Amsterdam is well-known for its incredible quality and quantity of museums. Art museums in Amsterdam include masterpieces from giants of the art world such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Vermeer.
The most famous museums in Amsterdam are probably the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House though these are just a few of a vast, diverse range.
In recent year a number of intriguing small museums in Amsterdam have sprung up with a various weird and wonderful themes such as cheese, tulips and pipes. There has been a focus on creating more modern exhibitions aimed at a 21st-century audience which include highly-stimulating audiovisual elements.
If you only have a limited amount of time to spend in the Dutch capital it can be difficult to choose which museums to visit. Here is a list of the best museums in Amsterdam.
Van Gogh Museum
The Museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s work in the world. There are over 200 paintings including the world-famous Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows, and The Potato Eaters.
In addition to the paintings, there are 500 drawings and 700 letters which help to tell the story of the tortured artist. There are also masterpieces by other artists who inspired Van Gogh, including works from his contemporary, Gauguin. For art lovers this is definitely one of the best museums to go to in Amsterdam.
Anne Frank House
Visit the hiding place of Anne Frank, whose diary has become one of the most widely-read books globally. Forced into hiding during the Holocaust, Anne and her family spent the years 1942-44 in the attic rooms of the house, which were concealed behind a hinged bookcase.
The house has been restored and stands as poignant, moving reminder of the horrors of the Nazi persecution, as well as the tremendous courage of Anne.
The largest museum in the Netherlands and one of the best museums to visit in Amsterdam. It is home to an impressive collection of masterpieces from artists such as Rembrandt (including The Night Watch), Jan Steen, Frans Hals, and Jan Vermeer. The museum displays 8,000 objects from its collection of 1 million.
The exhibitions celebrate Dutch history as well as art. Some of the highlights include a biplane from 1917, a 12th-century Buddha, and an impressive collection of royal garments which date back centuries.
A celebration of modern, iconic works from rockstars of the artworld such as Salvador Dali, Banksy, Andy Warhol, damien Hirst and Picasso. The collection focuses on proven, popular artists who each have their own unique vision. Moco is accessible, entertaining, and inspirational. The works share an irony and humor which examine various aspects of modern society in original and distinctive ways. If you are looking for cool museums in Amsterdam this should be your first stop.
Set in a grand 17th structure, the collection examines the Amsterdam’s history in an informative and engaging way. The first exhibit is a computer-generated map showing how the city has developed over the last 800 years. You are then taken on a chronological journey through Amsterdam’s rich and colorful past.
Archaeological finds, works of art, audiovisual and interactive exhibits, and interesting temporary shows, combine to tell the city’s tale. The Civic Guard gallery (part of the Amsterdam museum) is worth a visit, it is one of the best free museums in Amsterdam.
EYE Film Institute
The most important center for cinematography in the Netherlands. The institute preserves, stores, and presents Dutch and foreign films screened in Holland. The spàcious, uba-modern, shark-shaped structure homes a collection of 37,000 films titles, 60,000 posters, and 700,000 photos.
There are larger multimedia art installations, interesting temporary shows, and four cinemas which show select films. One of the screens resembles a Parisian cinema from 1900.
After twelve years of development and ten million euros of investments, Micropia opened in 2014 as a shrine to the amazing world of the incredibly small. None of the creatures on display are bigger than an ant, and the majority are significantly smaller. The museum demonstrates how integral and important microbes, such as invincible tardigrades and bacteria, are to the world around us. There is a body scanner which can show you the types of microbe which live in your body, and a visible, working laboratory.
From life-threatening risks like spying, to delivering stamps and messages, the Dutch resistance from May 1940 to May 1945 took many forms during World War II. Known locally as the Verzetsmuseum, the museum documents a variety of these underground activities in a thought-provoking way.
The audiovisual displays are very engaging and provide an insight into the covert everyday life of the Dutch resistance during a tragic but fascinating period. For history buffs this is certainly one of the best museums to see in Amsterdam.
Rembrandt House Museum
The house was Rembrandt’s home and workshop between 1639 and 1656. The great artist completed the bulk of his life’s work in the building which is set in the heart of Amsterdam. The house has been painstakingly refurbished with 17th century art, objects, and furniture.
Rembrandt’s work is on display along with some of his pupils’, predecessors’, and peers. There are also temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists.
NEMO Science Museum
One of the top museums in Amsterdam for families, the science museum is fun and stimulating for both children and adults. The hands-on exhibition provides playful opportunities to do experiments, use cutting-edge gadgets, and blow giant soap bubbles.
The five floors are filed with workshops, demonstrations, shows, and films, and they are constantly updated. the museum includes a vast outdoor space which includes a roof-terrace with breathtaking views of the capital.