2014-04-15 door Veroniek Maat

General information
Het Scheepvaartmuseum, the National Maritime Museum, shows how the Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibits allow everyone to explore 500 years of maritime history. Attractive object exhibitions show the best from the world famous collection. The museum have special exhibitions for children, two special exhibitions are: 'See you in the Golden Age' and 'The tale of the whale'. There is one exhibition for children under the age of 6: 'Sal & Lori and Circus at Sea'. Nobody is too old for the exciting ride 'Voyage at Sea'. The famous replica of the VOC ship Amsterdam is back at the quay. Het Scheepvaartmuseum has been completely renovated but still exudes history, it is a beautiful imposing and impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam.

The Scheepvaartmuseum has been renovated and is made perfectly accessible for all. The VOC ship has been made partly accessible with a wheelchair lift.

The whole museum is barrier free and has elevators. Only the entrance to the education room has a step of 14 cm. The building has a number of elevators. The North elevator is the most accessible and takes you to all levels including the basement from where you can reach to the VOC ship. The above elevator details are the North Elevator details.

On each level are accessible toilets, the toilet towards the exit is the most accessible. The details above are from this accessible toilet.

Maps of the museum are placed throughout the whole building.


Is the entrance on ground floor? no
If the entrance is not on ground level, does it have a ramp? yes
If the entrance is not on ground level, does it have a wheelchair lift? no
Does the entrance door open automatically? no
Does the entrance have a turning door? no
Does the entrance have a regular door? yes


Is the lobby spacious with a turning circle of at least 150 cm? yes
Is the whole lobby on one level without any stairs of steps? yes
Are there any obstacles in the lobby? no
Does the lobby have an adapted toilet? no
What is the height of the reception or ticket desk? 98 cm


Does the museum have an elevator? yes
What is the width of the entrance door? 90 cm
Is the turning circle to the elevator at least 150 cm? yes
Do the elevator buttons have Braille? yes
Does the elevator have a display? yes
Does the elevator have support rails? yes
Does the elevator have an alarm? yes

Exhibition room(s)

Is the exhibition room spacious enough for wheelchair users (turning circle of at least 150cm)? yes


What is the width of the entrance to the auditorium? 85 cm
Does the auditorium have space reserved for people using a wheelchair? no
Does the auditorium have a hearing loop? yes


How many adapted toilets does the museum have? 3
Do the toilets have support rails? yes
Do the toilets have an adapted sink? yes
Do the toilets have a space of at least 80 cm on one side? yes


Does the museum have wheelchairs for rent? yes
Are there any disability parking spots available within 100 meters from the museum? yes

Additional accessibility information

Is it neccesary to request accessibility services in advance? yes
Are seeing eye dogs and guide dogs allowed inside? yes
Does the museum have evacuation chairs? no

The museum also has a restaurant which is fully accessible. Guest services is situated in the lobby near the courtyard.

Group bookings need to be made beforehand.

At the entrance of the museum is one parking spot for people with disabilities. The parking spot is 5 meters long.

Source: Accessible Amsterdam.




Veroniek Maat

Eigenaar van Accessible Travel Netherlands
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