Amsterdam is famous for its amazing museums, and the most important of them are located on the Museumplein (Museum Square). One of the biggest among them is the Rijksmuseum that exhibits the collection of classical Dutch art, including the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. Another place to visit is Van Gogh Museum, who lived in Amsterdam; as well as Stedelijk Museum, the biggest and most important museum of modern art. Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum) and the Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House) are also in the list of the most popular ones, so visiting this city, for sure dedicate some time for seeing as many of them as possible! But before - read our guide!
1. Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is located on the at the famous Museum Square. It was opened in 1973 and is the 2nd most visited museum of the Netherlands and the 35th museum in the world. In 2014, it had more than 1,5 million of visitors! The museum exhibits the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world. Also, there is a permanent exhibition of art works by Van Gogh's contemporaries in the Impressionist and post-Impressionist movements, as well as regular temporary exhibitions on one of the wings of the museum
Rijksmuseum is a national museum of Netherlands, dedicated to arts and history of the country. It is also located on the Museum Square and is the most visited museum of the country. The collection of the museum consists of more than 1 million of objects representing the period of 1200 - 2000, including masterpieces of such world famous artists as Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Rembrandt, and others. It also has a small Asian pavilion with not a very big, but still great collection of Asian art. This is definitely one of the top museums that you have to see in your life time!
3. Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is not just a museum, this is an emotional place wit ha deep and touching story behind that reflects the important pages of our common history. In fact, this is a historic house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. During the World War II, Anne Frank was hifding from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house in Amsterdam. Even though Anne didn't survive the war, her diary was published, and the museum was opened in the same house in 1960. In consists of an exhibition dedicated to Anne's life, and also of an exhibition about all forms of persecution and discrimination. This is the third most visited museum of Amsterdam.
4. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum is the biggest and most important centre of modern and contemporary art not only in Amsterdam, but in the whole country. Its collection is truly amazing and features such masterpieces of such world famous artists as 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. Don't miss your chance to see it with your own eyes!
5. Rembrandt House Museum
During 1639 - 1656, Rembrandt had actually lived and work here in this house. The museum was opened in 1911, and nowadays this is one of the most popular museums in Amsterdam. Its permanent exhibition features the greatest masterpieces of Rembrandt and contemporaries. Few years ago it was reconstructed on the inside to show how the house would have looked in Rembrandt's days. Definitely, a "must see" place in Amsterdam!
The only thing we would like to add is that planning a visit to these museums, keep in my mind that most probably you will have to wait in a long line, especially during high season and weekends. But take it as a positive sign - it means that the museums are really exciting and you will absolutely enjoy this experience! We promise!