Museums in Amsterdam

Museums in Amsterdam


“Picture; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam”

Amsterdam has numerous museums, some of which are world renowned. Here’s a brief guide to five of the best.

The Rijksmuseum

For the past ten years the Rijksmuseum has been largely closed for renovations, with only a small portion of their collection on display, but that has now changed.

The historic main building that was designed by Pierre Cuypers and built between 1876 and 1885, has been restored, creating a wonderful space to display some of the world’s most famous artwork.

The Rijksmuseum is probably best known as the home of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, and there are other works by Dutch Golden Age painters too.

In total the museum has around 1 million objects that reflect arts, crafts, and history and they span the years from 1200 to 2000.

The Rijksmuseum is just outside the historic centre of Amsterdam, on the Museumplein, and is best reached by the city’s tram network.

Anne Frank House

As one of the most popular museums in Amsterdam, Anne Frank House is always busy, particularly during the summer when there’s usually a crowd winding its way around the outside of the building, waiting to go in.

Anne Frank House is on a far smaller scale than the likes of the Rijksmuseum but this was, after all, the home of the girl who recorded her family’s wartime struggle in a diary.

Once you enter the museum you walk around, self-guided, seeing rooms and hiding places that the family had to use on a regular basis before they were betrayed and discovered, then sent to a concentration camp.

There are exhibits within the museum as well, telling the life of the Frank family and how Jews in general suffered.

It’s a very moving place and strongly recommended while you’re visiting Amsterdam. The museum is in the heart of historic Amsterdam.

See the Museum Anne Frank website for more information.

Amsterdam Museum

For a general look at the history of Amsterdam the Amsterdam Museum is the one to visit.

Located within the city’s former orphanage on Nieuwmarkt Square, this museum features the history of the city from the Middle Ages right up to the present day.

There are exhibits including archaeological findings, photographs, models, paintings and more.

Read more about the museum on their Amsterdam Museum website

Van Gogh Museum

The Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House are the second and third most popular museums in Amsterdam, but the most visited is actually the Van Gogh Museum.

Set in the Museumplein area of the city, just outside the historic centre, this art museum was established in 1973 and has gone on to become the most visited museum in the country.

It features the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings with works including The Yellow House, Sunflowers, and The Potato Eaters.

There are also works by other famous artists of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements such as Paul Gauguin, Monet, Manet, and Redon.

The Van Gogh museum website has all the information you’ll need on visiting.

Rembrandt House Museum

The life of another famous artist can also be discovered here in Amsterdam.

Rembrandt House Museum is close to the new town hall and this home, where Rembrandt lived in the 1600s, has been refurbished to how it would have been during his occupancy.

If you’re interested in the artist this is a fascinating museum to visit, and it holds great historical value too.

Visit the Rembrandt museum website for more information.

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