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Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum

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Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
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Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Netherlands Maritime Museum)
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+31 20 523 2222
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Het Scheepvaartmuseum, The National Maritime Museum, tells inspiring...

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.

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One of the best museums we ever experienced

We arrived around 3 and we were informed that the museum closes at 5. We thought we wouldn't need that long but we were wrong. The inside exhibition is vast and varied. Every wing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 5, 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2015

We arrived around 3 and we were informed that the museum closes at 5. We thought we wouldn't need that long but we were wrong. The inside exhibition is vast and varied. Every wing shows a different aspect of maritime history. And then there is the full size ship Amsterdam outside which you can explore also. Would be very interesting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2015

In September 2013, during my first visit in Amsterdam, I had only 3 hours available to see something of the city before my flight back and I -somewhat randomly- chose the "National Maritime Museum"... Housed in an impressive, somewhat austere, but beautiful rectangular building, with an internal yard full of light that inundates it from its wonderfully constructed glass roof,... More 

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2015

Dont miss if you are a history fan - however allow for hour or more to go through. Immaculate clean as can be expected with ships so old you can't think that they still in this good condition. They unfortunate can make it more interactive and use the space better.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a well set up and engaging museum, for all ages. There is a room of various peoples' reproduced photo albums from different time periods on ships; you can view them while sitting in comfortable chairs and listening to commentary about them - very well done. The ship models are great (as are those in the Rijksmuseum); the figureheads,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2015

There is a lot of unused space in this museum which is sad to see considering the amazing maritime history the Dutch have. However, outside is the replica of a trading ship from the Golden Age and this is excellent a brilliant piece of living history. Some living history actors would be perfect in the busier times.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2015

with alot of interesting articals to see! You can board the ship to se how they lived and one room was the dining experiencs. Don´t forget to open the cupboards! There are some AMAZING silve in there

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Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2015

Informative displays, well laid out showing Dutch naval history both military and commercial. The full size replica 18th century sailing vessel gave a real insite (although very clean) to how life was for the sailors of the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2015

In the past, I almost visited the museums in the world who won the awards as the best museum. This museum is also on the list of my best museums in the world. The big reason is the accessible language for everyone from young children to old people. It is also a big museum. You can stay the whole day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2015

Even the kids were amazed by the cannons... For the first time in my life I was able to imagine how the life on such a ship could be (there's everything on the ship - tables, beds, even toilets...). Very interesting indeed. And well explained. And lots of interesting activities for children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2015

We spent over 4 hours at this museum. The courtyard is stunning with a great story behind the inspiration for its creation. As the sun moved throughout the day it created beautiful shadows that made for great pictures. All the displays were unique and expertly presented. It takes imagination to create displays that draw the visitor in to learn about... More 

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Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
A visit to Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands presents the opportunity to marvel at its many modern architectural masterpieces like the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and the beguiling Python Bridge while taking in its scenic waterfront with its trendy assortment of cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Here in this post-industrial (though in some parts still very much presently industrial) neighborhood, you’ll find a smart selection of cool galleries and shops as well as the kid-friendly Science Center NEMO and the National Maritime Museum.
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