Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Discover 500 years of Dutch maritime history

Since 1973, the Scheepvaartmuseum has been based in the national arsenal, one of the major Golden Age buildings of Amsterdam.


The National Maritime Museum, built in 1656 as a warehouse of Amsterdam's war fleet, was created by city architect Daniel Stalpaert


Created in 1656 by city architect Daniel Stalpaert, it was built as a warehouse of Amsterdam's war fleet. Amsterdam was the world's largest port and the Dutch dominated the world trade.

Now, more than 350 years later, the arsenal is still an impressive and characteristic building. It breathes maritime history.


Het Scheepvaartmuseum houses one of the world's biggest collections of nautical art and artefacts, including globes, maps, marvels, paintings, ship models, ship decorations, navigational instruments and more.

Highlights include East Indiaman Amsterdam, the Royal Barge, and Christiaan Brunings

Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Kattenburgerplein 1
Amsterdam (Centrum)


directions_bus 22 Kattenburgerplein
directions_bus 43 Kadijksplein
local_parking Parking Oosterdok

Opening hours
Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Entrance fee *
€17.50 adults (18+)
€  8.50 4-17 years
free 0-3 years
* Het Scheepvaartmuseum's restaurant, library and spectacular covered inner courtyard are freely accessible to the public, and are a beautiful place to stop and enjoy a monumental, historic building in the charming heart of Amsterdam.

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permanent exhibition

Republic at Sea

tells the story of how the Netherlands became a maritime nation in 50 masterpieces.

permanent (interactive) exhibition

Amsterdam Port & City

the relationship between the port and the city in the past, present and future.

more impressions

glass roof of the courtyard inspired by the compass rose on nautical maps
ship decorations
East Indiaman Amsterdam - replica of ship that belonged to the Dutch East India Company
VOC ship

East Indiaman Amsterdam

Replica of ship that belonged to the Dutch VOC

interior with the vaults of the arsenal
The Entry of Saint Nicholas in Amsterdam always starts here in November when his boat docks at the Scheepvaartmuseum
portrait of Isaac Sweers, a 17th-century Dutch vice-admiral with the Admiralty of Amsterdam who fought in the Anglo-Dutch Wars
hand culverin