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 as soon as we are open again.
highlights of the national maritime museum
I love Banda - Isabelle Boon
The Banda islands are inextricably linked to the maritime history of the Netherlands. Starting from the question of how the turbulent past influences the present and future, Isabelle Boon photographed the youth of the islands.
Republic at Sea
Displaying over fifty masterpieces from the museum’s collection, Republic at Sea tells the remarkable story of the Netherlands as a maritime nation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The National Maritime Museum follows the Dutch guidelines from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the protocol from the Museumvereniging and 'Veilig Samen Uit'. Note! As from 30 September 2020 facemasks are mandatory.
maps & marvels
Maps & Marvels shows how Dutch seafarers in the seventeenth century found their way at sea, and how these voyages defined the way Europeans saw the world.
the Van de Velde tapestries
The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) has purchased two rare, royally commissioned tapestries designed by Willem van de Velde the Elder (1611-1693) in England. The tapestries will be on display from the 1st of October 2021.
stories from the 17th century
The Netherlands is full of stories, connecting places with each other and guiding you through the country. The story of the seventeenth century is inextricably linked to Amsterdam and the National Maritime Museum.
Our exhibitions are diverse and for all ages. Interactive exhibitions for children, historical facts for the maritime lover, art objects for the lover of culture and wonderful stories about maritime history for young and old.
families & children
The National Maritime Museum offers a complete day out for families with children. There are various interactive and educational exhibitions for children of all ages.
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.