The Rijksmuseum is the treasure chest of Dutch history. The Rijksmuseum’s internationally revered collection features some of the nation’s most famous works, including historic art by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and, perhaps most notably, Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which takes pride of place in a beautifully lit hall allowing visitors to enjoy every tiny detail. The large collection of antiques (keep your eye out for the doll’s houses!) also tells the story of the Netherlands through the centuries.
Those who love modern art cannot leave Amsterdam without having visited the Stedelijk museum. In the autumn of 2016 there will be a temporary exhibition of the work of Jean Tingeuely, the Swiss artist who was instrumental in the development of kinetic art. While Tingueley’s mechanical metal sculptures may seem witty and playful, their charming absurdity has a dark side: he contrasts play, pleasure and irony with aggression, self-destruction and a fear of death.
An interesting detail: in 2013, art collector and chairwoman of Stichting Reprorecht Marieke Sanders and her husband donated more than 100 works of art to the Stedelijk Museum.
If a museum full of Van Gogh’s work is not enough Van Gogh for you: rent a car and drive to the Province of Noord-Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands. This is where Van Gogh was born and began to paint works such as The Potato Eaters. Just an hour away from Amsterdam (by car) you can still find the distinctive atmosphere of his paintings. In many areas the countryside has changed very little.
Foam is the centre for photographers, visual editors, designers and photography fans in Amsterdam. It houses a museum with changing exhibitions (tours available) and a gallery, in a beautiful canal-side location. Please check the website of the Foam for the current exhibition.
Close to Waterlooplein is Rembrandthuis, the house where Rembrandt lived and worked for some time. This museum provides a beautiful impression of life in the 17th century.
The Joods Historisch Museum gives an understanding of the history and culture of the Jewish people in the Netherlands.