's Lands Zeemagazijn ("National Sea Arsenal") is a 17th-century building in the Oosterdok near Kattenburgerplein in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which served as arsenal of the Admiralty of Amsterdam. Designed by Daniël Stalpaert and constructed in 1655/1656, it is an example of Dutch Baroque architecture. Since 1973, the building has housed the National Maritime Museum.
In 1650, the government of Amsterdam decided to build three islands on the eastern edge of the city. The wharf for the navy was to be placed on the westernmost island, Kattenburg. A few years later this became the building site of the arsenal. Construction started in 1655 after the Dutch lost the First Anglo-Dutch War and there was a dire need to professionalize the navy in order to protect the merchant fleet.
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Greg Garrett | Mar 29, 2018
Excellent museum, well laid out - fantastic exhibits well brought to life. Depicts the interaction of dutch men and nature through the ages, concentrating largely on the Golden Ages and the import and trade of spices via the Dutch East India Co. Disappointingly small mention of the slave trade which was a significant part of Netherlands history but is still found to be unpalatable in schools or museums. Otherwise, excellent reconstruction of a trading ship. Well set out for children to climb over cargo, explore and learn. Highly recommended. Allow 2-4 hours depending on how much you like art (around 1/4 of the exhibits).
Byron Boyle | Jan 29, 2018
One of the best and most beautiful museums I've ever been too! This surprisingly was the highlight of my trip to Amsterdam. If you like maps, history, or boats you won't be disappointed. There are three main halls. The hall to your right as you walk in has the best exhibits which includes the phenomenal map collection and a stunning exhibit on sailing instruments. There's a full-scale replica Dutch East India Company ship docked in back that you can explore to your heart's delight. There's also a great museum shop a restaurant here. I spent about 3 hours here and had trouble seeing everything. Highly recommend this museum.
Mark Rasmussen | May 3, 2018
Very enlightening maritime museum, lived being alone to tour a 17th century boat. Great 3d presentation on the boat. The are 4 separate buildings on compass lines. Recommend 2-3 days to take them all in. Only saw the boat and the east building in 3 hours
Judy Lin-Kalff | May 7, 2018
Lots of fun for kids of all ages. The replica tall ship was great, with informative exhibits and fun things for kids to do. The exhibits are interesting, too, with holographic projections that "talk" to you. Might not be totally immersive but it's pretty good
Duncan McCabe | Apr 13, 2018
This is a great museum, it is a shame it is not more popular. The building is stunning and the exibits are very well thought out. There is a lot of interactive things making it a great choice for those with children. The atlases are beyond beautiful an absolute must see. The cafe is also pretty good and not overpriced.
sarah turnbull | Jun 14, 2018
Highlight of the trip - this museum is host to a huge amount of exhibits and not forgetting the replica ship. We arrived around 3pm and figured that'd be plenty of time but we ended up running to the shop after losing track time in the restaurant having stopped for a drink and muffin. Highly recommend for anyone interested in anything to do with ships, maritime history and especially antique maps!
Nicole Alexandra | May 28, 2018
Amazing photo place, great museum. The exhibitions are remarkable and the information about the various items and boats are great. Ok price, lots of things to see. Very clean and well maintained. Super friendly and helpful staff.
Bobby Sumarkho | May 19, 2018
16 euro to get in. The only worthy display is VOC replica ship in which we can experience and imagine real life on board hundreds of years ago. Pretty small to fit 330 people and precious cargo. Life must have been tough to sail for weeks or even months.
Harry K | Jun 22, 2018
Amazing museum. Located in a beautiful historical building from the 17th century, you can see a wide array of nautical instruments, maps, types of boats, tools, photos, videos and more. A lot of interactive screens and activities to immerse you into the learning process, along with a different type of atmosphere and vibe in each room. A 1:1 replica of a renaissance cargo ship is located right outside the museum, offering the ability to experience first hand what life was like on board back in the day, along with a great 5-minute virtual reality tour of the port of Amsterdam back then. I believe a curious adult would need to spend about 4-5 hours in this museum. Very friendly staff was a plus as well. If you're a tourist, you can simply walk from the Amsterdam Central Station to the museum in about 10 minutes, it's pretty easy. Definitely worth a visit!
bla blah | Jun 25, 2018
Fantastic museum. The building which houses the museum is surrounded by a mote with a large wooden ship moored out the back. The building has been tastefully renovated. The exhibits inside the museum are interesting and displayed very well. There is some interesting technology which only enhanced the experience, rather than take away from it. I’d say it’s the best museum I have ever stepped foot in to.
Raphael Vogel | Jun 29, 2018
Very well thought out and displayed exhibitions about everything on past Dutch shipping. The price is definitely worth it. The museum as a whole offers many interactive exponats. HOWEVER: you need time. 2hrs are by far not enough to see everything. The old styled ship in the back is a special treat. More than recommended and definitely a must see in Amsterdam.
Danae Vros | Jun 16, 2018
Nice place to visit. Spectacular reconstructed ship where you can actually go inside of and get the feeling of going back in time. Fun film of the trip of a container which actually makes you loose your balance with optical illusion. Only bad is expensive parking. Idea to park free in the north of Amsterdam and continue with local transport. Museum is right by the central station.
Pierre Mouy | Jun 23, 2018
A good scenery is positive. But when the modern scenery hurts the eyes or makes the items too dark to see properly, the scenery creator needs to be fired. Too small and too few things for the price. Extra bonus for the container video: uninteresting and I almost threw up. The sound part is really tiring too.
Yirmi Zehavy | Jul 18, 2018
The museum has several sections and each is devoted to a specific topic. We really enjoyed the west wing and the pirate ship. An audio guide is provided in the eastern wing. You must register in advance for the simulated reality experience by Bar code that you receive when purchasing tickets. There are Lockers to keep bags. The museum is suitable for Dutch and English speakers. Some of the exhibitions have activities for children.
Lindsay Caffin | Jul 29, 2018
I visited this museum many years ago, and it has since been refurbished. My memories may be painted with rosy pink glasses but I felt that this visit was not as good. The displays now cover modern shipping, I think that I recall a huge display of small sailing craft, the reason for my return visit, now not on display. A nice museum well worth a visit, a long walk from the railway station. We came by train from Antwerp for this visit, last time that I was in Amsterdam the museum was closed for the refurbishment.
Falk Hammermüller | Jul 27, 2018
It's a good museum with great exhibitions. The whole complex is climatised and free water is available in the entrance hall. Staff is friendly, bathrooms are clean and over all it's a good visit. All that in mind I still believe that the entrance fee is too high. 4 people for 50 Euro, including two children (11&14) is simply not right.
Erika Lopresti | Jul 30, 2018
Het Scheepvaartmuseum is a great museum to bring kids if you are visiting Amsterdam. The exhibits, particularly the VOC ship, are very child-friendly. I enjoyed looking at all of the maritime navigation tools and the artwork. The museum has a nice cafe and gift shop with unique items. I hope to come back one day and bring my children.
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