Amsterdam , undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in Europe, was home to some of the most famous figures in cultural history, from revolutionary artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt, to the historic heroine Anne Frank, and many more. The rich heritage of the city is depicted in its many galleries and museums, which tell you so much about the city’s history and the legends that lived there.
Here are the most important museums in Amsterdam that you shouldn’t miss out!
The Van Gogh Museum
This museum hosts the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, with about 200 of them, and over a thousand letters and sketches. The Van Gogh Museum is a magnet for tourists around the world, ready to discover the masterpieces of the famous painter. Every room of the museum follows a certain chronological period of Van Gogh’s career, so that the visitors can observe the life of the painter transposed into art.
With over 2 million visitors each year, the Rijksmuseum is the most visited museum in the country. With a rotating display of approximately 8,000 objects from a collection of nearly one million objects, it is often compared to the Met Museum in New York , and hosts works by some of the most notable artists of various historical periods. Here you can find works by Henri Matisse, Vermeer, Rembrandt, among many others.
The Anne Frank Museum
The site of one of the most renowned hiding places in history, Anne Frank’s House was set for demolition during the 1950s, and was luckily saved by a group of brave protesters. As Anne Frank’s story started to become popular, the museum became one of Amsterdam’s most frequented places. The facade of the building was rebuilt to look exactly like in the 1940s. The museum is open every day, but it is often very crowded. To avoid waiting in line too much to buy tickets, it is recommended to buy them online.
The Stedelijk Museum
This museum contains the largest collection of contemporary art in Amsterdam, with the works of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and, of course, Vincent Van Gogh. The Stedelijk Museum houses approximately 90,000 pieces of art, paintings and sculptures. Located next to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijkmuseum, it is free for those under 18, and 15 euros for adults.
The Rembrandt van Rijn Museum
Located in Rembrandt van Rijn’s residence, renovated and meticulously restored to reflect the contemporary looks, the Rembrandt Museum contains hundreds of engravings, drawings and copper plates made by the dutch artist, as well as a generous selection of works by his contemporaries, and also of his students.