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National Maritime Museum Amsterdam – tickets, discounts, what to see

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The National Maritime Museum holds one of the world’s largest and most notable maritime collections.

This collection includes paintings, ship models, navigation instruments, and sea charts.

Discover 500 years of Dutch maritime history and its strong link to the society of today and tomorrow.

This article shares everything you should know before buying tickets for National Maritime Museum Amsterdam.

National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

What to expect at National Maritime Museum

Dive into the excitement, courage, and adventure of sailors over the last 500 years at the National Amsterdam Maritime Museum. 

See how reclaiming land from the sea, savage sea battles, and trading routes were all turning points in history. 

Check out a replica sailing ship, witness how and why Europeans traveled to distant continents, and see amazing old atlases and maps.

The museum’s Dare to Discover exhibit is a VR journey back to the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. 

Stand on board the Transom return ship Amsterdam, see the construction of the Zeemagazijn – now home to the museum, and witness the building of warships.

Hit the ocean, survive sea battles, and bring back the best goods in this interactive exhibition.

It’s a day out at sea, and you don’t have to get wet.

Tickets & ToursCost
Tickets for National Maritime Museum€18
National Maritime Museum + NEMO Science Museum€32
Rijksmuseum + National Maritime Museum€39

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Where to buy National Maritime Museum tickets

There are two modes of buying tickets for the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam – online or offline at the attraction.

If you land at the venue to buy tickets, you must line up at the counter. During peak times, these lines can get long, and you will end up wasting your time. 

Online tickets for National Maritime Museum Amsterdam can be cheaper than those sold at the venue. 

When you book online and in advance, you also get your preferred time of visit. 

Online tickets also help you avoid last-minute disappointment when tickets get sold out.

How online ticket works

On the booking page, select your preferred date and the number of tickets, and buy them right away.

After the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email. 

You don’t need to take any printouts. 

All you have to do is swap your smartphone voucher for a paper ticket at reception.

Cost of National Maritime Museum tickets

National Maritime Museum tickets cost €18 for all visitors aged 18 years and above. 

Children aged 4 to 17 years get a discount of €9 and pay only €9.

Tickets for students and CJP pass holders’ are priced the same as children’s tickets.

Kids up to the age of 3 years can enter the museum for free.

Tickets for National Maritime Museum

Tickets for National Maritime Museum
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With this ticket, you will get skip-the-line access to National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

You also get an audio guide in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

So be ready to experience 500 years of maritime history in stimulating interactive exhibitions.

Come aboard the replica of the Amsterdam, a sailing ship of the Dutch East India Company.

Supercharge your visit with Dare to Discover, a VR journey that takes you back to the Dutch Golden Age to witness the building of warships and more.

Ticket Price 

Adult Ticket (18+ years): €18
Child Ticket (4 to 17 years): €9
Student and CJP Ticket: €9 

Combo tickets

Combo tickets are the best way to explore the iconic attractions of Amsterdam. 

You can buy Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum tickets in combination with NEMO Science Museum or Rijksmuseum. 

On the purchase of these tickets, you can reap a discount of 5 to 10%. 

National Maritime Museum + NEMO Science Museum

National Maritime Museum + NEMO Science Museum
Image: HetscheepvaartMuseum.nl

NEMO Science Museum is just 600 meters (1968 feet) from Amsterdam National Maritime Museum and can be reached in 8 minutes by walking.

So you can definitely consider visiting both museums on the same day, one after the other. 

Buy this combo ticket that gives you a discount of up to 10%.

Ticket Cost: €32

Rijksmuseum + National Maritime Museum

Rijksmuseum + National Maritime Museum
Image: Rijksmuseum.nl

Rijksmuseum is just 5.5 km (3.4 miles) from Amsterdam National Maritime Museum, and you can reach there in 20 minutes by car.

So book this combo ticket and level up the fun and adventure of your tour.

On purchasing this ticket, you get a discount of up to 5%.

Ticket Cost: €39

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How to reach National Maritime Museum 

The National Maritime Museum is located in Community Marineterrein.

Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands. Get Directions 

The most convenient way to reach the museum is by bus and car.

By Bus

Kattenburgerplein is the nearest bus stop to the museum, only two minutes walk away.

By Car 

If you are traveling by car, turn on your google maps and get started.

Mobypark – Steven’s parking is the nearest car parking to The National Maritime Museum, only eight minutes walk away.

National Maritime Museum timings

National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam is open every day of the week from 10 am to 5 pm.

The museum remains closed on King’s Day (27 April), Christmas, and New Year.

How long does National Maritime Museum take

Visitors to National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam usually require two hours to explore the museum completely.

However, if you are in a hurry, you can finish the tour in one and a half hours or less.

Best time to visit National Maritime Museum

Best time to visit National Maritime Museum
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The best time to visit Amsterdam National Maritime Museum is as soon as it opens at 10 am. 

If you visit the museum early, you will not find it much crowded, and you can explore the place at your convenience.

To avoid crowds at the National Maritime Museum, visit on weekdays. 

For the best experience, avoid peak hours from 1 pm to 3 pm.

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What to see at National Maritime Museum

Humans at Sea

Humans at Sea
Image: HetscheepvaartMuseum.nl

Humans at Sea provides an insight into the National Maritime Museum’s amazing photography collection of as many as 150,000 items.

From the oldest known portrait of a Dutch seaman to contemporary seascapes by Dolph Kessler and Mischa Keijser, you will get to discover a lot.

Also, see first mate Willem Dirk Duijf’s glass negatives showing the rank of a ship’s company and many more.

Republic at Sea

Republic at Sea
Image: HetscheepvaartMuseum.nl

This exhibition was launched in May 2019 at National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. 

Displays are of naval paintings and portraits telling battle stories; model ships like a Dutch ‘man of war’ displaying its many guns.

Dare to Discover 

Dare to Discover
Image: HetscheepvaartMuseum.nl

This is a virtual reality (VR) voyage inspired by the 1664 masterpiece ‘View of the river IJ with ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn’ by Reinier Nooms. 

A virtual journey from right outside the National Maritime Museum itself, showing the changing Amsterdam skyline. 

Reinier Nooms is one of the most important maritime painters of the 17th Century. 

He owed his nickname ‘Zeeman’ (The Seaman) to his many voyages.

The Royal Barge

The Royal Barge
Image: HetscheepvaartMuseum.nl

With a length of seventeen meters, the Royal Barge is not only long but also very slender and richly decorated with gold-leaf ornaments, crabs, water plants, etc.

Neptune and his three sea horses decorate the bow. 

Neptune is, of course, the symbol of the greatness of the head of state but also a safe voyage. 

Frequently Asked Questions about National Maritime Museum

Here is a list of frequently asked questions by visitors about the National Maritime Museum.

Why is the Maritime Museum famous?

The museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea, comprising more than two million items.

Where is National Maritime Museum located?

The National Maritime Museum is located in Community Marineterrein.

Is Maritime Museum free?

Children up to the age of 3 years can enter the museum for free.

Is National Maritime Museum closed on Sundays?

The museum is open seven days a week.

What are the timings of the National Maritime Museum?

The timings of Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum are 10 am to 5 pm.

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