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. 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. 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.