The Amsterdam Museums Guide
Our guide to Amsterdam’s museums
Amsterdam is a cultural hub boasting one of the finest museum collections of all major cities in Europe. Every year they attract millions of visitors, seeking the classics, exciting modern art, film, theatre and photography.
Here you will find a guide to the most popular museums in the area, all within walking distance of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam.
RijksmuseumOne of the largest and most interesting art museums in the world is Rijksmuseum. Located at the Museumplein, Art Square Amsterdam, less than a 20-minute stroll from our hotel. It lies side by side with other gems, such as the Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museums. The museum, hosts an unparalleled collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and many more.
Van Gogh MuseumA must for Vincent van Gogh enthusiasts, is without a doubt a visit to the museum dedicated to the famous Dutch artist. The Van Gogh Museum boasts the world’s largest collection from the painter with more than 200 paintings and 600 drawings. In 2012, the museum recorded almost 1.5 million visitors, which makes it the most visited museum in the Netherlands and the 30th most visited in the world.
From our hotel it’s a less than 20-minute stroll over the canals to Museumplein, Art Square.
Stedelijk MuseumThe Stedelijk Museum is internationally renowned for modern and contemporary art, as well as design from the early 20th and 21st century. Some of the artists you’ll see are Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Karel Appel, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Marlene Dumas, Lucio Fontana, and Gilbert & George.
With a collection of 90,000 modern paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, design objects and video artefacts, it’s not to be missed.
It’s located in Museumplein along with the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum.
Anne Frank HouseIf you are looking for a museum with a story to tell, spend a day at the Anne Frank House. This will provide a real and thought provoking experience of how she, and many other Jews, experienced the beginning of the Second World War.
The museum gives you the opportunity to see first-hand how Anne Frank hid with her family from Nazi persecution, from 1942 until their betrayal in 1944, and read her famous diary.
From our hotel it’s a 1.5 kilometer walk to the museum, or alternatively head to the Spui tram stop and take the no.14 tram to Westermarkt. From there it’s a short 2-minute walk along Prinsengracht.
Hermitage AmsterdamLocated on the banks of the Amstel River you will find the Amsterdam branch of Russia’s famed Hermitage Museum, which focuses on Russian History and culture.
The Hermitage displays a rotating selection of works, including sculptures, graphic work and paintings. The museum also has a children’s section with regular workshops, guided tours and events such as classical concerts.
From our hotel it’s just a short 10-minute walk via the Amstel River.