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Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

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At Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, explore interactive exhibits of the city's maritime history inside a stunning, 17th-century building. This museum is housed in what was once the Amsterdam Admiralty's mainland naval storehouse, designed by Daniel Stalpaert and completed in 1656. Now you can tour the modernized museum, known for its playful and attractive multimedia exhibits. Discover the site's vast collection of shipping and sailing artifacts, including maps drafted by famous 17th-century cartographers. Finally, step onto a recreation of the Amsterdam--a large Dutch East India Co. vessel that sank in 1749--to see what life was like aboard this ship during one of its many long journeys. Work out when and for how long to visit Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam journey builder app.
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  • There are a lot of small scale models of historic ships. But we really enjoyed exploring the ship Amsterdam. 
    There are a lot of small scale models of historic ships. But we really enjoyed exploring the ship Amsterdam.  more »
  • Bit dumbed-down tbh. Tries to suit all ages. You can't get on that clipper ship. No real sense of atmosphere on the ship, poor representation of what it would have been like. The VR was a missed... 
    Bit dumbed-down tbh. Tries to suit all ages. You can't get on that clipper ship. No real sense of atmosphere on the ship, poor representation of what it would have been like. The VR was a missed...  more »
  • We just went here to go on the replica boat they have but it ended up being the best thing we visited in Amsterdam. The building is beautiful inside and out - the atrium is reminiscent of the British....  more
    We just went here to go on the replica boat they have but it ended up being the best thing we visited in Amsterdam. The building is beautiful inside and out - the atrium is reminiscent of the British....  more »
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  • We spent a very pleasant afternoon in the Maritime museum. The displays were good, the cafe nice but the best bit was wandering the replica large trading ship. You can access most spaces on the ship and get a feel for the size quarters and conditions. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful gallery spaces all well curated and accessible by tram and bus from city. At time of visit there were exhibitions relating to a very wide variety of ages and interests. Lovely eating area inside. Externally access to a full size replica East India Company ship plus The Royal Barge.
  • Nice museum in Amsterdam central. It's a kids friendly museum with free entrance to museum card. A 15min walk from central. The main attraction is the ship on back side. You can get on and explore all the parts. Definitely recommend if you are curious about dutch maritime history.
  • Excellent place to learn about Dutch naval history, plenty of model ships, maps and everything in-between. The main attraction of course is the VOC replica ship, there are some parts of the ship which are so narrow and ceiling really low! Worth the visit!
  • After 5 years, we visited the museum again because it was that good the first time, so we wanted to repeat the experience. However, some of the exhibition rooms were closed this time. The accurate ship replica and the hands on experience makes the place one of the go to places while visiting Amsterdam.

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