Step back in time and onto a replica 1749 VOC East Indiaman ship called ‘Amsterdam’. It’s docked right beside the National Maritime Museum.

Attention! In case of bad weather and storm (wind force 5/6 or more), access to the East-Indiaman Amsterdam is limited. With wind force 7 or more the ship and quay are closed, for the purpose of the safety of our visitors.

Here, you’ll experience a ship from the Dutch ‘golden age’, life-like displays about sea travel, squeezing into the captain’s quarters, firing a canon, or hanging in a sailor’s hammock. Board into the ship’s bow and you can take an exciting VR voyage over central Amsterdam. Experience life in a bustling city harbour at the beginning of the 17th Century.

exhibition at a glance

what

This is a replica Dutch East Indiaman ship, docked right beside the National Maritime Museum. Experience fun interactive VOC museum displays and the exciting VR ‘Dare to Discover’ journey. Approx. 45 mins needed

who

From children aged 3 upwards—lift access also for buggies. There’s plenty to see and do for children and adults of all ages. Disabled visitors can visit the orlop deck and parts of exhibitions via a lift.

where

Walk through the front entrance of the maritime ship museum Amsterdam, and straight through our back Northern exit to the jetty outside.

about

This replica ship is docked alongside our National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam. It’s an exact copy of the famous Dutch East Indiaman ‘Amsterdam,’ lost on her maiden voyage in 1749. This ship is a must-see and one of our most popular exhibitions. In the 17th and 18th centuries we Dutch set sail in ships like these to the Far East. The journey took about eight months, can you imagine spending that much time at sea? Altogether, the East Indiamen ships made this journey nearly five thousand times. As with a real ship, in windy or stormy weather the decks may be closed so please check before travelling to avoid disappointment.

experience the East Indiaman Amsterdam! 

more about this replica VOC ship

The Dutch East Indiamen were the main transport fleet of the VOC. VOC stands for Dutch East India Company (in Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie). Did you know sailors spent 8 months at sea on a single trip – sleeping, eating and washing in very cramped quarters? The threat of storms and deadly dangerous seas were never far away, as this ship soon discovered.

the story of original ship Amsterdam's fate

In 1749, the original Amsterdam ship left port and sailed into the North Sea. In a great storm, the rudder broke off and the skipper ran the ship ashore on the English South Coast at Hastings. He hoped to salvage the people, cargo and ship itself—but instead it sank into the mud before arrival and was left there forever. As was common, looters attacked the stranded ship and made off with most of its precious cargo.

the reconstruction of the ship the Amsterdam

In a way, it was lucky that the Amsterdam became grounded in mud. On-board life became encased in a sticky substance that helped preserve it, and today’s archaeologists were fascinated by what they found. In 1985, the reconstruction you see today began and by 1991 the ship was docked outside out maritime museum in Amsterdam.

now on view: dare to discover - a VR journey. 

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exhibitions on board

Each deck has been rebuilt to give insight into daily VOC life. From the top half-deck, you can look out over Amsterdam like they would have 300 years ago, or look up and watch the vast sails in the wind. Go onto the orlop deck and see how sailors slept. Then, step into the hold where they stored some of their cargo, including cheese. Through the back of the ship’s main deck are the more luxurious captain’s quarters where important visitors or crew also stayed.

your virtual reality ‘Dare to Discover’ voyage

If you thought time-travel was impossible, think again. Sit down, put on your headset and let us transport you back to Amsterdam as a bustling harbour city. You’ll make your voyage as a ship passenger, and then fly over the city; look left or right and through clever 360 VR your views will change as if you were there. And did you spot Michiel de Ruyter, our most famous Dutch admiral, out walking with his wife. Look, he’s over there!

dimensions of the Amsterdam

The ship the Amsterdam has the following dimensions:

  • length of the keel: 42.5 m
  • length from stern to bowsprit: 48 m
  • width: 11.5 m
  • draught: 5.5 m
  • height: 56 m
  • water displacement: 1,100 ton
  • number of canons: 16

practical information

In case of bad weather and storm, wind force 5/6 or more, access to the Amsterdam is limited. With wind force 7 or more the ship and quay are closed, for the purpose of the safety of our visitors.

In recent years, the VOC ship has become partly accessible to disabled people using a special lift that takes the visitor to the tween deck. Here you can see how the crew slept, see the canons up close and taste the atmosphere in the hold.

The VOC ship the Amsterdam is an official wedding location, as is the National Maritime Museum in its entirety. Read more via the link below.

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