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The museum ship De Buffel is less accessible for people with physical limitations due to: stairs that connect the different decks. Only the upper deck is wheelchair friendly.

Museum ship the Buffel is a unique piece of maritime cultural heritage. After serving as a ram tower ship for the Dutch Navy, the ship, built in 1868, was converted and put into use as a lodging and training ship for naval personnel in Hellevoetsluis after 28 years. On board an exhibition shows the more than 150 years of history of the ship. The unique maritime value is reflected in the imaginative decoration of the ship. With its characteristic furnishings and special collection of recognizable nautical objects, it is not difficult to imagine yourself back in the naval days of Hellevoetsluis.

Opening hours

De Buffel will be closed on Saturday September 21 due to a party.


Every weekend

May holiday | Wed to Sun 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 May

1st day of Pentecost | Sunday May 19

2nd Pentecost | Monday May 20

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Fortress code Saturday, June 1

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Entrance fees
Type Cost
Museum card



€ 9,00

Child up to 4 years


Child 4 to 12 years old

€ 4,50

Family 2 adults 2 children

€ 22,00

Family 2 adults 3 children

€ 26,00

Family 2 adults 4 to 6 children

€ 29,50

65+ per person
ID required

€ 7,00

Unknown Heroes Veterans Pass


Address and accessibility


Koningskade 2
3221 CC Hellevoetsluis


There is free parking nearby.

Food and drink
In the summer months, the upper deck is furnished as a terrace where visitors to the ship can enjoy numerous refreshments. In winter the baking space is available for this.

Groups, schools, youth associations & children

Do you want to visit the museum with a larger group, a school, youth club or children’s party? De Buffalo makes it a perfect day.


The Buffel is a special ship that is moored at a historic location. In addition to the museum, it is also very suitable for getting married in front of the municipal registrar. If desired, the wedding party can also take place at the Buffel. The ship is also available for (family) parties. It is also possible to have a lunch/or dinner or meetings on board.

The BUFFEL is located in the middle of a maritime environment

Three other attractions are within a short walk of the BUFFEL:


(Fortresse Holland) This 18th century dry dock is still in use.

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This last Dutch lightship guided ships in the North Sea from 1963 to 1994.

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Minesweeper BERNISSE

This special wooden naval ship, built in 1953, is part of the Royal Navy’s Sailing Heritage fleet.

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Visiting conditions

Visiting conditions apply to the Museum Ramtorenschip Buffel.

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