Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum

National Maritime Museum
Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Light grey building with a dark grey roof surrounded by water

Location within the centre of Amsterdam
Established 1916 (1916)[1]
Location Kattenburgerplein 1[2]
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°22′18″N 4°54′53″E / 52.37167°N 4.91472°E / 52.37167; 4.91472Coordinates: 52°22′18″N 4°54′53″E / 52.37167°N 4.91472°E / 52.37167; 4.91472
Type Maritime museum
Visitors 300,000 (2015)[3]
Director J.H. Gerson (ad interim)[4]
President Vacancy[4]

The National Maritime Museum (Dutch: Het Scheepvaartmuseum) is a maritime museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The museum had 300,000 visitors in 2015.


The museum is housed in a former naval storehouse, 's Lands Zeemagazijn or Admiraliteits Magazijn, designed by the Dutch architect Daniël Stalpaert and constructed in 1656. The museum moved to this building in 1973.

After an extensive renovation in 2007–2011, Het Scheepvaartmuseum reopened on 2 October 2011.

The glass roof of the courtyard inspired by the compass rose on nautical maps


The museum is dedicated to maritime history and contains many artifacts associated with shipping and sailing. The collection contains, among other things, paintings, scale models, weapons and world maps. The paintings depict Dutch naval officers such as Michiel de Ruyter and impressive historical sea battles.

The map collection includes works by famed 17th-century cartographers Willem Blaeu and his son Joan Blaeu. The museum also has a surviving copy of the first edition of Maximilian Transylvanus' work, De Moluccis Insulis, the first to describe Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world.

Amsterdam replica

Moored outside the museum is a replica of the Amsterdam, an 18th-century ship which sailed between the Netherlands and the East Indies. The replica was built in the years 1985–1990.

A 1990 replica of the Amsterdam is moored next to the museum


The museum had 419,060 visitors in 2012.[5] It ranked as 11th most visited museum in the Netherlands in 2013.[6] The museum had 300,000 visitors in 2015.[7]


  1. (Dutch) De Vereeniging, Het Scheepvaartmuseum. Retrieved on 2013-09-10.
  2. About the museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-09-10.
  3. (Dutch) Jasper Piersma & Olga Ketellapper, "Driekwart Amsterdamse musea trekt in 2015 meer bezoekers", Het Parool, 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. 1 2 Organisation, National Martime Museum. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  5. (Dutch) Vierde kwartaal: volop feest, Het Scheepvaartmuseum, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  6. (Dutch) Daan van Lent & Pieter van Os, "Musea doen het goed: aantal bezoekers in 2013 fors gestegen", NRC Handelsblad, 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  7. (Dutch) Jasper Piersma & Olga Ketellapper, "Driekwart Amsterdamse musea trekt in 2015 meer bezoekers", Het Parool, 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
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