its network of canals.
- All Year Round, Daily | Except Apr 27, Dec 25 and Jan 1.
- Multi-lingual 1-hour audio guide.
- 09:00 to 17:00.
- Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam.
- Average visits to Het Scheepvaartmuseum last approximately 1.5 hour.
Impaired Mobility | The National Maritime Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and visitors with other mobility impairments. All exhibitions and facilities can be accessed via lift. The East Indiaman Ship is partially accessible by a special lift. Visitors who are unable to independently navigate the museum may bring one companion free of charge.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rental. Please ask staff onsite or contact the museum directly.
Storage | Visitors are required to store bags larger than an A4 sheet of paper in the cloakroom near the entrance. Umbrellas are not allowed in the exhibition areas and can be stored in the cloakroom as well.
- 20 minute walk south-east from Amsterdam Central Station.
- Bus 22 (Indische Buurt) or bus 48 (Borneo Eiland).
- City Sightseeing Amsterdam Canal Boat - View Here.