10 Maritime Museums around the world (Part I)

1.Maritime Museum Rotterdam (www.maritimemuseum.nl , http://www.deltawerken.com , http://www.cityguiderotterdam.com , http://www.rotterdam.info , http://www.artstalkmagazine.nl , http://www.dissolve.com )- The Rotterdam Maritime Museum brings the seafaring world of the past, present and the future to life. As well as its permanent collection, there are special exhibitions, events and guided tours on offer. The history of the Netherlands is covered with special attention being paid to the role of Rotterdam as a world port.
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The building is situated in the Netherlands’ oldest and largest open-air harbour museum and historic ships and cranes allow you to experience how Rotterdam’s world port began on this very spot. It was a hive of activity here right up to the latter part the 20th century: there were lots of local breweries and the saltwater fish market was the centre of the Rotterdam fish trade. The Rotterdam Blitz in 1940 destroyed all the buildings around the Leuvehaven.
The Maritime Museum building, designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist, was opened in 1986 right in the heart of the city’s Leuvehaven. The design includes references to shipbuilding such as steel stairs and dock cranes.
There are special rates for groups of 15 and more. Guided tours of the museum and/or of the Leuvehaven are available in Dutch, English, French and German and given by experienced experts from the maritime world. In July and August, the museum organises water bus tours of the Leuvehaven and surrounding inner-city harbours.
The museum has a restaurant and gift shop.

The Rotterdam Maritime Museum is in the Leuvehaven in the Waterfront area where there is a jetty for water taxis. Beurs metro station where various tram lines also stop is just one minute’s walk away. The Beursplein parking garage is about two minutes away.
Address & Contact
• Leuvehaven 1
• Google maps
• E-mail: sales@maritiemmuseum.nl
• Phone: 010 402 9264

2.National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (Dutch: Het Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam), http://www.hetscheepvaartmuseum.com, http://www.amsterdam.info , http://www.amsterdamtips.com , http://www.unsplash.com -The collection of The National Maritime Museum is one of the largest and most notable maritime collections in the world with approximately 400000 objects. First of the big Amsterdam museums to open after their drawn out renovation – reconstructed and modernized in 2011, The Amsterdam National Maritime Museum, is located a bit off Amsterdam center, near the city old harbor. A huge historical building of s’Lands Zeemagazijn – the main land store of the Amsterdam Admiralty, which has been used until 1973 by the Dutch Navy, became the modern multimedia museum with a rich 60000 volumes maritime library, as well as restaurant and a museum shop.
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Building and the ship
The Amsterdam maritime museum building dates from 1656, it was designed by Daniël Stalpaert and at the time it was an architecture wonder. To construct it on the artificial island created in the Amsterdam harbor, 1800 wooden piles had to be sunk deep into the muddy ground. It is here, that the war ships of the Dutch Republic were equipped.
During the recent renovation, a vast space of the building inner courtyard has been covered by a glass roofing, creating a pleasant space for the visitors. In the evening hundred of tiny LED lights placed between shields of glass give an impression of the starry sky.

The replica of the three masted “Amsterdam”, a large vessel of the Dutch East India Company, which in its maiden journey to Batavia sank in a storm in the English Channel in winter of 1749, stands high above the waters of Ij Bay, directly at the Amsterdam maritime museum quay. The wreck of the ship has been discovered off the English coast in 1969, and the museum replica has been completed in 1990. Visiting the ship, you may see how small and primitive spaces were to house 350 people during the ship’s journey, with more comfortable but equally minute quarters for the ship’s captain and officers. If you like boats there is also a large upcoming event about historical sail ships called Amsterdam SAIL.

Maritime Museum tickets
Enjoy the maritime museum buying your tickets online to avoid waiting lines.
Adults: €16
Children of age 4 – 17: €8
Children age up to 4: free
• 20% discount with Amsterdam City Pass

You must keep your ticket to enter different parts of the maritime museum in Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam Maritime museum as well as the ship have been prepared to receive handicapped visitors. Wheelchairs are available and there are lifts to upper floors. Special parking places for the handicapped are located at the main entry.
The museum restaurant “Stalpaert” and the museum shop “Het Pakhuis” are accessible to everybody during the museum opening hours, without an admission fee.
Maritime Museum exhibits
Het Scheepvaartmuseum has a rich and colorful collection of maritime artifacts and it takes hours just to walk through its show. The collection has been divided into several smaller exhibits on diverse themes. Just to list the most important – ‘See You in the Golden Age’, ‘Port 24/7’, ‘Voyage at Sea’, ‘The Ship Decorations’, ‘The Navigational Instruments’ and the themes addressed to kids from age of 6 – ‘The Tale of the Whale’, ‘My Expo’ and ‘Sal and Yori and Circus Sea’.
Visiting the Maritime Museum
This playful and colorful museum is an example of the 21st C. exhibition means – multimedia, attraction park elements, video games and plays for children. It all serves passing on national history and traditions to a younger generation. For a foreign visitor (the museum’s info is in Dutch and English), the show offers a unique way to understanding history of the Netherlands and its people. This is probably the best of Amsterdam museums at the moment. Do not miss it, especially if you are visiting Amsterdam with kids.
Maritime Museum opening times
Daily: 9 am – 5 pm
Closed only on January 1, December 25 and April 27.

How to get to Maritime Museum
Walking: from Central Station walk along the Ij Bay along Prins Hendrikkade. You will see the old VOC – Far East Company sailing ship replica on your left. The museum is located just at the ship – 15 minutes walk.
Public transport: from the Central Station – busses line 22 direction Indische Buurt, and 48 directions Borneo Eiland stop in front of the St. Nicolaas Church, left from the station. Exit after two stops, at Kadijksplein. The museum is to your left.
By car: from the Amsterdam ring A10 take an exit S116. Ride through the Ij tunnel, take right and make a U-turn to return to the museum.
Park your car before reaching the Amsterdam maritime museum turning to your right, in the Kadijksplein area. Other parking possibilities are P+R car park
Markenhoven and Parkeergarage Oosterdok – Oosterdok 3, 1011 AD Amsterdam; €1.50 for each 20 minutes.

National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam
Kattenburgerplein 1
1018 KK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

3. New York Maritime Museums ( http://www.maritimemuseums.net, http://www.iloveny.com , http://www.sunnymaritime.edu, http://www.hrmm.org , http://www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org , http://www.nyctourist.com )
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a maritime museum dedicated to the Hudson River.
It is located at 50 Rondout Landing at the foot of Broadway in Kingston, New York, United States, along Rondout Creek in the city’s old waterfront, just east of the John T. Loughran Bridge.
Its collections are devoted to the history of shipping, boating and industry on the Hudson and its tributaries, such as the Rondout, where Kingston grew prosperous early in the 19th century as the northern end of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The city was the busiest port between New York City and Albany.
The museum was founded in 1980 by local Hudson River enthusiasts, but did not move to its present property, an old boat shop, until 1983. Its exhibits include various small craft, artifacts of river steamships such as the Mary Powell, a research library, ice-harvesting tools and maps, paintings and sketches from past eras. The 1898 steam tugboat Mathilda is displayed in the yard next to the museum. In the summer months boat trips are available to nearby Rondout Lighthouse, where the creek drains into the Hudson. Boats putting in at the dock range from privately owned pleasure craft to oceangoing cruise liners. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has its winter home port here and visits frequently as do many historic reproduction vessels such as the Onrust and the Half Moon. As well as having the ability to accommodate deep draft vessels at their docks the museum provides free docking for canoes and kayaks.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is home to the Kingston High School Crew Team, the Rondout Rowing Club and the Kingston Sailing Club. The museum is a membership supported organization and sponsors festivals and events including the Antique and Classic Boat Society Boat Show, Hudson River Days with music, crafts and displays, the “Follow the River” Lecture Series, Cinema Sundays and Family Days.

It is open 11 am until 5 pm. Seven days a week from May 1 to October 31. Admission is US$7 for adults and US$5 for children and seniors, or US$20 for a family of two adults and any children under 18. Special tours for groups are available. There is a gift shop which features books pertaining to Kingston and the Hudson Valley as well as the maritime history of the Hudson.


4.Maritime Museum Oslo (www.marmuseum.no, http://www.visitoslo.com, http://www.tripdadvisor.com , http://www.khm.uio.no,
National museum of Norwegian maritime history from the Viking Age to the present. The Museum has six exhibits partitioned over four decks. Our exhibits include a wide array of maritime topics, such as the technical conventions of sea transport in “The ship,” the life and destiny of sailors at sea through history in “At sea!” and our interactive experience centre in “Norway is the sea.” Visit our gallery with maritime art with pieces by famous artists such as Christian Krohg, Hans Gude and Axel Revold. Maritime paintings such as these have long held an important role in the Norwegian art community. A selection of the museum’s unique collection of Norwegian traditional boats is exhibited in the central hall. Do not miss out on our exhibition for kids “Voyages with the Chief an Sally Jones” located on the top deck. Fjord cafe and museum shop.
Address: Bygdoeynesveien 37, Oslo 0286, Norway
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Working hours: 10.00 AM -5.00 PM

5.Maritime Museum Stockholm (www.sjohistoriska.se, http://www.visitstockholm.com , http://www.marinmuseum.se, http://www.vasamuseet.se , http://www.stockholmpass.com,
The Maritime Museum (Swedish: Sjöhistoriska museet) in Stockholm, Sweden is a museum for naval history, merchant shipping and shipbuilding. Interesting for children and adults. It’s near other museums, so that you can visit for a while and then go to other museums, if you’d like to. You don’t have to be a boat/ship fanatic to enjoy this museum.
The entrance is free!

The restaurant is nice and similar to restaurants in other museums in Stockholm. The ship models in this museum are rather large like 6-8 feet long. It is amazing how much detail you can really see withodels this big. A similar museum in Amsterdam had much smaller models. Sankt Erik is Sweden’s first seafaring icebreaker. Built Finnboda shipyard and was launched in 1915. Was removed from service in 1977 and has been a museum ship since 1980. Very interesting ship to see.
Address: 24 Djurgaardsbrunnsvaegen, Stockholm 115 27, Sweden,
Working hours: 10.00 AM-5.00 PM

6.Maritime Museum Melbourne (www.mmv.com.au , http://www.onlymelbourne.com , http://www.seamuseum.com, http://www.gpsmycity.com , http://www.experienceoz.com.au )
The Melbourne Maritime Museum is home of the Polly Woodside, one of only two original 19th century sailing ships in Australia. The three-mast barque was built in Belfast, Ireland in 1885 and was put to work transporting nitrate, coal and wheat between England and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Melbourne Maritime Museum is now operated by the National Trust and the site is better known simply as Polly Woodside following renovations and re-opening. It is located at the South Wharf on the Yarra River in an original late 19th century dry dock. In 1904 the Polly Woodside was bought by a New Zealand company and operated between New Zealand and Australia. In 1968 she was sold to the National Trust for restoration for the grand sum of one cent.
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When you step aboard the Polly Woodside you will be initiated into the world of 19th century seafaring. When you are not assisting the captain look after his ship, you will learn about the history of the great ship through the interactive displays, videos, photos and artefacts on display. The experience of learning about life as a sailor on board the Polly Woodside is memorable for adults and children alike. The Melbourne Maritime Museum – Polly Woodside is open every day from 9:30am to 5:00pm, closed only on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

7.Maritime Museum San Diego (www.sdmaritime.org )
Maritime Museum of San Diego is collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage connections with the Pacific world. The Maritime Museum of San Diego, established in 1948, preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States. Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission to the “Maritime Museum of San Diego” grants you access to one of the world’s finest collections of historic sea vessels. Once on board our museum ships, you will find that we offer something for people of all ages.
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You not only get to explore our ships and submarines, the museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on art, maritime history, commerce and exploration. We also offer guided tours and host family friendly events regularly. Historic bay cruises run daily and can be added on to the price of admission for an extra nominal fee. There is no better way to spend the day than on the bay!

8.Maritime Museum in London (www.rmg.co.uk , http://www.visitlondon.com )
The National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Greenwich, London, is a maritime museum in London. The historic buildings form part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and it also incorporates the Royal Observatory and 17th-century Queen’s House. In 2012, Her Majesty the Queen formally approved Royal Museums Greenwich as the new overall title for the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and the Cutty Sark. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Like other publicly funded national museums in the United Kingdom, the National Maritime Museum does not levy an admission charge, although most temporary exhibitions do incur admission charges.
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Experience the world’s largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and endeavour at sea and packed to the gunwales with intriguing objects and fascinating galleries. See the uniform Nelson wore at the Battle of Trafalgar, steer a ship into port and fire at pesky pirates.
Working Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours

9.Maritime Museum Savannah (www.savannah.com , http://www.savannahinternationalairport.com )
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Founded in 1966, exhibits ship models, paintings and maritime antiques. Includes collection details and visitor information. Located in Savannah, Georgia.

They have a nice property and gardens too. Not a museum that would take a long time, but anyone who has interest in architecture or of ships would find it interesting.

10. Maritime Museum Roskilde (https://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/en/, http://www.visitroskilde.com )
Welcome to the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde (Denmark)
Feel the presence of history when you stand before the five original Viking ships that bear witness to war, trade and sea voyages to distant places.
The Viking Ship Museum focuses on the Vikings’ maritime craftsmanship and their impressive ships.
Follow the work in the Boatyard, visit our large boat collection in the Museum Harbour and try your hand at Viking crafts.
From 1st May to 30th September, you can sail out on Roskilde Fjord every day and experience what it was like to be a Viking on board one of the Viking Ship Museum’s traditional Nordic boats, which are the direct descendents of Viking ships.
The Viking Ship Museum (Danish: Vikingeskibsmuseet) in Roskilde is Denmark’s national museum for ships, seafaring and boatbuilding in the prehistoric and medieval period.

The main focus of the museum is a permanent exhibition of five original Viking ships excavated nearby in 1962. The Viking Ship Museum also conducts research and educates researchers in the fields of maritime history, marine archaeology and experimental archaeology. Various academic conferences are held here and there is a research library in association with the museum.
Warships await you at the Viking Ship Museum. Don’t worry, they won’t open fire. This museum is dedicated to education about boat building, archaeology and Viking life. It’s a favorite among kids, and visitors of all ages can take to the water in traditional vessels. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week, until 5 p.m. in summer months.

Working Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours

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