A place with a story

The history of Marineterrein Amsterdam goes back to the 17th century, when the Eastern Islands (Kattenburg, Wittenburg and Oostenburg) were constructed. Kattenburg was employed by innovative shipbuilding, first for the Admiralty of Amsterdam, later for the Royal Netherlands Navy. Over the centuries, the Marineterrein has been a place where many innovations were born. The area behind the wall was top-secret for centuries due to its military function, but opened its gates to the public in 2015.

Marineterrein Living Lab

Innovation and experimentation are at the core of the Marineterrein's identity. Besides being a popular leisure location, Marineterrein is a place to research, experiment and test in a real-life setting. The Marineterrein living lab (MALL) is a co-innovative setting in which multiple stakeholders jointly test, develop and create metropolitan solutions.

During the Open Monument Day we will guide you through MALL, show you what experiments are live and elaborate upon the importance of experimenting in a real life setting. Join us and discover the secrets of this special part of Amsterdam.


On Saturday September 10th at 2 pm, we will give a guided Living Lab tour of several innovative projects on the site, including a visit to the Roboat warehouse. Register via Open Monument Day Amsterdam or on site!

Besides the MALL Living Lab tour, the following guided tours will be given:

  • Discover the Marineterrein, historical tour. Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Discover the Marineterrein, historical tour. Sunday, September 11 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Exhibitions and Beerdays

There is even more to do at the Marineterrein during Open Monument Day! Visit the Energy Junkies exhibition in NEMO's De Studio, view the Frayed Edge Portraits curated by Maarten van Rossem in the Portrait Gallery Studio and end the day at The Amsterdam Beerdays on the helicopter field.