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Amsterdam Museums: A Guide For Every Type of Traveler

Yuri DibbleComment
Amsterdam Museums: A Guide For Every Type of Traveler

Amsterdam Museums: A Guide For Every Type of Traveler

For many millenials, prior to 2012 Amsterdam was synonomous with cannibis. Nevermind the beautiful canals, rich architecture, and pulsing business hubs...people just went there to smoke legally, right? Oh the naivete.

As per usual, after one moves on from college and can see beyond the proverbial haze, it is possible to refocus on Amsterdam, seeing it for what it is: a multi-cultural port city that offers no shortage of historical jackpots. Whether you are the type of traveler looking to bring the kids along, or the type that wants something just plain weird, we've got you covered. 


For the Name Dropper:

Part of the fun of traveling is bringing back experiences to recap over martinis. The following museums provide ample material for future travel recaps with friends and co-workers. (And of course, historical and unique masterpieces...if you are into that sort of thing...)

Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Frans Hals...truth be told, it's hard to find a way to say "Van Gogh" without sounding pretentious. Alas, this museum is the perfect place to embrace such pretension. 

If you are looking for the largest, grandest, most name droppable musuem, this is your best bet. From Rembrandt, to Yves St. Laurent; from Dutch maritime to Asian art; Rijkmuseum is sure to leave you feeling more cultured than when you entered its doors. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
Located in the Museum District or Museum Square just blocks from the Max Brown Hotel.

Stedelijk Museum
The second out of three large museums in Amsterdam's Museum Square, Stedelijk Museum is the largest Dutch museum, with a heavy concentration on modern and contemporary art. 

Patrons are guided through over 100 years of craft, including work from Matisse, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol - just to name a few. Situated in the Museumplein Park, and just walking distance from Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum offers convenience and a beautiful view from its newly constructed wing over the broad park. 

Grab a bite to eat, or peruse the museum shop for trinkets from your stay. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card
Located in Museum Square

Van Gogh Museum
Didn't get enough Vincent Van Gogh in Rijksmuseum? Fear not, for the third notable museum in the Museum District is a museum in honor of the man himself. 

The Van Gogh Museum houses the world's largest collection of his works. Refurbished in 2013, this space not only offers over 200 Van Gogh paintings, letters, drawings, and other impressionist works that inspired the artist, but it showcases it all in a modern and cutting edge atmosphere. 

 Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
 Located on the NW corner of Museum Square


For the House Guests:

If a museum with marble floors and vaulted ceilings isn't your cup of tea, fear not, for Amsterdam has no shortage of famous residents whose homes you can tour at your leisure. 

Anne Frank House
Tour the home where the author not only penned her famous diary, but hid with her family for two years before being discovered and imprisoned during World War II. Anne's home (and now museum) not only showcases her own mistreatment and horror, but the injustices of the movement in general. 

It would be smart to keep in mind that this particular home invited over 1 million guests in 2017 alone, so booking ahead and online is advisable. One last note: construction is in full swing until an estimated date of May 2018, but tickets are still available online at http://www.annefrank.org/en/.

Admission for adults is $20
Located at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam.

Rembrandt House Museum
Located smack dab in the middle of the city, The Rembrandt House Museum gives visitors immediate access to the home where he created some of his most popular work during the height of his career. The residence has been meticulously reconstructed to resemble his 17th century home.

Not only will visitors be exposed to his sketches and day-to-day living quarters, but they will also have access to alternating exhibits. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
Located on the Zwanenburgwal Canal at Jodenbreestraat 4


For parents with children in tow:

Fond memories are always made in a children's museum. But a children's museum in Amsterdam? What a cultured tot!

NEMO Science Museum
Fun awaits the whole family in this architecturally distinct  museum. All things science and technology will keep the kid's busy until nap time, as every exhibit is interactive and continuously updated, making this particular spot the most popular children's museum in the city. 

But while the indoor learning is boundless, don't keep everyone cooped up! The museum also offers an outdoor rooftop cafe, along with a permanent power generation exhibit, and last but not least, a sweeping view of Amsterdam's City Center. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
Located at Jodenbreestraat 4 off the OOsterdok Canal


For the 'Out there' crowd:

Rembrandt and Warhol might be too basic for some US hipsters these days. Not to worry; Amsterdam is home of the eclectic, and their museums are a reflection of this. Below are museums for those of us just a little out there...

Sex Museum - The Temple of Venus
Don't worry, you can easily sneak into the front doors unnoticed as this particular niche museum is located in one of Amsterdam's busiest spots on Damrak Street. 

After a sly and inconspicuous entry, feel free to let your freak flag fly! Phones and cameras are not only allowed, but encouraged; as is posing with the wax figures and plastic phalluses. But don't say we didn't warn you: each room has a different theme AND sound effects. 

It's safe to say this particular museum is the antithesis of our previous category. 

Admission: $7
Located near Park Plaza Victoria at Damrak 18, just blocks from Hotel Ibis

Cat Cabinet (Kattenkabinet)Yep, it's what it sounds like. It's a cat museum; but not just all cats - this is tribute to museum's owners personal feline: John Pierpont Morgan. 

Focused on cat's throughout our culture, this house is sure to make you purr, even if you are more of a canine lover. Why? Because this specific location was also used to film Ocean's twelve. 

Brad Pitt, John Pierpont Morgan...same diff. 

Admission: $10
Located at Herengracht 497, within walking distance of Holland Casino


For 20th Century History Buffs

If you have done the Da Vinci thing, and played out the Pucher, then it's time to revisit the 20th century influential movements. From European avant garde, to Jewish appreciation, here are some ideas for museums specializing in cultural movements. 

 Cobra Museum of Modern Art                                                                    The Cobra movement refelects its origins in it's simple name: Copenhagen, Brussels, and you guessed it - Amsterdam. It's only fitting that one of these cities would be home to a monument for the late 1940's European avante-garde movement. 

Members of this movement established themselves as proponents for freedom, experimentation, and imagination, which is echoed in this  modern museum. With plenty of natural light and attention to space, visitors are sure to catch the vibe that it's founders intended. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
Located at Sandbergplein 1, just a 5 minute taxi ride from the Alp de Veenen Boutique Hotel

Joods Historisch Museum                                                                        Situated in the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the Joods Historisch Museum is not limited to one monument dedicated to the Jewish culture - here exists an entire neighborhood consisting of synagogues and historic buildings honoring Judaism, and the millions of people displaced during World War II. 

Branching out farther than simply displaying artifacts, the museum tells it's story through paintings, films, and even 3D presentations. All three of the permanent exhibits are open throughout the year, 7 days a week, with the exception of Yom Kippur, and King's Day. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
Located Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, and only a 6 minute walk from the Auschwitz Monument in Wertheimpark.


For the Photogs and Filmmakers:

Amsterdam has plenty of history, but it can flex it's muscles in the Photography and filmmaking arena as well. Below are two museums that will satisfy any film junkies addiction. 

Foam                                                                                                        Taking the museum education one step further, Foam offers visitors the chance to get in on the action via public forums and symposiums. The museum is not just modern in philosophy and material, but in the architecture itself. Established in 2002, it is one of the youngest museums in Amsterdam. 

Patrons can revel in not only established names such as Helen Levitt, and Anton Corbijn, but can also preview up and coming photographers and filmmakers. 

Visitors can also purchase a copy of the museum's limited edition magazines, in addition to partaking in special tours and lectures. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
Located at Keizersgracht 609, via the Amsterdamse grachten canal. 

EYE Filmmuseum                                                                                         Even younger than Foam, EYE Filmmuseum opened it's doors in 2012 and has already established itself as a must-see for cinematic enthusiasts. The venue screens classics and new releases alike, in addition to evenings honoring specific genres and techniques. 

While film fans predictably peruse it's extensive historical film archives, they also have the option to partake in more traditional exhibits of chronicled cinema, or eat at the waterside restaurant while watching the ships float by. 

Admission is free with Amsterdam City Card.
Located IJpromenade 1, within walking distance to Sir Adams Hotel. 


There you have it! Did we miss any diamonds in the rough? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!