Arty Amsterdam: 7 Unmissable Museums in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam has been an Art Lover’s haven for centuries. Home to some of the worldโ€™s most celebrated museums, thereโ€™s plenty of choice for a culture-filled day out. But where to start? Below weโ€™ve gathered together seven of the best museums in the city to explore on your next visit.ย 

1. Rijksmuseum

No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to one of the worldโ€™s best museums. Here one million objects span over eight hundred years of history. Itโ€™s especially known for its collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings, with big-name works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals. A recent renovation has updated the museum and restored some of the building’s original features. Another must-see here is the library, which contains over 400,000 documents.ย 

Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam
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Interior of the museum

2. Anne Frank Huis

Explore the darkest period in Amsterdamโ€™s history in this moving museum. This house contains the attic where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during their occupation of Holland. It was opened in the 1960s as a permanent memorial to the diarist and the Jewish population of Amsterdam. The museum remains a powerful reminder of the horrors of the Second World War, and is a site of worldwide importance.

Anne Frank Huis
Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam
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exterior of the museum

3. Van Gogh Museum

Perhaps one of the most famous Dutch artists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh has become a global icon. Celebrate his life and work at this museum, which contains over 1,400 pieces of his art. Discover his most famous paintings, such as the iconicย Sunflowes, and some lesser known gems. Itโ€™s frequently listed amongst the most visited museums in the Netherlands, and itโ€™s easy to see why. A must-visit for art lovers everywhere.

Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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One of Van Gogh's Sunflower paintings4. Hermitage Amsterdam

A little slice of Russia can be found right in the heart of Amsterdam. As a satellite of St Petersburgโ€™s Hermitage Museum, thereโ€™s a wide selection of objects and curios from the collection. In addition to stand alone displays, many of the exhibitions focus on the relationship of the Netherlands and Russia. The building itself is an impressive sight, and was originally built in the 1600s as a retirement home.

Hermitage Amsterdam
Amstel 51, 1018 DR Amsterdam
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Interior of the museum

5. Museum Onsโ€™ Lieve Heer op Solderย 

Behind the unassuming exterior of this canal house hides a secret world. This building contains one of the best surviving examples of a โ€˜schuilkerk,โ€™ or clandestine church. It was built on the top three floors of the house during the 1600s, when the Netherlands introduced religious restrictions. The name of the museum translates to ‘Our Lord in the Attic.’ย ย This unusual building is a real hidden gem within the city, and a must-visit for history buffs.

Museum Onsโ€™ Lieve Heer op Solder
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, 1012 GD Amsterdam
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Interior of the secret church6. Netherlands Scheepvaartmuseumย 

Amsterdam is a city with a strong maritime heritage, and contains more canals than Venice. Explore the Netherlandโ€™s relationship to the sea at this museum, which charts the history of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The building itself is well worth a visit, especially for its glazed courtyard. Afterwards make sure to check out the replica VOC ship thatโ€™s docked outside too.

Netherlands Scheepvaartmuseum
Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam
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exterior of the museum with replica boat

7. Electric Ladyland

Old Masters not for you? Then take a trip to the most unique museum in Amsterdam. Dedicated to all things neon, the museum celebrates fluorescent art in all its forms. This location is packed with curios, from man-made sculptures to fluorescing minerals. Itโ€™s also amongst Amsterdamโ€™s most instagrammable attractions, with plenty of psychedelic photo opportunities. However, be aware that opening times do vary, so check ahead before visiting.ย 

Electric Ladyland
Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5, 1015 TB
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some neon art in the museum


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