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Museums

 
 

The one thing Amsterdam doesn't lack is great museums. Everyone has heard of the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum but there are plenty of smaller, super great museums that we definitely recommend.

 

House with the heads
Keizersgracht 123


The former home of a Rosicrucian, today it houses the Ritman Library, whose collection holds many of the very texts that the Order of the Rosy Cross fought to protect. Open Thursday through Sunday.

 

Lieve heer op zolder
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38


While the rest of Europe was busy burning heretics, Amsterdam decided to allow various religions to practice in peace - as long as they were discrete about it. The result was 36 hidden Catholic churches scattered throughout the city. Lieve Heer op Zolder is by far the most impressive! 

 

REMBRANDT House
Jodenbreestraat 4


The home of the famous painter has been so well restored that it looks like Rembrandt has just left to do some shopping! Explore an authentic Golden Age house and visit the studio of one of the most famous painters in history.

 

Portuguese synagogue
Mr. Visserplein 3


In 1675, as the rest of the World was hunting and killing their Jewish neighbours, Amsterdam was building the biggest synagogue in Europe. Even today, the entire building is lit only by candlelight.  

 

The Old Church
Oudekerksplein 23


The oldest building in Amsterdam, this church has been a place of Catholics, Protestants, sinners, corrupt officials, and even a miracle or two throughout its history. With 2,500 graves containing 10,000 big name former Amsterdammers, see if you can find Rembrant’s wife Saskia.

 

Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1


The gold standard of museums. Art and history, history and art. Rembrant, Vermeer, van Gogh - they all have work hanging on these hallowed walls. This is the ultimate monument to the Golden Age.

 

Amsterdam museum
Kalverstraat 92


Set in a former convent and orphanage, the building had plenty of history even before they turned it into a historical museum! It’s a great place to learn more about the history of the city.

 

Scheepvaart museum
Kattenburgerplein 1


Got adventure in your blood? Does the sea call you? Check out the Scheepvaart (Maritime) Museum, home to wonderful exhibitions, old maps and instruments and, of course, a full size replica of an 18th century Dutch merchant ship!