When visiting Amsterdam, it is an absolute must-do to go to a museum. With around 400 museums, the city will definitely have one of your interest. Don’t feel like researching 400 museums? We have already listed the top 10 museums of Amsterdam for you. Check out our high quality selection.
Top 10 museums in Amsterdam
After its reopening in 2013, the Rijksmuseum is more popular than ever. The national museum holds Amsterdam’s most impressive art collection, including the world-famous ‘Nachtwacht’ (‘Nights Watch’) by Rembrandt van Rijn. Since listed on the UNESCO heritage list, the building itself is definitely worth a visit as well. The Rijksmuseum provides an impressive overview of the rich Dutch history and art.
The Van Gogh Museum holds the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. Van Gogh painted many works over a period of only ten years, of which 201 are exhibited in this museum. It wasn’t until after his death that Van Gogh became known to the public and today he is one of the most famous Dutch painters ever alive. The Van Gogh Museum offers an experience of the painter’s works as well as his interesting and turbulent life.
3. Anne Frank Museum
Anne Frank: the Jewish girl who had to go into hiding during the Second World War to escape the Nazis. She and her family were hiding in the attic of a house on the Prinsengracht, where she kept the now world-famous diary. The Frank family was betrayed and then discovered by the Nazis. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, is the only survivor and published Anne’s diary after the war. The hiding place still exists and is now the Anne Frank Museum.
4. Joods Historisch Museum
We all know that the history of Judaism is a very long and turbulent one. The Jewish Historical Museum sheds light on everything related to the Jewish culture, religion and history and is centrally located in Amsterdam. Explore the world of the Jews, in welfare and in tragedy.
This interactive museum is both educational and fun for all ages. Learn about the world of science and technology in a playful manner with all the interactive attractions. NEMO is a solid guarantee for a day full of fun for both kids and adults.
In the history of the world, the Dutch are best known for their seafaring. For centuries, the Dutch have paved the way for seafaring trade. Housed in a former warehouse for the Dutch war fleet, the Scheepvaartmuseum can teach you everything about this rich history. Furthermore, walk onboard the Amsterdam, the exact copy of a 17th century ship of the Dutch East India Company.
6. EYE Film Museum
Interested in film and cinematography? The EYE Film Institute is the Dutch center for film culture and heritage. The museum is devoted to promote Dutch film both at home and abroad through exhibits, film screenings, workshops and many more.
With around 90,000 works of art, the Stedelijk Museum holds the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands. Disciplines like Bauhaus, Mondriaan and De Kooning are some of the museum’s highlights. As the Dutch version of Centre Pompidou, the Stedelijk Museum is a must-do for modern art lovers.
The Hermitage is the Dutch dependency of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. Amsterdam has a historical connection with Saint Petersburg of more than 300 years and in the light of that connection, Russia decided to house a part of their museum in the Netherlands. The dependency has grown to one of Amsterdam’s top attractions since the opening in 2009 by the Dutch Queen Beatrix and the Russian President Medvedev.
Rembrandt van Rijn: de painter of the ‘Nachtwacht‘ (‘Nights Watch’) and many other works that are famous all over the world. Between 1639 and 1658, the Dutch Master lived in Amsterdam. His former house is now built into a museum dedicated to him, his work, his pupils and his life.
10. You choose!
Amsterdam has a lot of very cool small museums such as the Museum of Bags & Purses or the Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum. Go check them out!