The collection of The National Maritime Museum is one of the largest and most notable maritime collections in the world with approximately 400,000 objects, including paintings, models of ships, navigation instruments, and maps of the world. Discover 500 years of Dutch Maritime history as well as its strong links to today’s society and the society of the future.
step aboard with a new guided tour!
Have a look inside the captain’s cabin, the galley and the crew quarters. Discover how sailors lived and worked in the Dutch Golden Age. Experience life aboard and more in our English-spoken guided tour.
free VR Tour
Go back to the Dutch Golden Age with Dare to Discover, a Virtual Reality journey. Take the free tour in the East Indiaman Amsterdam.
The main gallery | Republic at Sea
The main gallery is the starting point of the museum visit. It tells the story of the growth, prosperity, and decline of the Netherlands as a maritime nation in 60 minutes, taking 50 masterpieces from its own collection as the basis.
maps & marvels
Maps & Marvels shows how Dutch seafarers in the Golden Age found their way at sea, and how these voyages defined the way Europeans saw the world.
2019 - Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age
In 2019 it is 350 years since Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) died. Reason to honor the artist and bring extra attention to his work, his contemporaries and the 17th century in the theme year Rembrandt and the Golden Age.
Sea of Tranquillity | Hans Op de Beeck
On 8 September 2018, Het Scheepvaartmuseum will host the intriguing exhibition Sea of Tranquillity by Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck
ms Oranje | changing course
On 8 September 2018, Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) has opened the doors to its new exhibition ms Oranje | changing course, putting the spotlight on the passenger ship Oranje.
a place worth seeing
Our permanent collection, an absolute must-see when you visit the museum. Make sure you don't miss our exhibitions!
The audio tour takes you through the various exhibits and the monumental building itself. In one hour you will get to know everything about the atlases, yacht models, paintings, navigational instruments, ship decorations and the East Indiaman Amsterdam.