Het Scheepsvaartmuseum


The National Maritime Museum shows how our culture has been shaped by the sea.



The National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepsvaartmuseum) is housed in ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn (the Arsenal). This historic building dates from 1656 and was designed by Daniel Stalpaert as a storehouse for the Admiralty of Amsterdam.

The Arsenal was built in the Golden Age when Amsterdam was the largest port and market place in the world. Goods from all over the world could be bought right here. Today, over 350 years later, the Arsenal remains an imposing and impressive building with a great deal of character. It exudes history, making it the perfect location for The National Maritime Museum which has been housed here since 1973.


In 2007 The National Maritime Museum closed its doors for a major renovation of 4 years. To become better fitted as a museum, the Arsenal needed larger halls, adjustments for the increasing number of visitors, and better climate control.

Liesbeth van der Pol (founder of Dok architects) took on the design of the renovated museum and its public space, reception rooms, restaurant and library. To preserve the atmosphere of a 17th-century storehouse, the architect deliberately restricted her design. The only added elements are of glass and metal – materials that emphasise the imposing character of the building.


 Perhaps the high point, figuratively and literally, of the renovation was the glass roofing of the inner courtyard. Its self-supporting construction is made up of thousands of pieces of glass in a metal frame. With this dazzling glass ceiling, the Open Courtyard has been given a complete new function as central square and event location.


The National Maritime Museum is an outstanding location for all sorts of business events, meetings and weddings. The completely renovated monumental building, dating from 1656, has various multifunctional rooms which are suited to any number of events. The museum is easily accessible by public transportation, car and of course by boat.

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