Amsterdam Museum Guide
Thanks to the rich collection of museums in Amsterdam, there is a little something of the Dutch cultural experience for everyone. Art aficionados will fall in love with the city’s master collections, featuring the old world talents of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer. For history buffs, be sure to check out the unique and detailed exhibitions of Dutch, Jewish and World War II history. And, don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten path. If you’re just looking for a bit of fun, Amsterdam has a number of fascinating and quirky museums. Some of the city’s most impressive museums are listed below.
Museums in Amsterdam
Allard Pierson Museum
Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. The ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum. Art-objects and utensils, dating from 4000 B.C. till 500 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life, mythology and religion in Antiquity.
Oude Turfmarkt 127
Tue – Fri 10 AM – 5 PM
Sat Sun from 1 PM – 5 PM
Adults € 5.00
children 4-16 € 2.50
under 4 free
NEMO is the largest science centre in the Netherlands. With five floors full of exciting things to do and discover, it is the perfect place for anyone with an inquiring mind. Everything in NEMO is connected to science and technology. Exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations. You will smell, hear, feel and see how the world works. After a visit to NEMO, you will know why bridges are so strong, what you will look like in 30 years, why you look so much like your parents, how to purify water, what happens when you kiss, how lightning and satellites work and much more. In other words, a day at NEMO is a pretty smart thing to do!
020 531 32 33
Thue-Sun 10.00 – 17.00 uur.
The Amsterdams museum is housed in magnificent buildings, once the city Orphanage. The museum offers a permanent exhibition telling the history of Amsterdam. There are countless fascinating details about this old city and it’s people. The collection consists of paintings, prints, marquette’s, objects and archaeological finds and shows how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval town to a world famous centre.
Kalverstraat 92 and Nwz Voorburgwal 357
(020) 523 18 22
Mon-Fri 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Sat-Sun 11.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Closed on 1 January, 30 April and 25 December
Van Gogh Museum
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history. The Van Gogh Museum is within easy reach of the Museumplein in Amsterdam, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum.The museum entrance is at the Paulus Potterstraat 7. It can be reached by tram numbers 2 and 5 from the Central Station and by tram numbers 3 and 12 (crossroad Paulus Potterstraat-Van Baerlestraat). The museum is also accessible for disabled visitors. All floors can be reached via lift; wheelchairs and pushchairs are available free of charge.
Paulus Potterstraat 7
(020)570 52 00
Museum daily 10-18.00, Friday 10.00-22.00
Ticket office: daily 10-17.30, Friday to 21.30
Shop daily 10-17.45, friday to 21.45
Restaurant daily 10-17.30, Friday to 21.30, kitchen to 21.15
Library Museumplein 4 Mon to Fri 10-12.30 and 13.30-17.00
Closed 1 January
Collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam With close on one million objects and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. It is perhaps best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch masters, with twenty Rembrandts and many other highlights of the period, including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. The Paintings department conserves a collection of Netherlandish painting from the 15th to the late 19th century, with emphasis on particular schools, themes and individual artists. This is accompanied by a collection of paintings by foreign masters. From Central Station: tram 2 or 5 (to Hobbemastraat)
Rijksmuseum The Masterpieces (Philips Wing Temporary entrance):
Jan Luijkenstraat 1
Daily from 9:00 to 18:00
Closed on 1 Januari
Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder
Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder or “Our Lord in The Attic” is one of the most cherished museums in Amsterdam. The special atmosphere in this canal house with its 17th century period rooms and church in the attic, surprises any visitor.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
1012 GE Amsterdam
Monday – Saturday 10.00 -17.00
Sunday and holidays 13.00 – 17.00
closed on January 1 and April 30
Rembrandt House Museum
Rembrandthuis / The Rembrandt House The house where Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658 is a now a museum. The building was constructed in 1606/07 in what was then known as the Sint Anthonisbreestraat. The house has recently been restored to reflect Rembrandt’s life and times. A new extension is the setting for special exhibitions. A changing selection of the museum’s superb collection of Rembrandt etchings is permanently on show. There are daily demonstrations of Rembrandt’s etching technique and of 17th-century paint mixing.
The Jodenbreestraat 4
1011 NK Amsterdam
Open daily: 10 AM – 5 PM
Closed on New Year’s Day.
The museum is located in the center of Amsterdam, near the famous Waterlooplein and on a 5 minutes’ walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station.
All objects in this exhibition are taken form the enormous collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. All exhibition will be on view for around five-six months. In the early 1990s Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg was considering the possibility of having satellites of the museum in the West. The Nieuwe Kerk and the Hermitage had already established a strong relationship through the organisation of major exhibitions, and Ernst Veen, director of the Nieuwe Kerk, suggested that Amsterdam would be the ideal location for a branch of the Russian museum, given the historical links between the two cities over the past 300 years.
1018 DP Amsterdam
(020) 530 87 51
Daily from 10 am to 5 pm
Closed on 30 april, 25 December and 1 January
The Hortus Botanicus
The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world. Today, there are more than 6,000 plants (>4,000 species) growing in the garden and greenhouses. The Hortus is located in the Plantage district on the edge of the hectic center of Amsterdam. Behind the 300-year-old gates, however, the bustle of the city seems to disappear.Originally, the Hortus was a medicinal herb garden, founded in 1638 by the Amsterdam City Council. At that time, herbs were of vital importance as the basis of medicines and the city had just experienced a plague epidemic. Thanks to the ships of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC), the Hortus expanded quickly in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The VOC ships brought not only herbs and spices, but also exotic ornamental plants. In fact, a few of the Hortus’ ‘crown jewels’ date from that time, e.g. the 300-year-old Eastern Cape giant cycad.
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
Plantage Middenlaan 2a
Open: Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 17.00 hours,
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 11.00 – 17.00 hours.
Close: 1 January, 25 December, November – March: closed at 16.00 hours
Dutch Resistance Museum
The Plancius Building, in which the museum is located, was built in 1876 as the social club for a Jewish choir. Since 1999 it houses the Dutch Resistance Museum. Its permanent exposition shows Holland as it was shortly before, during and after the Second World War.It is the museum’s task to stimulate the visitors curiosity to learn about the most momentous period in the Dutch twentieth-century history. The museum tells the story of people who were confronted with dilemmas by the German occupation, and were forced to make choices. At various points, the visitors are themselves involved very directly in such dilemmas.
1018 CX Amsterdam
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00
Saturday Sunday Monday 12.00 – 17.00
Public Holidays 12.00 – 17.00
Every day throughout the year, except 1st January, April 30th and December 25th.
Jewish Historical Museum
Closed on Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur The Jewish Historical Museum collects objects and works of art associated with the religion, culture and history of the Jews in the Netherlands and its former colonies. These items are held by the museum and the Resource Centre. The museum has over 11,000 works of art, ceremonial items and historical objects. Only five percent of these are on permanent display. The rest are stored in the depot and occasionally shown in exhibitions, or lent to other museums. The objects in this hidden collection can be viewed via the website. View and search the Museum collection.Apart from documentary information, which forms the majority of its holdings, the Resource Centre also has many historical documents and photos. This collection covers a wide range of subjects associated with Jewish history and culture in general, comprising over 43,000 books, brochures, documents, photos, audio and video material.
1001 RE Amsterdam
Daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (also 25 and 26 December)
1 January 12 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Stedelijk Museum opened its doors in 1895, the same year as the first Venice Biënnale. “It was a quiet, civilised museum for the Amsterdam bourgeoisie in a time when there was nothing as troublesome as modern art,” wrote Director Rudi Fuchs in the Bulletin on the occasion of the Museum’s 100th anniversary in 1995. CoBrA and Expressionism, Malevich, Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Van der Leck and Rietveld. Moore, Saura, Van Velde, Visser, Tajiri and Zadkine. Dubuffet, Tinguely, Dibbets, Van Elk, Ryman and De Kooning Matisse, Newman and Rauschenberg, Paik, Viola, Nauman and many others. Stedelijk Museum has a very broad Internationally renowed collection of modern art and design.
1011 AD Amsterdam
(020) 573 29 11
Open: daily from 10 am – 6 pm. Thu until 9 p.m. (Closed January 1).
Please notice: December 5, 24 and 31 the museum closese at 5 pm