Amsterdam, fondly nicknamed “Venice of the North,” is a very prominent city with many attractions for visitors. From restaurants to theaters, to its public parks and gardens, one can never grow bored in an area with such effervescence and antiquity.
Museum-lovers will have no shortage of venues in this grand European destination. With famous painters like Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, and Van Gogh coupled with such a colorful history, the city is a treasure trove of great art and museums. Here are five that will not disappoint:
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House and museum is likely the most well-known in Amsterdam, thanks to the diary of a little girl. A tour of the famous home takes visitors through the very rooms where Anne and her family hid during World War II.
Diary excerpts, notebooks, historical documents, and even personal belongings are on display in the museum and visitors can gain a unique perspective on these troubled times.
The largest Dutch national museum, the Rijksmuseum is a treasure of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, as well as historical articles and other artwork from the Dutch Golden Age at the peak of their trade and colonization period. Visitors will not forget the experience of standing before Rembrandt’s famous masterpiece “The Night Watch” or Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”.
In addition to paintings, the museum houses fine examples of sculptures from the Middle Ages through the 19th century. Furniture, grand tapestries, and textiles exemplify interior design of the period.
Van Gogh Museum
This museum contains the world’s largest collection of pieces by Van Gogh. Visitors can follow his life and development through his drawings, letters, and over 200 paintings. There are many self-portraits and although some of his most famous paintings are not housed here, with so many other fine pieces, visitors are likely to find a new favorite.
Rembrandt House Museum
This museum was Rembrandt’s home for 20 years during the mid-1600s. The house was originally purchased on installment when the artist received commission to paint “The Night Watch”. However, he was not able to meet the payments and eventually went bankrupt.
The house has been restored to provide a glimpse into life during the 17th century. One room is dedicated to his etchings and daily demonstrations are held of the process he used to create them. The museum is now home to nearly every one of Rembrandt’s etchings.
When you are ready to move from the classic artists of the 16th through 19th centuries, head on over to the Stedelijk museum. This museum is focused on modern and contemporary art and design with a wide-ranging list of exhibitions.
Exhibitions are rotating but have included photographs, video, book design, performance art, poster art and furniture design. The museum is cutting-edge and attempts to support modern art and artists by making them accessible to all.