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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  • We enjoyed looking around the boat in the dock of the museum. Was fascinating seeing what it was like. However, unless I really missed something, there wasn’t much else to the museum. It seemed as tho...  more »
  • Conceptually modern Museum, enhanced everything. Nice experience for kids as well. An important element in understanding the Netherlands of the 17th century. For fans and not.
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  • Oh well, what do you expect. Still, it's pretty interesting. Much history and many models. A nice VOC ship. Some wear and tear. But yes, it is also ' old ' We came in with a VIP card of the bgloterij. Otherwise, it's still best to the price.
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  • One of the best and most beautiful museums I've ever been too! This surprisingly was the highlight of my trip to Amsterdam. If you like maps, history, or boats you won't be disappointed. There are three main halls. The hall to your right as you walk in has the best exhibits which includes the phenomenal map collection and a stunning exhibit on sailing instruments. There's a full-scale replica Dutch East India Company ship docked in back that you can explore to your heart's delight. There's also a great museum shop a restaurant here. I spent about 3 hours here and had trouble seeing everything. Highly recommend this museum.
  • Excellent museum, well laid out - fantastic exhibits well brought to life. Depicts the interaction of dutch men and nature through the ages, concentrating largely on the Golden Ages and the import and trade of spices via the Dutch East India Co. Disappointingly small mention of the slave trade which was a significant part of Netherlands history but is still found to be unpalatable in schools or museums. Otherwise, excellent reconstruction of a trading ship. Well set out for children to climb over cargo, explore and learn. Highly recommended. Allow 2-4 hours depending on how much you like art (around 1/4 of the exhibits).
  • This is a great museum, it is a shame it is not more popular. The building is stunning and the exibits are very well thought out. There is a lot of interactive things making it a great choice for those with children. The atlases are beyond beautiful an absolute must see. The cafe is also pretty good and not overpriced.
  • Entering the building you are lead into a surprising open source, roofed in glass, giving the museum a light heart. To the North, West and West are different wings, each with different themes on different floors. It gives easy access to the bits that interest you. Through the North Wing are the docked the ships. The East Indiaman being particularly fascinating. Though if you are tall like me, prepare to bang your head a few times!
  • No better place to learn about the history of Amsterdam's boats (ex. life on boat, how it shapes today's Amsterdam, etc.) right on its water! My personal favorite was the whale exhibition. So neat and applicable information for all visitors! Great for kids as well, it's located just a block away from NEMO.
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