Marinemuseum

Marinemuseum, Den Helder: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Marinemuseum Reviews: 4.5/5

Marinemuseum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Explore past and present of the Dutch Navy at the Navy Museum. Discover 500 years of naval history in our monumental Main-building. The magnificent collection consists of ship models, paintings, uniforms, weapons and more. Stand face to face with present-day pirates and witness how the navy combats them.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Pedrocalixto80
Castelo do Neiva, Portugal13 contributions
fantastic
May 2019
This is one off the best navy museum on Europe. A lot historic things where salvaged from old ships and placed for exhibition .
Written March 6, 2020
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Nigel B
Reading, UK3 contributions
Great Museum
Nov 2019 • Family
Really good museum. Easy to park, lots to see and interactive elements for the children. Submarine was staffed by friendly and very knowledgeable old sailors. The 1860s Ramship must be unique in the world.
Written November 7, 2019
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griffmarsh
Skipton, UK100 contributions
Great museum, enthusiastic knowledgeable staff
Sep 2019 • Couples
Spent a couple of hours here, so much to do & see. Submarine fascinating, 2 ships very different. Lots of staff on hand who were very happy to share their experience & stories with us.
Definitely recommend.
Written September 30, 2019
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deathracer
Montreal, Canada1,854 contributions
Good Naval museum, submarine was excellent
Sep 2019 • Solo
I spent about 2.5 hours wandering through this museum. I probably would have lingered longer, but the availability of English was not consistent. The model ships were really well done. My favorite part was being able to go through most areas of a massive submarine that held over 70 sailors. The day I visited, I was lucky enough to have a free tour by an actual submariner who served on this submarine. This really enhanced the experience. @10.50 Euro, this museum access cost is excellent value.
Written September 23, 2019
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Johanna V
Malta357 contributions
Real submarine quite an experience
Aug 2019
Beautiful museum, but most impressive was the opportunity to go into a real submarine and get an idea of how people work and live in there.
Written August 23, 2019
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Dutch-Mikey
Le Havre, France1,044 contributions
Top notch, excellent and well presented
Aug 2019
This is a museum I can easily recommend to anyone, not matter what age. It's big, spacious, and very well presented.

The volunteers, former Dutch naval staff, are there to give you a lot of information that's not in the museum, all based on their own personal experiences.

The submarine visit is an eye-opener, as were many of the exhibits.

Prepare for a lot of walking!!
Written August 22, 2019
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Paul H
Tipperary, Ireland318 contributions
Nice to see us Brits being attacked for a change
Jul 2019 • Couples
Interesting to see the audio visual Dutch attack on London . Submarine was worthwhile too. The Dutch navy deserves respect! It’s easy for us Brits to dream that we are the only ones with a navy.
Written July 23, 2019
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Davor R
Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands723 contributions
Dutch naval history, great for all ages, has an 'Enigma' and a walk-through submarine
Mar 2019 • Friends
The museum is a comprehensive exhibition of Dutch naval history. Features include movies, video shows and naval equipment with simulators, great for kids. And yes, there is a real 'Enigma' machine used by Germans in the WWII (photo). Not to miss is the walk through a submarine (photo). We had a guide who was actually serving on it, If you can pick a cold and rainy day for visit, it would be a good choice, particularly in the sub. The museum has a free parking. The exhibits are also explained in English.
Written June 9, 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,004 contributions
Very good museum of Dutch naval history
Apr 2019 • Solo
Having recently visited the combined army and air force museum in Soesterberg, we thought we'd drive up to Den Helder to see the navy museum. The museum complex consists of exhibits in two buildings, the Cold War-era submarine HNLMSTonijn, and the preserved bridge, radar dome, and gun turret of the frigate HNLMS De Ruyter.

The exhibits cover the history of the Dutch navy from its glory days in 17th century when it was a dominant world power through its decline in the 18th century, mixed fortunes in the 19th century, and finally its rocky course during the 20th century, including disastrous battles in the Pacific during World War II and integration into NATO during the Cold War. There are many interesting artifacts, paintings, etc. that highlight the rise, fall, and rise again of the Dutch navy over the centuries, including interactive elements and videos to help tell the story. While some general information panels are presented in both English and Dutch and some of the movies offer headsets with English and German soundtracks, all of the artifact captions are in Dutch only which makes understanding their significance difficult for non-Dutch speaking visitors.

The submarine offers an interesting look at post-war Diesel boat design as visitors can climb through it from stem to stern. There are even a few docents onboard who can answer questions. Unfortunately, only the bridge and radar dome of the frigate can be toured as the rest of the ship has been scrapped - the radar is somewhat interesting though as it is an early example of a 3D system that simultaneously provides range and altitude information on targets, sort of a 60s precursor to the Aegis phased array system used on modern warships.

Be sure to visit both buildings of exhibits - we actually found the exhibits in the ordnance repair shop on the daring raid of the Dutch on the British fleet anchorage at Chatham during the second Anglo-Dutch War and the disastrous defeat of Dutch and Allied naval forces at the Battle of the Java Sea during the early days of World War II to be the most interesting.

Overall, we spent about two hours here and found it well worth the 10 euro admission fee. We only wish they'd take the time to translate all of the captions for the exhibits into English to make life easier for foreign guests (which is why we docked them one "star").
Written April 11, 2019
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navigator009
Amsterdam, The Netherlands370 contributions
Very interesting place
Sep 2018 • Family
“Cool! Very cool”- told me my 6 years old grandson about this museum.
I have myself marine background and can say that museum is made and run by professionals and gives a chance to be on and in real submarine, to get on the bridge of the ship and gives you impression being as the part of the crew.
Movies, interactive screens, simulators and games delivers you a lot of information.
Written September 12, 2018
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