Amsterdam has over fifty museums ranging from the conventional to the bizarre. Even if you’re not normally a museum buff, you’re bound to find something to your taste. Many small, specialist museums can be found hidden in the back streets. Below are some of the most popular museums you can visit in Amsterdam. Museums in Amsterdam are one of the main tourist attractions. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk are the most popular choices, but there are numerous other museums.
Amsterdam Museums Travel Guide
Amsterdam has over fifty, attracting millions of visitors every year. Alongside the majestic paintings, you can find modern art, press, film, theatre and photography museums as well as the Heineken Experience, the Ajax Museum and the Houseboat Museum. The other side of Amsterdam is shown by the Sex, Erotic, Hash and Torture museums.
The three major Museums in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk and the Van Gogh are situated around the Museumplein. The larger museums can take many hours to explore and it can be worth buying a guide before beginning your tour. The one museum no-one misses in Amstwerdam is Anne Frank’s House, the home of the young Jewish girl made famous by her diaries. It’s very popular, so you need to be prepared for a long queue during the summer months.
There are many other museums, too many to list here. Interesting ones include:
Jan Luijkenstraat 1. Telephone – +31 20-6747000. Hours:10:00-18:00
This is a large museum containing paintings by some of the Netherlands’ great 17th century painters. The Nightwatch by Rembrandt is their prize piece. Admission €9 (under 19s free).
2nd and 3rd floor of the Post-CS Building, Oosterdokskade 5. Telephone – +31 20 5732911. Hours: 10:00-18:00.
The Stedelijk holds a large collection of modern art dating from around 1880. Admission about €10.
3. Van Gogh
Paulus Potterstraat 7. Telephone – +31 20 570 52 00. Hours:10:00-18:00 (Friday 22:00)
A museum deciated to Van Gogh and his contemporaries.
4. Rembrandt’s House
Jodenbreestraat 4 (Waterlooplein). Telephone – +31 20 5200 400. Hours: 10:00 (Sunday 11:00) -17:00
The 17th century house where Rembrandt lived and worked, restored to its former state. You can buy here etches made from copies of Rembrandt’s original plates. Admission about €8
5. The Anne Frank House
Prinsengracht 263. Telephone – +31 2055 67 105. Hours: 09:00-19:00 (summers 21:00).
The hiding place of the young Jewish girl made famous by Anne Frank’s diaries. Admission about €8
6. Amerstelkring, Our Lord in the Attic
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40. Telephone – +31 20 624 66 04. Hours: 10:00 (Sunday 13:00) – 17:00
A hidden church in a canal house in the middle of the red-light district.