Amsterdam is well known for its exceptional artistic heritage where museums are the top places that crown its legacy. Amsterdam, Netherlands is known to be the home to world-popular museums. Some of these museums include the Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Stedelijk, and many more.
Whether your interest is in paintings, modern art, theatre or photography, every Amsterdam museum provides varieties of interests. Also, there are not only museums for adults’ tastes but for kids too. Among the most famous museums for children is the NEMO science museum.
A visit to the museums will only make your Amsterdam trip a memorable one. A sure way to simplify your museums’ visit is to have an Amsterdam museum card which enables you to visit over 400 museums. Here are the top Amsterdam museums you can visit.
Van Gogh Museum
It is an art museum that mainly features Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and those of his peers. Van Gogh museum is situated in various locations but the main one is at Museum Square south of Amsterdam. It’s largest collection is Van Gogh’s work.
Most of its exhibits are about everyday life like the jangling lives of peasants. You’ll also find society themes like a badminton match. The artwork at the museum unfolds Vincent’s development. His landscapes and self-portraits tell it all.
The museum has been refurbished over the years since its inception in 1973 to present a cutting-edge exhibition. Recently, it has a modern and attractive entrance, big enough for many visitors.
If you are a lover of paintings, Van Gogh museum should be your choice. It holds numberless wall paintings. It’s also a research facility for learners. It provides in-depth knowledge about Van Gogh’s life. Kids too have their share of art workshops.
It opens daily from 9.00 to 18.00 and on Friday it extends to 21.00.
Stedelijk Amsterdam Museum
Stedelijk Museum is known for its highly modern art compared to other museums in the whole world. It stands as the most innovative and attractive museum, thanks to its eight years of renovation.
This museum which the dutch call municipal museum is located at Museumplein. It neighbors Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. The initial structure was the initiative of Adriaan Willem Weissmanin 19th century but the current construction was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects.
The collection at Stejksmuseum broadly features the work of Vincent Van Gogh among other artists. There are about 90,000 objects collected since 1874. They represent every aspect of art blueprint of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
The museum is conducive for all types of people including the handicapped. The museum restaurant, lunchroom, and gadgets shop will fully complement your visit. You can visit Stejksmuseum at any time of the year from 10.00 to 18.00. But on Friday it extends to 22.00.
Rijksmuseum In Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Amsterdam Museum Rijksmuseum started as a simple national art gallery during the 1800s. Rijksmuseum is a dutch name which means the ‘State Museum’. Apparently, it’s the largest museum in the Netherlands. It dedicates to the art and history of Amsterdam.
The collections in the museum exhibit the history of Holland from as early as the 5th Century. The masterpieces here include Frans Halls, the famous ‘Night Watch’ by Rembrandt among others. There are about 8,000 objects of art and history.
You’ve also got to see their Asian collection in the Asian pavilion. If the displays don’t quench your thirst for Holland history, there is the Rijksmuseum Research Library. It is the largest public art history library in the Netherlands.
After your long day’s visit, you can rest at RIJKS restaurant for cuisine nourishment. It’s a convenient place for a family holiday. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam opens its doors at 9.00 and closes at 17.00.
Ann Frank House Museum
The Ann Frank museum Amsterdam started in 1960. It’s dedicated to a Jewish popular resident Ann Frank who lived here with her family to hide from World War II. The house is today a museum to exhibit Jewish persecution during the war.
Just to plunge a little into the history, Ann lived here with family and four other friends. They hid from Nazi persecution. During this time, the building was known as the ‘Secret Annex’.
The museum, therefore, exhibits an emotional experience. It unveils the atmosphere of that spell of hiding. Many visitors like to come here and walk along the canals to get a touch of the hiding experience.
You’ll sadly learn that Ann didn’t survive the war, but had her diary published. You can pay the Anne Frank Museum a visit any day from 9.00 to 22.00.
Hermitage Amsterdam Museum
Hermitage Amsterdam is a branch of the well-known St. Petersburg Hermitage museum in Russia. The museum started with small exhibitions in 2004 but the current main museum opened doors in 2009. It’s the former Amstelhof building that houses the 12,846m2 Hermitage museum.
Located right next to the Amstel river, the museum comprises two large exhibition halls, small exhibition rooms, other offices, and a restaurant. Additionally, it’s the biggest satellite of the Hermitage museum and fulfillment of the museum’s goal to accommodate many people.
The Hermitage Museum’s exhibits display several Flemish arts and a bit of Romanov history. It’s therefore, mainly dutch art and history. There are two majors stories you can learn from this museum. The Netherlands and Russia relations, and Amstelhof building. The museum collections are the work of a renown Icon, Alexander the Great.
Are you feeling compelled to visit this museum? It operates daily from 10.00 to 17.00.
Nemo Science Museum
Nemo Science museum dedicates to impact science and technology knowledge to everyone including the young. It engages the public in an informal and interactive learning environment. You are able to visualize adequately how science influences everyday life.
Located at Amsterdam-Centrum borough, the museum carries five floors of science exhibitions. This makes it the largest science expo in the Netherlands. It started in 1923 as the ‘Museum van den Arbeid’. Also, it has changed into several names before settling for the ‘Nemo Science Museum’ name in 2016.
Things you learn here include how to generate energy from sources like water, wind, and light. You get a personal experience with science at all angles. Other facilities include a restaurant and cafe. The famous museum is opened Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.30. It opens on Monday during dutch school holidays and April to August.
Amsterdam Museum Van Loon
The museum was the former residence of a wealthy Van Loon family who lived here since 1884. It is situated in the Canalside House near Keizersgracht, Amsterdam.
You may be wondering, “What’s interesting about somebody’s former house?”. Well, it displays the interior design of an elegant house during the mid-18th Century. The house is a collection of porcelain, silverware and lavish furniture.
The paintings and photographs also depict the Van Loon family’s position. Their prominent position was ennobled by King William during the 19th Century. In the basement, you will find servants’ rooms completely in contrast with rooms on the top floors.
The kitchen, the gardens, reception rooms, and others make you learn the inside life of a dutch. The museum opens daily from 10.00 to 17.00 except on 1st January, 25th December, and 27th April.
Rembrandt House Museum
Visit this historic house and art museum in the Jodenbreestraat, Amsterdam. Rembrandt, a painter and the former resident of this house lived in it from 1639 to 1656. Though Rembrandt went bankrupt and left the house, it was refurbished to reflect the painter’s art experience.
The museum also exhibits Rembrandt etchings and works by contemporaries, teachers, and pupils included. It’s a complete display of Rembrandt’s artistic craft. Those interested to learn about a famous painter’s life, this museum is an interesting parcel.
Here, you can visit any day from 10.00 to 18.00. Anyone 6 years old and above can tour this museum.
At the center of Amsterdam city is the Moco Museum which exhibits modern and contemporary art. Its initial mission was to attract the young generation but eventually became a big art attraction for all.
The artwork here feature artists such as Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Roy Lichtenstein. Their art portrays a lot of irony towards modern society. Visitors find immense inspiration in them and this earns the artists a great honor.
At the Banksy exhibition, you’ll find legendary street pieces and indoor works. You can’t resist noticing his enormous ‘Beanfield Painting’ on the ground floor. His counterparts’ exhibitions are also full of life. Their collections include sports, pop culture objects and films.
The Amsterdam Museum of Bags and Purses
This museum is the most unique in the world. It holds the largest collection of handbags that date back to the 16th century. The museum of bags and purses is on the Herengracht canal near Rembrandtplein.
It‘s outright that the museum is a major attraction for ladies. The collection of the bags started with Hendrikje Ivo and her husband Heinz. They began with an exhibition of 3000 bags inside their house.
Also, over the years, the collection increased with time. Also, a donor has offered a building which is the present Museum of Bags and Purses. If you are a fan of purses, make a stopover at this museum. You’ll learn the history and development of this must-have item.
Visit to see handbags of great Icons like Margaret Thatcher. The museum opens daily 10.00 to 17.00 hrs.