We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Magnificient building....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum

Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum
Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Netherlands Maritime Museum)
31 20 52 32 222
Website
Improve this listing
Book Now

Ranked #30 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Specialty Museums
More attraction details
Attraction Details
Owner description: 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.
Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
37 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Magnificient building....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

.... with a very large interior court in the center of several exhibits on various subjects linked to the sea: ships, ship decorations, globes, sextants, clocks, paintings, cacao trade, Amsterdam port, etc. Do not miss the replica of VOC ship the Amsterdam which you can visit and imagine you are a conqueror of the sea!

Visited January 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

682 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    354
    207
    77
    35
    9
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A-ha mateys!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We went to the museum principally to get on board The Amsterdam ship, which was great fun! It is a replica rather than the original but no less interesting for that - lots of good information posted around the place. We went round the rest of the museum and can really recommend the section with all of the prow decorations, nautical instruments and photos - absolutely fascinating and really well presented with English and other languages. This was one of our favourite visits in Amsterdam.

Visited January 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Valparaiso, Indiana, USA
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fascinating and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Het Scheepvaartmuseum is one of the best museums I've ever visited. The artifacts are beautifully displayed. I especially enjoyed seeing antique maritime instruments up close and learning how they were used. The display about the slave trade was very poignant. There was so much to see, I could have spent an entire day in this museum. Exhibit signage is in both Dutch and English.

The replica of the ship was interesting and kid friendly. If there hadn't been so many children running around, I'd have stayed on the ship longer, but I did find it enjoyable for a while, despite the chaos.

There's a locker room in the basement of the building, so you don't need to carry your coat, handbag or packages throughout the museum. The entire building is handicap accessible.

The restaurant and gift shop are both excellent and reasonably priced. I did more shopping there than I did in the stores in the city! This museum was one of the highlights of my trip to Amsterdam, and I'd love to see it again sometime.

Visited October 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pretoria, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I enjoyed seeing the history of VOC. Perhaps there could have been more about the new colonies that was established. Being a South African I am interested in the dutch part of our heritage.

The way the people of Netherland make their museums so interactive for children is very good. It keep them interested in their history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Blackpool
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Ship shape museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This was a must see visit for our 1st trip to Amsterdam as my wife works at a nautical college! We were not disappointed overall but I would advise that you ignore the 'interactive' tour - pretty poor and pointless! The rest of the museum was very interesting with all exhibits displaying English language labelling which is always a plus as I can't read Dutch! The replica wooden galleon and the large interactive map of the Port of Amsterdam was the highlight for us but there was plenty of other interesting displays to suit all ages.

Visited December 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum also viewed

Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
 
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
 

Been to Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.