Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A)

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A), Groningen: Hours, Address, Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A) Reviews: 4.5/5

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A)

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A)
4.5
Speciality Museums
Read more
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Write a review
About
Museum aan de A is the successor to the Northern Maritime Museum, which is definitely changing course after 90 years. From a museum about the Northern Netherlands shipping to a museum about the city and province. About the life of the (extra)ordinary Groningen residents. About successes and downsides. From Rabenhaupt's victory in 1672 to Groningen's involvement in slavery. Of course we will also continue to tell stories about Groningen shipping. Because Groningen would not be Groningen without shipping. We need a few more years for the transition. So work in progress. For lovers of a smooth historical snack and the cultural and historical gourmet: Museum aan de A is for everyone.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A) and nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
158 reviews
Excellent
64
Very good
75
Average
15
Poor
3
Terrible
1

VanVlerah
Amsterdam, The Netherlands156 contributions
I don't often leave reviews for attractions/events, but I make an exception in this case. I know the Dutch fascination with ships/boats is almost as popular as their fascination with bicycles and cheese. I am not usually one who is wooed with ships and originally I had no plans to visit this museum, despite being in Groningen for a full week. I am VERY glad that I made the time for this museum however. First, the buildings that it is housed in is very very interesting and quite historical just in itself. I would go here JUST for that. The museum does an excellent job at squeezing in a lot of stuff and information into a relatively smaller space (something that the Dutch are quite adept at). There is much to see here, which I wasn't expecting much due to the seemingly limited space of the museum itself. The museum did an excellent job at displaying maritime history and also at explaining Dutch history and culture. I think this museum is very underrated and unfortunately perhaps undervisited. I was the only person in the museum for about 2 hours. This museum is a wonderful little gem and it will be your misfortune if you skip it.
Written September 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Timothy Siahaan
Eindhoven, The Netherlands344 contributions
The museum uses two connected historic buildings from medieval time. The collection is nice, bringing us back to the past. The information is in Dutch so I grabbed the information using my limited Dutch. However, even non-Dutch speakers will easily appreciate the collection.
Written May 28, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Swissabroad
Portland, OR70 contributions
Solo
You must love the history of ships to get the full value. There are a few other interesting exhibits as well about cutting turf and life of the families of seafaring men but mostly it is all about the ships. The explanations are almost exclusively in Dutch and even those are not very elaborate. For instance, among the furniture of a captain there is a fireplace above which hangs a painting of a black Indian woman. No explanations given about who what when or where. Lots and lots of stairs.
Written September 28, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jos B
35 contributions
The museum is located in two adjoining historic buildings dating back to the 16th century and renovated. The buildings itself and their history is worth a visit. The exhibition has a fixed collection of all aspects of mastering the rivers and sea by the Dutch. Lots of models on display - in a separate building some (steam) engines can be admired close by. The current exhibition of the season had a nice overview of good and bad times ) in the fight of the Dutch against floods and storms. Buildings are not suitable for the disabled. Also, this museum can use some extra funding to modernize the audio/visuals.
Written February 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

GRN105
Groningen, The Netherlands15 contributions
Friends
This is a nice museum that gives an interesting look at Groningen's past. They have a new exhibit called 'Groningen in 1470' that features an interactive tour of medieval Groningen.
Written April 3, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nynke V
Havoysund, Norway8 contributions
Solo
The exhibition is in an old building with many small rooms, but there is a good indicated museumroute that will take you on a journey from 600 after Christ to today's shipping.
Located in the city center.
Written December 21, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

CDN_Wanderer
Europe855 contributions
Friends
This museum has a lot of potential and is indeed a gem for ship aficionados, but if you don't understand Dutch then you'll be left out to sea.

It is nice that they have an intro film, but it goes on for way too long. The museum does use some multimedia devices, but some of them don't work or are really odd (the section on strange murders). This museum goes through different levels of two beautiful old buildings. If you have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, I would not recommend this museum as the route involves a lot of climbing up and down stairs.

I get the feeling that this museum is really trying to share the its love of everything ship related with a wider audience and with some improvements to the interactive parts, the intro video and information in English, this could be a very intriguing museum.
Written April 5, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,200 contributions
Couples
The Northern Maritime museum is located in two adjacent medieval buildings, connected by an elevated passage. Strolling through those buildings is really enough reason already to visit the museum, from small rooms into big rooms with ancient fireplaces over staircases into other rooms. The exhibits you encounter on your walk through the museum tell the story of shipping and shipbuilding through the ages. It is a must visit for everybody even remotely interested in ships. What I found most interesting (because I am an engineer) is the exhibit of late 19th and early 20th century maritime engines, mostly used for the inland navigation. You can admire the big one cylinder to three cylinder engines, and follow the evolution from steam to the hot bulb kerosene engine to real two stroke Diesel technology. Oh, I almost forgot. In a small theater located in a room just as you have entered the exhibition an computer animated history on a huge screen is shown in continuous loop of Groningen in 1470. Very interesting.
Written August 20, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

SeimenBurum
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,828 contributions
The museum is housed is some old buildings that are connected by a lot of stairs. Going around the museum is an adventure in itself and for those who are tall: mind your head! The displays cover a long time of dutch maritime history and the focus is on the smaller inland waterways ships. Most of the information texts at the items on display are in dutch but many items are self explanatory. A special section of the museum is dedicated to propulsion machines for ships where you can see old steam and diesel engines. All-in-all, well worth the low price of € 4,- (Sept, 2011)
Written October 15, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Michiel H
Amsterdam, The Netherlands54 contributions
Friends
If you are interested in this exposition, and you don't speak or read Dutch, it would be a waste of your time. Besides that, it consists mainly of printed posters and a few artifacts, of which I don't know if they were actually of the ship. But those prints could also be seen on a computer screen where you would receive the same information in your own home, from your comfy couch.

I guess, for Dutch people that are interested in maritime history of the Netherlands it could be quite interesting. But other than that, it's a waste of time and money.
Written December 30, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 50
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A)

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A) is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A) tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 1 Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A) tours on Tripadvisor


Restaurants near Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A): View all restaurants near Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Museum aan de A) on Tripadvisor