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Step on board a replica sailing ship, explore the Dutch maritime history, or just marvel at the displays of this fascinating museum set in an old naval building.

The National Maritime Museum, or “Het Scheepvaartmuseum” in Dutch, gives an in-depth and varied insight into more than 500 years of maritime history of one of the world’s greatest seafaring nations. Wide-ranging and interactive displays offer something for the whole family in both enjoyable and informative ways.

Take a moment to appreciate the grandeur of the building that houses the National Maritime Museum of the Netherlands. After having been used as a naval store for hundreds of years, it became a museum in 1973. Admire not just the striking architecture of this building built in 1656, but also the engineering skills required to construct this grand building on the water’s edge.

Enter the museum and begin to delve into the many different sections of the museum. Immerse yourself in The Golden Age with a virtual reality tour, be dazzled by the opulent Royal Barge, or be amazed at the skill involved in running one of Europe’s largest ports in the modern age. Discover the world in The Atlases exhibit and admire the colorful exhibits of The Ship Decorations and The Paintings.

Step outside and board the graceful replica sailing ship called Amsterdam, docked beside the museum. Experience what life was like on board this merchant ship of the East India Company. This wooden vessel is an exact replica of a sailing ship wrecked at sea in 1749. Explore the cramped living quarters and dark hold or stand on deck and gaze up at the lofty masts.

Enjoy the views over the water along with a meal at the museum’s in-house Restaurant Stalpaert. Before you leave, don’t forget to pop into the museum shop named Het Pakhuys (The Warehouse). It has many gift and souvenir options to choose from, from toys for kids through to intricate maritime replicas and maritime history books.

The Dutch National Maritime Museum is open daily, except for the public holidays of New Year’s Day, April 27 and Christmas Day. Admission fees apply, except if you carry one of the valid museum cards. The Maritime Museum is located just to the northeast of the city center, not far from the Central Station, and is best reached by bus, on foot or by bike.

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