The National Maritime Museum has one of the most important maritime historical collections in the world. The collection includes 60,000 books, some over 500 years old.

The books and magazines dating from after 1850 from the collection can be consulted in our library. They are not available for borrowing. Items older than 1850 are stored in the museum depot. Students and researchers can send a request to see objects from the museum collection.

All books in the library of The National Maritime Museum are available in the online catalogue.

Questions about the collection

Do you have a question about the collection of The National Maritime Museum? Our library staff will gladly help you. They can help you on your way by suggesting books and other sources. With a useful guide including tips based on frequently asked questions they help you research a specific ship or person. We aim to answer your question about our collection within ten working days. Please contact us at:

Opening hours and contact details

The library is opened on weekdays monday till friday from 10.00 to 17.00. 

The library is always closed on:

  • King's day (27th of April)
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • Liberation Day (5th of May)
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day
  • New Year's day

Phone: +31 (0)20 523 2211