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.
highlights of the national maritime museum
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.
East Indiaman Amsterdam
On the quay of our museum lies a replica of the East Indiaman Amsterdam that was wrecked in 1749 during its first voyage. The VOC ship Amsterdam is one of the showpieces of the museum.
free vr tour
Travel through time? It is possible at the National Maritime Museum! Go back to the 17th century with the spectacular Virtual Reality time trip ‘dare to discover – a VR journey’. The VR can be seen on board of the VOC ship Amsterdam.
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.
scramble for the arctic and rising ride
This is your wake-up call! The exhibitions Scramble for the Arctic and Rising Tide focus on the global impact of melting ice and the rising sea levels.
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.