How to get there
The Scheepvaartmuseum is at 20 minutes walking distance from Amsterdam's Central Station, simply follow the yellow signposts for the Oosterdok route. You may also take bus no. 22, 42 or 43 from the Amsterdam Central Station and get off at Kadijksplein. The closest car park is at Oosterdok.
Latitude / Longitude: 52.370770, 4.9164200
Our Locals' Tip: While there make sure you go out the back and climb aboard the 'Eastindiaman Amsterdam' and discover what the life of a Dutch sailor would have been like. It is a replica of the original ship that was wrecked, and has been put together by 400 volunteers at Lelystad between the years 1985 and 1990.
Maritime trade and ships have played a fundamental role in shaping the history of Amsterdam. Whatever the city is as of today, it owes more than eighty percent of it to its rich maritime past. The Scheepvaartmuseum or National Maritime Museum is dedicated to acquaint visitors with the same. The museum helps you explore the maritime history of the Dutch and take a peek into the basic elements that helped establish the Netherlands. Housed in a rigging house, formerly an arsenal of the Dutch Navy, the Scheepvaartmuseum showcases an assortment of ship models and displays a timeline of the illustrious shipping past of Amsterdam. The unique collection at the museum narrates the journey of the city with respect to its maritime culture and how it has influenced several aspects of the Dutch society.
Monday - Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Best For Whom:
- Mature Travellers
Best For What:
- Cultural Experience
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" - Ralph Waldo Emerson