Amsterdam Museums, Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

The world famous Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s most popular museum. Photo by Ahsmann.

Amsterdam’s best museums

The Rijksmuseum is a magnificent building in the centre of Amsterdam housing a popular collection of paintings ranging from the 16th century to the 20th century with a focus on the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.

Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt House Museum, a 17th century house. Photo by Remi Mathis

Museum Het Rembrandthuisis where Rembrandt lived and worked from 1639 to 1658.
Rembrandt House has been redecorated with furniture, art and objects dating from the 17th century. There are daily demonstrations of etching and paint preparation in the way he worked in that time.

Royal Palace Main Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

The Royal Palace central hall, Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam. Photo by Jean-Christophe Benoist.

This magnificent 17th century Royal Palace was originally Amsterdam’s Town Hall but transformed into a palace by King Louis Napoleon in 1808. It is now one of three palaces that the House of Orange call home, though it’s mainly a tourist attraction, and a great one at that with gorgeous marble carvings, massive pictures and exquisite furniture and decor.

The Van Gogh Museum specialises in the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) with a huge collection of paintings and drawings.

Anne Frankhuis (Anne Frank’s House) is museum that tells a story if you’re more interested in action than old masterpieces of art. For over two years, Anne Frank lived secretly in the back of her father’s Amsterdam building, hiding Jewish refugees on the run from the Nazis in the Second World War, and writing a memorable diary about a life inside and in fear.

Ametelkring Museum (aka Our Lord in Attic Chapel or Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder) is a delightful little old canal house with a hidden church in the attic for the use of Roman Catholics who were forbidden from public worship since 1578, when the Netherlands became Protestant.

Joods Historisch Museum is devoted to all things Jewish in the Netherlands, history, culture and religion, as well as some worldwide artefacts. The museum won the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1989 for the style of the building and the presentation of its huge collection of both artistic and ceremonial objects.

Modern kitchen-sink style from the new Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Modern kitchen-sink style from the new Stedelijk Museum. Photo by Hpschaefer.

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is, unsurprisingly, a museum for modern art, contemporary art, and design in Museumplein, near the Van Gogh Museum. Stedelijk contains ‘one of the richest modern art collections in the world. ‘

The Hermitage Museum on the Amstel River, Amsterdam, netherlands

The Hermitage Museum on the Amstel River. That’s classical architecture for you! Photo by Takeaway.

This little brother of the incredible Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia, is sadly deficient in the extravagant building style of the original but spacious and packed with paintings, tapestries and decorative art, mainly celebrating the Netherlands-Russia relationship, along with interesting temporary exhibitions.

The Bijbels Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

The Bijbels Museum on Herengracht. Photo by Yair Haklai.

This Biblical Museum, ‘a meeting of Bible, art and culture’, displays a large collection of bibles and other religious objects such as models of Solomon’s Temple and archeological findings.

Amsterdam Cannabis Museum, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s Hash and Marijuana museum, conveniently situated alongside a shop selling all sorts of seeds for grow-your-own pot plants. Photo LordToran

The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum is naturally of interest to users of these products, offering ‘the World’s Largest Collection of Cannabis-Related Artefacts’, but has been criticised for being overpriced (€9 in 2014) and lacking in entertainment value. The focus is educational – on history, usage and tools but also runs a live, hydroponic cannabis/marijuana garden. Their website.

amsterdam sex museum, holland

The small but entertaining and frequently exciting Venustempel Sex Museum in Damrak. Photo by PersianDutchNetwork.

This temple of Venus is touted as the world’s oldest sex museum, offering an extensive collection of erotic objects from around the world, an excellent place to spend a stimulating hour after a sojourn in a coffeeshop. There is another, small sex museum in De Wallen, Amsterdam’s red light district.