Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Our most recommended tours and activities

Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: National Maritime Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Amsterdam: National Maritime Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Book a skip-the-line ticket to the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam to discover how Amsterdam became the greatest harbor in mainland Europe. Be inspired by one of the world’s biggest maritime collections, artifacts, and art. Explore the National Maritime Museum in the heart of Amsterdam. The building was built in 1656 as a former storehouse for the Admiralty. Step back in time by boarding a replica 1749 VOC East Indiaman ship named Amsterdam. Experience a ship from the so-called Dutch golden age and see life-like displays about sea travel. Squeeze into the captain’s quarters, fire a cannon, or hang in a sailor’s hammock. Board into the ship’s bow and you can take an exciting VR voyage over central Amsterdam. Experience life in a bustling city harbor at the beginning of the 17th century.

Amsterdam: Sighting Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

3. Amsterdam: Sighting Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

Enjoy the ultimate Amsterdam experience onboard one of the city's most exclusive boats. Relax with a drink, served by a hostess and take hear fun facts about the city in the past and in the present, as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal Belt.  Sit back and relax as you look at the merchant houses, abundant trees, and beautiful gardens of the city center. The planned urban sprawl served as an example around the world well into the 19th century, and the network of canals extends for 14 kilometers and boasts some 80 bridges. Pick from a wide choice of hot and cold drinks from the well-stocked bar, and stay cozy with the fleece blankets on both the open and closed boats. Sail along the River Amstel and pass the Hermitage Museum. See the Royal Theatre Carré and famous Skinny Bridge. Marvel at the contemporary architecture of the NEMO Science Museum, and cruise along the famous 7 Bridges section of the Reguliersgracht. Catch a glimpse of the Dancing Houses and the infamous Red Light district. Return to your starting point with your camera full of pictures. 

Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

Take an evening cruise through Amsterdam. See canal-side views of the city from an open boat. Don't miss out on a quintessential Amsterdam experience and the opportunity to learn about the city's history and culture. Let your skipper and hostess regale you with tales of old Amsterdam as well as stories about modern life in the Dutch capital. Get yourself a drink at the bar and enjoy it as you drift along, passing famous landmarks and quaint canal houses. Drift under brightly lit low-arching bridges and feel like you're sailing through a fairytale. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere with a small group of people. Ask questions and get recommendations for what to do during the rest of your stay in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Light Festival Private Boat Tour with Drinks

5. Amsterdam: Light Festival Private Boat Tour with Drinks

Get a special look at the highlights of ten years of the Amsterdam Light Festival on this eco-friendly electric boat tour. Be enchanted by the sparkling lights of 20 pieces of artwork and enjoy unlimited drinks along the way. Hop on board and witness the Amsterdam Light Festival’s most special, inspiring, and popular light artworks from the past nine editions during this anniversary festival with the theme of “Imagine Beyond.” Cruise along as you sip on unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks, passing some of the most beautiful light artworks of the past decade with the city of Amsterdam as the canvas.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Maritime Museum Combined Ticket

6. Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Maritime Museum Combined Ticket

The Amsterdam City Canal Cruise offers you fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals and also shows off the growing 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. You will see Amsterdam the way it really is, from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the VOC ship, the Amsterdam. Continue on to explore the National Maritime Museum and visit the East-Indian Ship located in front of the Museum. Take your time exploring the exhibits as you stroll through the museum at your own pace.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

7. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

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What people are saying about Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 586 reviews

It was really well planned out and we picked 8pm which was lovely because in the time taken on the cruise it went from dusk to night time. Beautiful sights and also very informative

Very nice experience. Huge queue, of course, so make sure to get there early and save a good spot. Bring your drinks and snacks, it's allowed.

There was just us and 1 other person on the tour so it felt personalised. super fun guide and a nice ride through Amsterdam!

Captain introduced the history of the canals and the buildings/ architectures nearby in very detail.

Definitely worth doing , especially at night, seen buildings we wouldn’t have seen .