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The National Lifeboat Museum Dorus Rijkers

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.

Do you already want to make a reservation for a visit? Then go to online tickets and order your ticket!

New coronavirus restriction

The government has announced new corona measures that affect visits to museums. These measures also apply to the Dorus Rijkers National Rescue Museum. Fortunately, we can stay open and a visit to our museum is still a safe, fun and interesting experience.

Terms and conditions


Opening hours

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

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


Entrance fee

  • Adults: € 11,00
  • Children 4-17 years: € 7,00
  • Children under 4 years: free
  • Family (max. 5 persons): € 35,00
  • Adults combination card with the Dutch navy museum: € 18,00,-
  • Children combination card with the Dutch navy museum: € 12,00,-
  • Dutch Museum Card Museumjaarkaart: free
  • Boat trip with Johan de Witt (from April 1st - November 1st): € 4,50

Price changes reserved



Daily boattrips with the historical lifeboat Johan de Witt from 1 April till 1 November between 1 and 4 PM. Costs € 3,50 per person. 

Make your reservation at the counter in the museum.