The National Lifeboat Museum Dorus Rijkers

The National Lifeboat Museum Dorus Rijkers is open!

The National Lifeboat Museum Dorus Rijkers is located in the old engine workshop of the historic Naval Dockyard ‘Willemsoord’ in Den Helder. Much of the old engine workshop is still visible throughout the museum today. The museum may look deceptively small from the outside, but inside is filled with pictures, film, stories, model boats and much more related to the history of the Dutch lifeboats and the stories of the men who manned them.

There is plenty to entertain our younger visitors too: Try the heroes’ game and see if you are ready to join the lifeboat crew; feel the force of a force 10 gale in de wind turbine; experience rough seas on the lifeboat simulator; all things a real lifeboat crew cab experience every day when rescuing crew at sea.

Measures against the corona virus

On May 6, the Dutch Government announced that museums may open again on June 1st under certain conditions. The National Lifeboat Museum Dorus Rijkers is very pleased and will open its doors to the public again from Monday 1st June. The museum was closed for over 2 months due to government measures against the corona virus. With the opening on June 1st, we hope to receive many visitors again.

Safety precautions

The National Lifeboat Museum does its utmost best to ensure a safe and relaxed visit for all visitors. We follow the guidelines of the Dutch Government, the Museum Association and the advice of RIVM. This means, among other things, that the museum will work with a fixed walking route and start times per visitor, also known as time slots. The National Lifeboat Museum Dorus Rijkers does its utmost best to ensure a safe and relaxed visit for its visitors.

Reserve time slots

Due to the easing corona measures, an online ticket with a time slot is no longer required for a visit to the Rescue Museum. However, we will continue to use time slots. With this we ensure a good and quiet flow of visitors. So you can buy a ticket again at the counter. However, if it gets too busy to guarantee the 1.5 meter measures, visitors with a time slot will go ahead and visitors without a time slot may have to wait for a while.

People from the same household can currently reserve one time slot together. Reserving time slots also applies to Museum year card holders and people with a combination card or a KNRM donor pass. They can indicate which pass they own when booking a time slot. The combination entry ticket with the Navy Museum in Den Helder therefore remains valid. However, they must show their card at the ticket check. New combination entry tickets are not available in June. As soon as these tickets are available again, it will be displayed on the websites of both museums.

Do you already want to make a reservation for a visit? Then go to online tickets and reserve your desired time!

Museum visit

To what extent do the measures influence your visit to the museum. What exactly changes?

  • Upon arrival, you must clean your hands with the disinfectant soap provided for this purpose;
  • Visitors follow a set walking route through the museum. This route is indicated by arrows on the floor;
  • Only our wind tunnel is not in use;
  • The audio tour is normally available and is cleaned after use;
  • There are no sailing trips with lifeboat Johan de Witt;
  • Boat trips with the museum ships cannot be booked yet.
  • The main entrance is no longer the exit. Visitors leave the museum via another exit;
  • There are volunteers who regularly clean certain areas of the museum extra;
  • The toilet in the museum is open to the public, there is also a toilet for the disabled.
  • Only less mobile people can use the lift;
  • Coats and bags must be brought by visitors into the museum or left in their car.

Despite these measures, the volunteers and employees of the National Lifeboat Museum provide a unique experience where visitors are taken into the exciting story of the rescue system in the Netherlands and the rescuers of the past and present.

Do you have any questions? Check our frequently asked questions page and if your question is not listed, please email or call 0223-618320.

Opening hours

Every Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Open on Mondays during Dutch school holidays.
  • December 25th, January 1st and April 27th closed.

Entrance fee

  • Adults: € 8,75
  • Children 4-17 years: € 6,75
  • Children under 4 years: free
  • Family (max. 5 persons): € 28,50
  • Combination card with the Dutch navy museum: € 15,-
  • Combination card with the Dutch navy museum: € 10,-
  • Dutch Museum Card "Museumjaarkaart": free
  • Boattrip with Johan de Witt (from April 1st - November 1st): € 3,50

Price changes reserved