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Museum Guide for Amsterdam

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In Amsterdam, you will find over 50 museums that cater to all sorts of interests. While many have likely heard of the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, there are many lesser-known museums that will surprise you and take your breath away.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Rijksmuseum

Art Museums

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Van Gogh Museum

History Museums, Art Museums

Jewish Historical Museum

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)

Historic Sites, Art Museums

Tropenmuseum

History Museums

The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)

History Museums

EYE Film Institute Netherlands

Speciality Museums

Anne Frank House

Historic Sites, History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums

NEMO Science Museum

Science Museums, Children's Museums

Royal Palace Amsterdam

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Kim H's City Tips

  • If you are planning on visiting many museums, consider buying a Holland Pass, which will cut your costs down significantly.
  • You can buy your entrance tickets online on the websites of many museums. Then upon arrival, you can often enter immediately, without waiting in line.
  • The city center is best seen on foot. If you need to travel a bit further, the public transportation system of metros, trams, trains and buses will take you anywhere.
  • Rijksmuseum
    Art Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    After a 10 year renovation, the majestic Rijksmuseum opened its doors again in 2013. The museum focuses on history and art, and its impressive collection includes many masterpieces by painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You could spend days wandering around this magnificent museum, so make sure you plan in enough time.
    • Take a look at the museum map to make sure you have seen all the famous masterpieces.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing! 15/12/2018
    • The Museum is a Museum 15/12/2018
    • Rijksmuseum
    Address:
    Museumstraat 1
    1071 XX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 674 7000
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$17
    Other:
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    The Stedelijk Museum first opened its doors in 1895, as a museum of antiques, and was mostly visited by members of the bourgeoisie. Nowadays, the museum’s main focus is modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Here you get to admire the work of some of the greatest international artists, such as Vincent van Gogh and Jackson Pollock.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum offers many special events. Check the events calendar on the museum’s website before visiting.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Simply the Best 12/12/2018
    • A Must 11/12/2018
    • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Address:
    Museumplein 10
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 573 2911
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$22
    Hours:
    Fri
    10:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Van Gogh Museum
    History Museums, Art Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    The Van Gogh Museum features the world’s largest collection of works by post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Some of the highlights include the masterpieces 'Sunflowers' and 'The Potato Eaters.' Additionally, you get to discover what inspired Van Gogh in his art through an interesting exposition about his life, which is sure to put his works into a whole new light.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Be sure to take a peek on the third floor, where you can find the works of famous impressionists like Pissarro and Monet.
    • Buy your tickets online, and avoid the queue by entering through the priority line.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Interesting! 15/12/2018
    • Artists in life 15/12/2018
    • Van Gogh Museum
    Address:
    Museumplein 6
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 570 5200
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$23
    Hours:
    Fri
    09:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Thu
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Jewish Historical Museum
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    Amsterdam has always been home to a large Jewish population, historically residing in the Jewish quarter. In this museum you can learn about Jewish traditions, religion and history worldwide through permanent and temporary exhibits. A truly interesting and educational experience!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Visit the impressive Portuguese synagogue across the street.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Intresting 09/12/2018
    • Very interesting 02/12/2018
    • Jewish Historical Museum
    Address:
    Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
    1011 PL Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 531 0310
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
    Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    Step back in time when you visit the historical house where portrait painter Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658. It's an interesting and interactive visit: next to the 17th century furniture pieces and Rembrandt’s art, you can learn to etch Rembrandt-style in a complimentary workshop!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Go to the top floor: here you can find more interesting rooms, where the works of other artists — some of Rembrandt's own students — are displayed.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An Interesting Hour Or So... 13/12/2018
    • Like works of Rembrandt? Go see 11/12/2018
    • Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
    Address:
    Jodenbreestraat 4
    1011 NK Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 520 0400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Tropenmuseum
    History Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    Interested in learning more about non-western cultures? Visit the Tropenmuseum! As one of the largest museums in Amsterdam, it offers a large variety of unique ethnographic exhibits from all over the world. The museum has eight permanent displays, but also offers interesting temporary ones.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum is quite large, so take your time!
    • Want to learn more? The staff are very friendly and passionate about their work, and love to offer more information about the exhibits. Just ask!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Made me think..... 06/12/2018
    • Very interesting interactive exhibition 03/12/2018
    • Tropenmuseum
    Address:
    Linnaeusstraat 2
    1092 CK Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 568 8200
    Other:
  • The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)
    History Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    The Resistance Movement in the Netherlands saved many lives and contributed greatly to the liberation of the country during WWII. The Verzetsmuseum offers a unique insight into the covert operations of the Resistance Movement, and the history of WWII, through authentic artifacts and documentaries among other exhibits. It's a great place to learn about WWII in the Netherlands.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays.
    • The museum is not suitable for young children.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Made us feel like a VIP’s 15/12/2018
    • pairs nicely with Anne Frank 11/12/2018
    • The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)
    Address:
    Plantage Kerklaan 61a
    1018 CX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 6 14394654
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Mon
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • EYE Film Institute Netherlands
    Speciality Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    Housed in a beautifully designed modern building, with a stunning view of the IJ lake, the EYE Film Institute aims to preserve both Dutch and International films, photos and posters. The museum offers a cinematographic experience which will truly blow your mind.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit one of the digital booths, where you can pick out one of the classics to watch.
    • Grab a bite to eat in the EYE’s restaurant, and enjoy the stunning view over the IJ lake.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Intriguing stuff worth seeing 10/12/2018
    • Great place 09/12/2018
    • EYE Film Institute Netherlands
    Address:
    IJpromenade 1
    Museum Quarter
    1031 KT Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 589 1400
    Other:
  • Anne Frank House
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    Anne Frank, known for the diaries she wrote while hiding from the Nazis during WWII, went into hiding with her family in this 17th century canal house when the Netherlands were occupied. She and her family managed to hide here for over 2 years before they were arrested and deported to concentration camps. After the discovery of Anne's diaries, the house was turned into a museum, which tells the story of Anne and her family through an exhibit of historical documents and documentaries. A must see when in Amsterdam!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Plan your visit late in the afternoon to avoid long waiting times.
    • Book a combination ticket for the Anne Frank House and a Canal Cruise, which will take you through the historical canals of Amsterdam.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Anne Frank 15/12/2018
    • Reduced to silence 15/12/2018
    • Anne Frank House
    Address:
    Prinsengracht 263-267
    Museum entrance Westermarkt 20
    1016 GV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 556 7105
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    09:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • NEMO Science Museum
    Science Museums, Children's Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    This museum of technology and science is great for the whole family. Housed in a green building shaped like a giant ship, the museum consists of four floors, each with a differently themed exhibit. NEMO's philosophy 'Discover the world for yourself' highlights the interactive and educational character that you'll find at this museum.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Have a drink in the roof top café and enjoy the magnificent view.
    • Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ideal for the younger ones - 5-10yrs 11/12/2018
    • Great science museum for children and parents 11/12/2018
    • NEMO Science Museum
    Address:
    Oosterdok 2
    1011 VX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 531 3233
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Royal Palace Amsterdam
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Kim H Says:

    Built in the 17th century as the city hall, the Royal Palace was soon turned into a residence for Louis Napoleon (Napoleon's brother), and when the French Empire came to an and, it remained a palace. Nowadays, the palace — that is situated on Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam — is open to visitors. Not only can you admire the beautiful architecture of this impressive building, but it also houses many exhibits that highlight the rich, centuries-old history of the city.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • While it's open to the public for most of the year, the palace is closed during state functions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 595 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Interior Rooms and Paintings 12/12/2018
    • Incredible Place in the Center of Amsterdam 10/12/2018
    • Royal Palace Amsterdam
    Address:
    Dam
    1012 RJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 522 6161
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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