The exhibitions of the National Maritime Museum are diverse and for all ages. Interactive exhibitions for children, historical facts for the maritime lover, art objects for the lover of culture and wonderful stories about maritime history for young and old.
Amsterdam port & city
This exhibition shows the age-old relationship between the harbour and the city, from the moment a dam was built in the Amstel to the future.
the tale of the whale
the whale through the ages from sea monster to endangered species
visit the Clipper 'Stad Amsterdam'
The impressive clipper Stad Amsterdam is at anchor in front of the National Maritime Museum until 1 September 2021 and you are invited on board.
I love Banda | Isabelle Boon
The Banda islands are inextricably linked to the maritime history of the Netherlands. Starting from the question of how the turbulent past influences the present and future, Isabelle Boon photographed the youth of the islands.
republic at sea
Republic at Sea tells the remarkable story of the Netherlands as a a maritime nation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
dare to discover | a VR journey
Because of the increased hygiene measures, the museum currently does not offer the use of the VR journey.
maps & marvels
Maps & Marvels shows how Dutch seafarers in the seventeenth century found their way at sea, and how these voyages defined the European world view. Please note that the exhibition will be temporarily closed from October 5th up till October 9th due to maintanance.
the yacht models
a sailing race between old and new yacht models
the navigational instruments
navigate your way through the stars
the ship decorations
a fascinating look at the varied and colourful beauty of ship decorations and the craftsmanship behind them
free audio tour
Discover the stories behind the finest objects in our collection in only 60 minutes with our free audio tour.
map of the national maritime museum
Take a look at the map of The National Maritime Museum.
the Van de Velde tapestries
The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) has purchased two rare, royally commissioned tapestries designed by Willem van de Velde the Elder. The tapestries will be on display from the 1st of October.
expected: Willem van de Velde, father and son
Willem van de Velde the Elder and his son Willem van de Velde the Younger were leaders in seventeenth-century marine painting and inspired many generations of painters after them. In 2021, the National Maritime Museum will show the Van de Veldes to the public.