The Amsterdam is a specially-constructed replica of the original 3 masted ship operated by the Dutch East India company (VOC). Sadly, the original only lasted a year from its launch in 1748 but this replica enables you to experience what it would have been like to sail on her. It’s a must for fans of films like “Pirates of the Caribbean”, as you get to explore the full ship.
The original Amsterdam was wrecked off the coast of the UK in January 1749 and when tides are low the wreck can still be seen. This replica was built between 1985 and 1990 by an army of volunteers using traditional methods. It is however not an exact replica and if you visit, you’ll notice that some of the quarters are tiny to make more room for the more visited parts of the ship. If you have children, your visit will no doubt take you longer as thye explore every inch of the ship, but without children we’d recommend you allow around an hour. The ship can be seen from Central Station and there are walkways to get you through the harbour to the Amsterdam.
The VOC Amsterdam is part of the National Maritime Museum. Both are open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Adult Admission for the museum, including the Amsterdam VOC, is 15 Euros per person (2015 prices).
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: The Amsterdam VOC, National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum), Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0) 20 52 32 222
MORE ON THE AMSTERDAM VOC
The Amsterdam VOC – Wikipedia
Maritime Museum – Official website
Hotels in Central Amsterdam – Hotels.com