The Amsterdam Museums Guide
Amsterdam is a cultural hub boasting one of the finest museum collections of all major cities in Europe. Steeped in history and historical artefacts, it should not come as a surprise that one of the main tourist attractions in the city are its museums. Every year they attract millions of visitors, seeking exciting modern art, press, film, theatre and photography.
Here you will find a guide to the most popular museums in the area, all walking distances from the Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam.
One of the worlds’ largest and most interesting art museums in the world is Rijksmuseum. Located at the Museumplein (Museum Square), it lies side by side with other gems, such as the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. The impressive Dutch National Museum, hosts an unparalleled collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. This includes works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and many more. Their collection of a staggering 1 million objects, dating back to years 1200-2000 is truly amazing.
Van Gogh Museum
A 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. Playing host to the world’s largest collection from the painter it features 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.
The Stedelijk Museum is internationally renowned for modern and contemporary art, as well as design from the early 20th and 21st century. Its aim is to provide a home for art, artists and a broad range of public art. Some of the artists represented 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, the Stedelijk Museum is not to be missed.
Anne Frank’s House
If you are looking for a museum with a story to tell, spend a day at Anne Frank’s 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.
Experience first-hand how Anne Frank, hid with her family in different hiding rooms from Nazi persecution, from 1942 until their betrayal in 1944. Walk the halls where they hid in terror, and read encounters from her famous diary. The museum preserves the hiding place and exhibits how life was throughout their hiding. In addition, it is an exhibition space to highlight all forms of persecution and discrimination.
Located on the banks of the Amstel River you will find the Amsterdam based extension of Russia’s famed Hermitage Museum.
The Hermitage usually organizes exhibitions on selected themes, with the artworks being transported from the main museum in St. Petersburg. Although their exhibitions aren’t as rich as other museums in Amsterdam, they are remarkably interesting as the work is seldom known outside of Russia. The names exhibited are always big, as the Hermitage St. Petersburg collection is one of the world’s richest.