- When: 4 July to 16 August
- Time: times vary depending on the activity
- Duration: duration varies depending on the activity
- For who: families with children from 3 years of age
- Cost: activities are free upon showing a valid museum entrance ticket
- Register: activities are drop-in
Especially for the summer holiday, we are transforming The National Maritime Museum into a real holiday destination for the whole family. Go on a fantasy holiday between 4 July and 16 August, and join the daily family activities for children from 3 years of age.
Our travel guide will transport you to worlds far, far away, and tell you all the best stories about special objects from the collection. Dive into the sea of the weird and wonderful, and admire the most stunning tropical sea creatures. Get moving with aquarobics on dry land, sign the biggest postcard on the Open Plein and bring your family to discover the exhibits together. In this way your imagination takes you to faraway places, but you're still close to home.
Jellyfish in the sea of the weird and wonderful (all ages)
Do you think jellyfish are a bit scary, but also really beautiful? This summer, you can 'swim' among these mysterious sea creatures in the sea of the weird and wonderful on the Open Plein, without getting wet or worrying about getting stung. Every day from 4 July to 16 August.
Meet our summer holiday travel guide (all ages)
A holiday without a travel guide is like a swimming pool without water. Luckily, our museum guides are the ideal travel guides. They will tell you anything you wish to know about faraway destinations and the museum. Drop in every day from 4 July to 16 August, from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm.
Aquarobics on dry land (all ages)
Treading water without water, diving without a diving board and swimming without getting wet, and all this while keeping 1.5 metres' distance out in the open air. This may sound weird, but our travel guide will show you how this can be done while you participate. Every day from 4 July to 16 August at 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm, duration approx. 15 minutes, drop-in (limited capacity and only when the weather allows!)
Drawing programme 'The biggest postcard ever!' (3+)
It's the summer holidays, which naturally means: sending a postcard. What does your perfect holiday look like? What can you see? Draw with your family, safely at your own drawing board, and help us create an exhibition on the museum's large Open Plein all through the summer. Drop in every day from 4 July to 16 August, from 11.30 am - 4.00 pm, (limited capacity).
Something new to do at home each week (all ages)
Do you want to keep enjoying yourself and participating in fun activities of The National Maritime Museum from home, all through the summer holidays? Now you can! Each week, we will post a fun new vlog or home activity online. So keep an eye on www.hetscheepvaartmuseum.com/online-museum.
Summer at the Oosterdok
The National Maritime Museum is located at the Oosterdok. Tons of activities will be organised there all through the summer, for young and old alike. From sports to theatre and music performances. And from workshops to lectures. This way you can make a visit to The National Maritime Museum into a full day out!
Amsterdam Water games
For 7 weekends of this summer, you can participate in the Amsterdam Water games at the Marineterrein Amsterdam, next to The National Maritime Museum. The programme is crammed full of water fun. You could join the multi-day swim event, or take a sailing lesson! A perfect combination with a visit to The National Maritime Museum.
More to do
There are lots of other activities. Board the VOC ship Amsterdam, bring your family on a visit to the family exhibition 'The story of the whale' or dream away in front of old maps and the most beautiful souvenirs of the 'Cartography & Curiosa' exhibition.
Safely out together
The National Maritime Museum follows the Dutch guidelines of the RIVM as well as the protocol of the Museumvereniging. Prior to your visit, it is important that you book a ticket and starting time online. This ticket will also allow you to take part in all activities at the museum. We also ensure that visitors can keep 1.5 metres' distance from one another, which means that you can make your way through the museum safely. There are also additional hygiene measures, such as disinfection points, and we clean touchpoints much more often. On top of this, we provide adequate and clear information. You can find all the details of our measures on our website or on the signs in the museum. It goes without saying that our staff, too, are always there for you.