- When: From Saturday December 24 to January 8, 2023 (except December 25 and January 1)
- Time: From 10.00 - 17.00
- For who: Children 2+
- Cost: Free of costs (must be in possession of a museum ticket)
- Register: Sometimes on a walk-in in the museum
Come to The National Maritime Museum during your Christmas Holiday! And go on an adventure with Doris the Diver, discover everything about portraits, make your own mini animation film and watch the film Lampje (in Dutch). Will you come and warm up with us?
Please note: the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam/ Het Scheepvaartmuseum is always closed on Sunday 25 December (Christmas Day) and Sunday 1 January (New Year's Day).
Toddler programme around Doris the Diver (2+)
Come with us to the sea! You can hear the seagulls squawking and the waves lapping. Feel the shells under your feet and the wind through your hair? Move like an octopus, work like a sailor and dance like a kite. Will you come with us to the sea? Daily, 24 Dec - 8 Jan, except 25 Dec and 1 Jan, at 10.30am by registration; age: 2+; costs: free on presentation of museum admission ticket.
Colouring-do plate Sea monsters
What extraordinary sea monsters you see here! But wait, a head is missing, a tail is missing.... Will you make these sea monsters whole again? A sweet monster or a very angry one. Use your imagination, anything goes! Daily, 24 Dec - 8 Jan, except 25 Dec and 1 Jan; available - free of charge - all day during café opening hours.
DIY animation wheel: us at sea
Draw your own short story about your family at sea. Set your story in motion by turning the wheel and... you have created your own mini movie! Daily, 24 Dec to 8 Jan, excluding 25 Dec and 1 Jan; daily on walk-in 11am-15pm; age 4+; cost: free on presentation of museum admission ticket.
Portraits - At the museum, you discover lots of people. Not only around you, but also in paintings and photographs. How long can you sit still while being painted? And does that man look angry or sad? You can see an awful lot in a portrait. Get together and discover it all! When you are ready, you will make your own portrait! Daily, 24 Dec to 8 Jan, except 25 Dec and 1 Jan; times: all day during opening hours; age: 6+; free on presentation of a museum admission ticket.
Green screen sea stories - 3, 2, 1 CLICK!
At The National Maritime Museum, you will find many portraits. Paintings, sculptures, but also photographs. How do you take a good portrait photo? Find out with the whole family, get to work and make a beautiful portrait, of course in the style of Het Scheepvaartmuseum. Are you the swishy seagull or the tough sailor? Daily, 24 Dec to 8 Jan, except 25 Dec and 1 Jan; times: walk-in 11.00-15.00; for all ages; free on presentation of museum admission ticket.
Lampje - 1st two parts of the film
Lampje: a story about courage, friendship and always being allowed to be who you are - The family series Lampje, based on Annet Schaap's award-winning children's book of the same name, is the fairytale story about the 11-year-old daughter of a lighthouse keeper who strikes up a special friendship with a boy with a fish tail. Daily, 24 Dec to 8 Jan, except 25 Dec and 1 Jan, at 3pm to 4.30pm; cost: free on presentation of your museum admission ticket. Rather watch the whole film? Then come Wednesday 1pm to 4pm.
Lampje - the entire film
Lampje: a story about courage, friendship and always being allowed to be who you are - The family series Lampje, based on Annet Schaap's acclaimed children's book of the same name, is the fairytale story about the 11-year-old daughter of a lighthouse keeper who strikes up a special friendship with a boy with a fish tail. Times: every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm during the Christmas holidays; age: 8+ ; cost: free on presentation of your museum ticket.
East Indiaman Amsterdam
Come aboard this beautifully renovated East Indiaman and experience all kinds of things: hang in the hammock, fire the cannons, hoist cargo in the hold, imagine you are a captain in the captain's cabin, stand behind the helm and much more!