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National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) Tours

National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum)
Housed in a humungous former arsenal built in 1656, the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) reopened in 2011 after extensive reworking and is dedicated to showcasing the importance of Amsterdam’s maritime history. During the 17th-century Golden Age, The Netherlands was one of the richest powers in the world, thanks to its trading wealth and an empire that stretched across the globe. It was a time of great progress in Amsterdam, when the Canal Ring was built and the middle classes grew rich. All this is reflected in interactive and audio-visual displays of model ships, maritime oil paintings, charts, silverware and weaponry; the growth of the fabulously successful Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC) is charted and visitors are whisked on a simulated journey through Amsterdam as a piece of cargo. Two now controversial issues that are dealt with sensitively through thoughtful exhibits are the European slave trade and the whaling industry. 

For kids, the highlight of a visit to the National Maritime Museum is undoubtedly the full-size replica of the merchant ship Amsterdam, which foundered in 1749 on a voyage to the East Indies (the present-day Indonesia). The craft is ‘crewed’ by actors who fire cannons, sing sea shanties, tie ropes and even stage a burial at sea.

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Kattenburgerplein 1. Admission €15 adults; €7.50 students and children aged 5–17; free with IAmsterdam Card. Opening hours are daily 9am–5pm. Accessible via buses no 22 or 48 to Kadijksplein or a 15-minute walk from Centraal Station.
Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam 1018 KK, Netherlands
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Admission: Adult €15, Child €7.50
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Amsterdam National Maritime Museum Skip-the-line-Ticket

Amsterdam National Maritime Museum Skip-the-line-Ticket

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Visit the Netherlands' National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam with skip-the-line admission. Learn all about the golden age of Dutch maritime history as you wander the exhibits, which include naval artifacts and a replica of the ‘Amsterdam,’ an East Indiaman ship moored next to the museum.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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National Maritime Museum Admission Ticket with Audio Guide

National Maritime Museum Admission Ticket with Audio Guide

The museum is housed in the historic building the Arsenal, the storehouse of the Royal Dutch Navy dating from 1656.The museum collection together with the library houses one of the biggest maritime collections in the world and shows how Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history. The replica ship of East Indiaman moored beside the museum is the largest collection piece and stands out as one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam. A visit to The National Maritime Museum is educative and inspiring for all ages and backgrounds. Check website for current programme and activities. We offer selection of guided tours of our exhibitions by a museum guide which can be booked in advance. There is also a free audio tour of the museum highlights.
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  • 2 hours
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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  • 1 hour
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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  • 1 to 4 days
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$77.72
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Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

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On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our 100% electric luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam.
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  • 1 hour
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

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From the peaceful atmosphere of a luxury, glass-enclosed boat, enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam along its UNESCO-listed canals during this cruise. Hear narrated commentary on the sites along the way, including the Anne Frank House, the Golden Bend, the National Maritime Museum, and the Skinny Bridge. With a variety of departure times available, this picturesque and comprehensive overview by water is easy to fit into your day of sightseeing.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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Experience the best of Amsterdam in two hours on a fun Segway city tour. Hop aboard your electric self-balancing transportation device, and cruise effortlessly around the key sights. Glide across the famous Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, wheel around the charming canal quarter, and coast to top Amsterdam attractions such as Dam Square, the Botanical Gardens and more. Make regular stops for photos and hear fun facts about the sights from an informative guide. Numbers are limited to nine on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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  • 1 hour
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Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam

Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam

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See Amsterdam from a perspective often missed by visitors on a boat cruise through the canal. In addition to frame-worthy views of the city’s banks, the tour features commentary and anecdotes about landmarks seen along the way, from the hip Joordan neighborhood to a canal once painted by Claude Monet. A small group size ensures an personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Luxury Boat Cruise

Luxury Boat Cruise

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We offer a unique take on the history of Amsterdam only employing local experienced guides on our brand new state of the art boats.
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  • 1 hour
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90 Minutes Private Historic Saloon Boat Tours with Drinks

90 Minutes Private Historic Saloon Boat Tours with Drinks

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A boat cruise in Amsterdam is a must, and this tour offers a unique experience aboard a floating monument. Built in 1912, the vessel served to transport passengers between East Germany and West Germany. Relax in an intimate setting of a saloon boat with your own private group, limited to 12. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Vegan Canal Cruise Private Boat tour - Vegan Drinks & Plant-based Cheese

Vegan Canal Cruise Private Boat tour - Vegan Drinks & Plant-based Cheese

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Cruise the canals of Amsterdam on an historic boat, built in 1912, while snacking on vegan food. You'll get views of some of the city's must-see sights, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, and the Red Light district. Munch on a vegan cheese plate and sip vegan wine, beer, and soft drinks while learning about Dutch history and culture.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

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Enjoy unlimited Champagne from our wine climate cabinet while floating through the canals of Amsterdam. The boat is one of a few which has the floating monument status in Amsterdam. Due to its historic character, built in 1912, earlier serving as a passenger transport boat between East and West Germany, this boat has unique history. Unlike other boat tours, this tour is in an intimidate setting with your own group up to 12 people and a tour guide which is also the owner of the business to guarantee excellent service during your boat tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Boat Tour - 90 Min incl. welcome drink on historic saloon boat

Private Boat Tour - 90 Min incl. welcome drink on historic saloon boat

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Step aboard an historic saloon boat, built in 1912 and considered a floating monument, for a 90-minute private cruise. You'll travel with just your private group of 12 people and a guide, sipping drinks while you float by some of the city's top landmarks. Your guide will tailor their commentary to your interests and answer any questions.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Dinner Cruise Amsterdam - 2hrs boat tour incl. drinks & 2-course dinner

Private Dinner Cruise Amsterdam - 2hrs boat tour incl. drinks & 2-course dinner

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The private dinner cruise is the perfect experience for those who would like to enjoy a unique dining experience in an intimate setting. Enjoy a 2 hours private canal cruise including a 2-course meal while floating through the Amsterdam canals. All drinks are included (except Champagne is available for an extra charge). For this experience you will be able to choose from a couple of local and popular Amsterdam canal restaurants before the event: Combi 1: Black & RED Combi 2: De Struisvogel & Hemmelse Modder Combi 3: Hemmelse Modder & Casa di David Combi 4: Casa di David & Belhamel Combi 5: Pancake Bakery & Struisvogel Combi 6: Vegan Sushi Bar The only thing you have to decide before the tour is which combination you would like to choose. Once you are onboard of our saloon boat, we will hand you out the menus of your chosen restaurants. Please be aware that the choice of restaurants is applicable for the whole group. You can then choose the dishes spontaneously on board.
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  • 2 hours
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$221.20
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Sightseeing Cruise Amsterdam in Open Boat Haarlemmerpoort

Sightseeing Cruise Amsterdam in Open Boat Haarlemmerpoort

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With the open boat the Haarlemmerpoort we roam the city. You can buy tickets for a standard tour (see tour details) or you can rent the boat for a private party. Ask BoatNow for availability and prices.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$47.83
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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  • 1 hour
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$21.52
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NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise!

NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise!

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We will go on the most relaxing, cosy and beautiful nightly open boat ride through the canals of Amsterdam. But not just any boat ride. You will be indulged with food, drinks (Juices for the youngest) , stories, history and humor. You will get to know and see the rich history of Amsterdam and so much more. . And you will also meet with guests from all over the world who all speak English. So not only get to know Holand but also France, India, Spain, Andorra, Italy , US and so much more while your at it. And because I'm your host for the whole tour, I will entertain you with amazing facts, funny and exciting stories.
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  • 1 hour
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Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive. 60 minutes

Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive. 60 minutes

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The best private canal tour on the famous canals of Amsterdam! The cruise is private for 1,5 hours and inclusive local skipper/guide and inclusive beer, wines, soda's and snacks (due the Corona virus, snacks are not available at this time). The luxe boat is equipped with pillows and in case of rain a roof top. Anamazing experience to enjoy with friends and family. You will see the famous hotspots of Amsterdam. The starting location is at the famous Rijksmuseum, the biggest museum of Amsterdam.
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  • 1 hour
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$269.03
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SUP tour Amsterdam

SUP tour Amsterdam

Instead ion siring in one of the hundreds of boats that go though town all day long seeding time on a paddle board and experiencing this beautiful city is much more fun. And also a great workout in the meanwhile!
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  • 2 hours
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$89.68
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Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian

Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian

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Step back into the rough and tumble years of Dutch explorers, sailors and merchants on a 3-hour, private tour of the East India House and the National Maritime Museum with an art historian guide. Explore the Amsterdam headquarters of the United East Indian Company, and hear stories about the Dutch soldiers and sailors that criss-crossed the globe for years at a time. Discover exhibits of maps, globes and sextants at the National Maritime Museum, where a full-size Indiaman ship and actors bring the 17th-century to life.
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  • 3 hours
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$289.24
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$168.59
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Romantic Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise With Wine and Dutch Cheese

Romantic Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise With Wine and Dutch Cheese

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Unwind from busy sightseeing or set the mood for a romantic night on this relaxing candlelight cruise along Amsterdam’s fabled canals. Aboard a glass-enclosed boat, admire beautiful waterfront views of the UNESCO-listed canals as you sip wine and enjoy delicious snacks. It’s the perfect way to wrap up a day and cozy up with that special someone.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$50.82
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National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) hours of operation: Daily 9am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 37 National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) costs USD 19.73. Guided National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) tours start around USD 19.73 per person. See all 37 National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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