Amsterdam has a vast amount of beautiful or amusing museums. From the Ajax (soccer) museum to the Heineken Experience, and from the Joods Historisch Museum to the Tropenmuseum. Some suggestions are given below.

Rijksmuseum - 2014 - John Lewis Marshall

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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.




Stedelijk museum

Stedelijk Museum

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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.

van gogh

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Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum contains the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh, including masterpieces such as Almond Blossom, Sunflowers and The Bedroom.

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: photography museum in Amsterdam


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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. 


Waterlooplein (Waterloo square) is located in the oldest Jewish neighbourhood. In addition to the Muziektheater (music theatre), the City Hall and the Hortus Botanicus (botanic garden), various museums can be found here.


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.

Joods Historisch Museum

The Joods Historisch Museum gives an understanding of the history and culture of the Jewish people in the Netherlands.



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