Museums in Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Stedelijk Museum are the most popular choices, but there are many interesting small museums. Amsterdam has over fifty museums, which attract almost two million visitors every year. Alongside the wealth of majestic Golden Age paintings, you'll find exciting modern art, press, film, theatre and photography museums and some unique Dutch treats like the Heineken, Ajax Arena Tours and the Houseboat museum. And Amsterdam wouldn't be Amsterdam without the likes of the Sex, Erotic, Hash or Torture museums.
For kids there is an impressive NEMO; a hands-on science and technology museum housed in the unique, boat-shaped building. Nearby Het Scheepvaartmuseum – The National Maritime Museum is also worth a visit with its replica of a Dutch trading ship, docked behind. Museums such as the Tropical Museum and Jewish Museum also include children's section. The Amsterdam Holland Pass and the Museum card is the ideal solution for museums and arts addicted, for tourists wishing to stay in Amsterdam longer and visiting museums elsewhere in the Netherlands. The museum art scene is completed by Amsterdam numerous art galleries.
Major Amsterdam's Museums:
One of the largest and most interesting art museums in the world the Rijksmuseum – The State Museum has an unparalleled collection of paintings and objects of material culture, prints and classic photography. Recently rebuilt and modernized, the museum’s show is modern in its way of presentation and respectful towards its beautiful historical building. Without doubt the Rijksmuseum is today one of the best art museums in the world.
One of the world’s richest collections of contemporary art, Amsterdam Municipal Museum – The Stedelijk Museum reopened in September of 2012 after prolonged period of enlargement and modernization. Its new white building integrally connected to the 19th C. museum surprises with originality of its architecture. The Stedelijk Museum collection of 90 thousand modern paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, design objects and video artifacts is not to be missed.
A hidden annex of Amsterdam canal house, where two Jewish families hid from persecution by the Nazis from July 6, 1942 until their betrayal in August 4, 1944, is one of the most popular visiting places in Amsterdam. It is here that Anne Frank, only 15 years old at the moment of her death in the German concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, wrote her famous diary. You may visit the modest hiding rooms of the annex, but also see an original of the diary and an exhibition about the time of hatred brought on people by the Nazis.
Two buildings of interesting architecture, one by Dutch master Gerrit Rietveld, another by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, house world’s richest collection of one of the greatest painters in human history - Vincent van Gogh. Interesting temporary exhibits about the times van Gogh lived and worked, complete the show.
Netherlands have an unparalleled tradition of art painting with names of the highest magnitude as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh and Mondrian and hundreds of wonderful artists of lesser fame but often mysterious, fascinating talents. Amsterdam art museums are truly unique on the world’s scale. The Rijksmuseum is the one you should not miss, even if you are in Amsterdam for one day only.
Dutch people have a conscience of their history and love of their country tradition. Their historical museums are never dull – in a spectacular way they illustrate the intricate and rich character of the nation. The renewed Het Scheepvaartmuseum – The National Maritime Museum is real fun to visit.
Amsterdam has been always welcoming visitors. Avid sailors and traders, the Dutch have been always tolerant and open to the outside world. Today the city has a fame of being permissive, comparing even to other cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is open for tourists and several attractive exhibits have been prepared. Some around recognized Dutch brands as Heineken and Ajax, other on themes as sex and soft drugs.
Dutch love nature and the country is the world’s biggest exporter of flowers. Amsterdam ZOO called Artis, small and old fashioned is very pleasant to visit. The Botanical Garden, one of the oldest in the world, bears still its historical Latin name, Hortus Botanicus. A number of smaller institutions complete the picture.
In Amsterdam technology museums have been created mostly for kids, as NEMO or Electric Tram Line Museum, but there are also some smaller museums, which continue grown up private collections. Sometimes really small, located in one room as Computer Museum, they document the fascination with quickly changing technology.
Amsterdam has a tradition of the city of joy and tolerance city. Its people like to party, to sing and dance in the public. Tulip craze may have been gone forever centuries ago, but flowers remain an important element of Amsterdam everyday decorum. Last century brought also interests in design and mode – Amsterdam has become one of the capitals of fashion in Europe. There are number museums and exhibits showing specific Amsterdam way of life in all its aspects.
Yet uncategorized museums:
One of the few of its kind in the world, the Amsterdam World Peace Museum will be established in the near future just a step further than the Anne Frank House. In its rooms the museum documents history of the idea of global peace, the most important peace initiatives and the great leaders of humanity who strived for the idea of World Peace.
Location: Not decided yet
One of the most intriguing Amsterdam's museums belongs to the Royal Institute for the Tropics, a foundation devoted to the study of the cultures of tropical areas around the world. Location: Kattenburgerplein 1, quarter Plantage
This late Gothic church is the home of several unique exhibitions throughout the year. Each exhibition will show only masterpieces of a certain era or subject.
Location: Dam square