- When: 10 July to 22 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
Surround yourself with water this summer and visit the best holiday destination: The National Maritime Museum. We organise captivating activities for the entire family.
Our travel guide will transport you to worlds far, far away, and tell you all the best stories about special objects from the collection. We have activities cards, you can help draw the harbour of the future and for the smallest of guests there is even a reading programme. The storyteller takes everyone to the East Indiaman and literally holds a 'mirror' up to all guests. Bring your family to discover the exhibitions together. In this way your imagination takes you to faraway places, but you're still close to home.
All activities are free upon purchase of a museum ticket.
Go aboard the newly refurbished East Indiaman. So many visitors have already preceded you. Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin. Experience what the ship looks like from the inside: visit the captain's cabin, fire a cannon, try out the hammocks and crawl into the hold. At the same time, also learn more about the flip side of the Dutch ‘golden age’.
junior audiotour (8+)
Do you want to know who killed Michiel de Ruyter? What kind of food was served on board the East Indiaman? And why it's not such a good idea to hunt for whales? Listen to the junior audiotour!
drawing programme Safe Haven (3+)
What comes to mind when you think of the harbour? Giant cruise ships or impressive old tall ships? Collapsing warehouses or hypermodern cranes? At our Open Plein everything comes together as we draw the harbour of the past, present and future. Drop in every day from 12 July until 22 August from 11.00 - 15.00 hrs.
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. Find our travel guide on his or her 1,5 meter island at the Open Plein and fire away! The trolley is packed with beautiful stories and you recognize the travel guide by finding the flag. Daily from 10 July to 22 August,11.00 - 15.00 hrs.
reading aloud for the smallest monsters
Imagine being a mermaid- or man swimming through the waves... Along with a museum guide we dive into the picture book 'The shoes of the mermaid' by Sanne te Loo. Daily at 11.30 and 13.00 hrs.
visit the family storyteller at the East Indiaman (6+)
The East Indiaman Amsterdam has told us many stories. But it's as if you're looking in a mirror: it continuously tells the stories of its own crew! Where was the ship headed? What happened in the East? What is the story behind the mirror? Listen to all the stories as told by the family storyteller. Listen and learn all about this unique crowd pleaser. Daily from 11.00 - 15.00 hrs.
visit the tallship - clipper Stad Amsterdam (all ages)
The magnificent tallship Stad Amsterdam is casted anchor this summer at the museum. Visit the ship from Wednesday until Sunday and explore the deck, go treasure hunting and ask the cool crew any questions. Please note: you need a valid ID (from 14 years) upon entering the ship.
exhibition: the tale of the whale
The tale of the whale shows how we have viewed whales through the centuries. You will learn about whaling and how it has made the whale an endangered species.
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 timeslot 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.