In line with the guidelines from the central government, The National Maritime Museum expressly asks its visitors to not travel to the museum using public transport, and instead opt to travel by (electric) bicycle, scooter or moped, on foot, or by car.
travel by bike
Bicycles are the transport of choice for many in Amsterdam, cycle easily from Central Station it only takes 5 minutes to reach this part of the Amsterdam centre.
There is plenty of bicycle parking available in front of and near The National Maritime Museum.
The museum is also easy to get to on what we call the Stromma. This is boat public transport that stops right in front of the museum jetty (Maritime Museum/ Artis Zoo).
The museum is also accessible by boat Hop On Hop Off offered by 'Tours & Tickets'. The jetty stop is right in front of the museum.
For more information, please see: 'Tours & Tickets'.
travel by car
IJ-Oever Centrum Car Park
At IJ-Oever Centrum Car Park you can park cheaply in the heart of Amsterdam. For example, it is possible to make a Day Trip Parking reservation where you can park from € 10 between 00:00 and 24:00 h. This car park is also a 10-minute walk from The National Maritime Museum.
travel by foot
The National Maritime Museum is only a 20-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. Follow Prins Hendrikkade east and you’ll see our docked replica ship ‘Amsterdam’, on your left and Kattenburgerplein 1.
travel by Amsterdam public transport
The Dutch National Maritime Museum is easy to reach by bus 22 (Muiderpoortstation) or bus 48 (Borneo Eiland). Bus 22 and Bus 48 depart from Central Station Amsterdam bus station on IJzijde. The museum bus stop is slightly east of Amsterdam centre (Kadijksplein/Scheepvaartmuseum).
Tip: buy your Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket online for unlimited travel across Amsterdam, including Amsterdam centre.
And finally, the Dutch Maritime Museum is really close to Amsterdam Central Station. From your train to Amsterdam, follow any of the suggestions above to get here quickly and easily.
Because the train only takes 15 minutes from Schipol to Amsterdam centre, and is easy to get to from Centraal Station, you can plan a visit on a short stopover or before boarding your flight back home.
accessibility for visitors
The National Maritime Museum is accessible for disabled visitors. All exhibitions and facilities can be reached by lift. The East Indiaman replica ship ‘Amsterdam’ is partially accessible by lift. If you bring an assistant to help you during your museum visit, their admission is free.
discover our neighbourhood
The National Maritime Museum is in the Oosterdok area. This is a local un-touristy secret, a beautiful, bustling and newly developed area of town with many things to see or do, only ten minutes walking distance from Centraal Station. It includes a restored naval base turned hotel called Pension Homeland with an excellent café downstairs, Pakhuis de Zwijger for talks and cultural exhibitions, and a jetty area behind the museum where people even swim in hot weather (bring your towel). Our building is a historic architectural wonder built in 1656, and we are also near the amazingly designed Architecture Centre of Amsterdam. The door hosts will be happy to point you in the direction of more great things to do as you leave the museum.