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Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

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At Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, explore interactive exhibits of the city's maritime history inside a stunning, 17th-century building. This museum is housed in what was once the Amsterdam Admiralty's mainland naval storehouse, designed by Daniel Stalpaert and completed in 1656. Now you can tour the modernized museum, known for its playful and attractive multimedia exhibits. Discover the site's vast collection of shipping and sailing artifacts, including maps drafted by famous 17th-century cartographers. Finally, step onto a recreation of the Amsterdam--a large Dutch East India Co. vessel that sank in 1749--to see what life was like aboard this ship during one of its many long journeys. Work out when and for how long to visit Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam journey builder app.
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  • There are a lot of small scale models of historic ships. But we really enjoyed exploring the ship Amsterdam. 
    There are a lot of small scale models of historic ships. But we really enjoyed exploring the ship Amsterdam.  more »
  • Bit dumbed-down tbh. Tries to suit all ages. You can't get on that clipper ship. No real sense of atmosphere on the ship, poor representation of what it would have been like. The VR was a missed... 
    Bit dumbed-down tbh. Tries to suit all ages. You can't get on that clipper ship. No real sense of atmosphere on the ship, poor representation of what it would have been like. The VR was a missed...  more »
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  • Great museum about Dutch sea history. Lots of beautiful models of old Dutch warships, and lots of original paintings from 1600s and 1700s of naval battles. Plenty of old maps and globes showing how challenging it was to accurately map out remote lands. Fascinating nautical instruments. The highlight is the replica merchant ship (called the "Amsterdam") in which you can go below decks. Museum is laid out in a very organized way.
  • The box is better than the content. The building of the museum offers a magnificent glass covered inner square. The exposition shows some interesting pieces but I visited many more interesting maritime museums, in Bremen, London, Venice, Barcelona. The tall ship is a joy for children, it gives a (vague) idea of the sailing context in the modern era.

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