Wondering which museums are the best museums in Amsterdam, the Netherlands? In this article I tell you all about it! I'll give you an overview of the 6 most amazing museums!
These museums are great, but one night each year there is a special event. Museum Night Amsterdam is an event during which many museums are open during the night. Furthermore, there are many extra activities then. This is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam at night.
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Without a doubt, the Rijksmuseum is one of the best museums in Amsterdam. It the largest art museum in the Netherlands and has more than 2 million annual visitors. Here you can see a lot of paintings, and other art and history objects. The paintings on display here were painted by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and lots of other famous painters. Probably the most famous work on display is the Night Watch by Rembrandt. The museum is located on Museum Square, which is easy to go to.
2. Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is also located on Museum Square, making a combined visit to both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum easier. The Van Gogh museum displays paintings made by Vincent Van Gogh. In fact, it houses the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, with more than 600 paintings and drawings, including Sunflowers, Almond Blossoms, and The Potato Eaters. The museum is also very popuplar with visitors to Amsterdam.
3. Stedelijk Museum
Here you can find all kinds of modern art works, including works by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The museum displays art from the early 20th century up till now. The Stedelijk Museum is also located on Museum Square, just like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
4. Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is the canal house where Anne Frank and her family were hiding from the Nazi Regime in the second world war in hidden rooms in the house. Anne Frank became known because of her diary. Visiting this place you can see exactly how the family was hiding and get a better sense of how living like that would have been like. The Anne Frank House is the third most visited museum in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
5. Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Amsterdam museum is actually a branch museum of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. It houses a permanent collection of art from the Heritage Museum in Russia that focuses on the historical links between the Netherlands and Russia. Besides the collection from Russia, it displays a variety of art from the Amsterdam museum featuring all kinds of group portraits from the Dutch 17th century. The Museum is located inside the Amstelhof, which is a fomer retirement home built in 1682 and that is a beautiful building, making your experience in this museum even better.
6. Amsterdam Museum
At the Amsterdam Museum you can learn a lot about the history of Amsterdam. Here you can find items from the Middle Ages to the modern time that jointly tell the story of Amsterdam. Located in a former Orphanage next to the Kalverstraat, a major shopping street in the city centre, this museum is really convenient and interesting to see. Also, when you are on a budget and can't afford to go inside the museum, you can see a few items of the museum for free in the "Schuttersgalerij".
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