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Amsterdam: Madame Tussauds Ticket

1. Amsterdam: Madame Tussauds Ticket

Sparkle amid the stars with this ticket to Madame Tussauds in the heart of Amsterdam. Drink a cup of coffee with George Clooney, get your picture taken with members of the Dutch Royal family and pick up your paintbrush alongside world-famous artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt. If you are you dreaming about a career as a real TV-host, come and discover your presentation skills at the new TV studio by reading the autocue. Or is music more your thing? How about recording a duet with Adele in the recording studio, or joining DJs Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell or Martin Garrix in the DJ booth. Immerse yourself into this amazing interactive world. You’ll never see as many stars in Amsterdam as at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

2. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

The Amsterdam Dungeon is an uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back into the Netherlands’ most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear. Multiple different shows and a team of ten professional actors will give an unforgettable performance which will be terrifying and hilarious at the same time, depending on your tolerance for fear. Some of the attractions include figuring your way out of a dark labyrinth, witnessing a witch burn, encountering the ghost of a tortured woman and being tried by a Spanish Inquisitor. Discover the newest show 'The Flying Dutchman' in which a cursed legend comes to life. Will you survive his revenge? In 1651, you find yourself in a rough bar in the Amsterdam of old. 10 years after the legendary ship The Flying Dutchman disappeared, a sinister bar owner awaits the return of the cursed captain who is out for revenge.

Amsterdam: 5D Flight Experience Entrance Ticket

3. Amsterdam: 5D Flight Experience Entrance Ticket

Visit This is Holland and learn the history of Holland while enjoying 4 entertaining shows and experiencing a 9-minute flight simulation over the country's must-see locations. Embark on a 5D flight over Holland and see the Kinderdijk windmills, the canals of Amsterdam, the flower fields, The Delta Works, the port of Rotterdam, and countless other Dutch landmarks from an entirely different perspective. During the 5D flight experience, you will be hanging inside a sphere-shaped screen with your hands and feet dangling free. Moving with the images, you’ll imagine yourself floating above Holland for a period of 9 minutes. Special effects like wind, mist, and scent complete this unique experience. After the 5D flight experience, you can learn more about the attractions that drew your attention during the flight. THIS IS HOLLAND devotes special attention to the 10 areas of Holland that are listed as official UNESCO World Heritage sites. You’ll find out a lot about Holland in a very short time.

Amsterdam: Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

4. Amsterdam: Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

Play a 45-minute glow-in-the-dark mini-golf game in Amsterdam. Enter a pirates and villains themed course and discover how much fun it is to play golf in the dark. Experience an afternoon in the world of Michiel de Ruyter, the famous Dutch admiral, and pirates and villains as magical black lights provide an exciting effect.  Glow-in-the-dark mini golf is fun for everyone, whether you are young or old, or hosting a children’s party, company event, or bachelor’s party.

Amsterdam: Fabrique des Lumières Time Slot Entry Ticket

5. Amsterdam: Fabrique des Lumières Time Slot Entry Ticket

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam by taking a trip to the innovative Fabrique des Lumières, an immersive digital art center located in the Westergas area. With your timed-entry ticket, discover the amazing masterpieces of classical and modern artists in a whole new way. Visit this large industrial space with walls up to 17 meters high, which hosts fantastic art exhibitions by artists of all eras. With advanced technology, the artworks are brought to life through light projections and accompanying music. Marvel at the grand opening exhibition, which features the stunning artwork of renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt and contemporaries, followed by a short exhibition of the colorful and playful masterpieces of fellow Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Two contemporary experimental video creations about photons ('Journey') and the workings of memory ('Memories') are part of the adventure too.

Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

6. Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with an I amsterdam City Card, and enjoy free entrance to many of the city's top museums and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. The card also comes with discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds, and Amsterdam Dungeon. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours from first use, unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for the duration of your card allows you to get around quickly. You can also enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam.. Complete listing offers included in the I amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions: •Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam •A'DAM Lookout •Amsterdam Museum •Amsterdam Pipe Museum •Amsterdam Tulip Museum •Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam •ARTIS Royal Zoo •ARTIS Micropia •ARTIS Groote Museum •Cobra Museum Amstelveen •Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum •Do-It-Yourself Foodie Tour •Embassy of the Free Mind •EYE Filmmuseum •Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam •Fun Forest •Gassan Diamonds •Geelvinck Pianola Museum •Het Grachtenhuis - Museum of the Canals •Hermitage Amsterdam •Hermitage - Museum of the Mind •Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden •Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography •Jewish Cutural Quarter - Portugese Synagogue •Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter •Luther Museum •Moco Museum •Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum •Multatuli Museum •Museum de Dageraad •Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic •Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Rembrandt House Museum •Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture •Museum Tot Zover - Funeral Museum •Museum Van Loon •Museum Willet-Holthuysen •De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam •Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage •Oude Kerk •Rijksmuseum •Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime Museum •Science Center NEMO •The Studio NEMO •Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives •Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam •THIS IS HOLLAND •Tropenmuseum •Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum •Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum Amsterdam Metropolitan Area In Haarlem: •Frans Hals Museum •Teylers Museum •Free Canal Cruise In Volendam/Marken: •Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) •Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: •Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans: •Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience •Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) •Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House •Tsar Peter House, Zaandam •Mill Museum •Zaan Time Museum •De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill) •De Kat (Chalk Mill) •De Schoolmeester (Paper Mill) •Het Jonge Schaap (Sawmill) In Muiden: •Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot •Amsterdam Fortress Island Pampus In Naarden: •Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting In Laren: •Singer Laren In Zaanse Schans: •Free Ferry from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans Freebies: •De Drie Fleschjes - Free shot of genever (18+) •Holland Casino Amsterdam - Free entrance (18+) •Haarlem Tourist Office Free canal cruise in Amsterdam: •Blue Boat Company •Canal Company Canal Cruise •Gray Line The #1 Canal Cruise •Lovers Canal Cruises •Amsterdam Circle Line B.V. Free 24h Bike Rental 25% discount – Music & Stage •Bimhuis – Jazz •Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre •Het Concertgebouw - Classical music •Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music •Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% discount - Attractions •The Amsterdam Dungeon •Amsterdam Harbour Cruise •Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+) •Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours •Body Worlds •Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise •Fabrique des Lumieres •Fashion for Good Museum Amsterdam •Heineken experience •House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) •Het Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet •Madame Tussauds Amsterdam •Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets •NXT Museum •Once Upon a Time •Our House •Rembrandts Amsterdam •STRAAT museum •Upside Down Amsterdam •25% discount - Transport & Rentals •Pedal boat •Bicycle rental & Bike Tours •Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself 25% discount - Food & Drink •Bar Bitterbal •Blue Amsterdam •Dijkers Eten & Drinken •Pancakes Amsterdam •The Pancake Bakery •Restaurant de Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis •Restaurant-Café In de Waag •Restaurant Pasta e Basta •Restaurant Wagamama - Asian restaurant •Taverne de Visscer •Zuiderzee Museum

Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

7. Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

Explore how happiness influences the health of the human body, and discover answers to other mysteries of human life at Amsterdam’s Body Worlds: The Happiness Project. This fascinating new exhibition by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, centrally located on Amsterdam's Damrak, features more than 200 anatomical specimens of authentic human bodies, all utilized to demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human form. Suitable for adults and children, the interactive show also features an adults-only exhibition in the basement that has attracted over 40 million visitors worldwide. The only exhibition of its kind to make use of a donor program, Body Worlds is a scientific exploration of how happiness can affect both your body and soul.

Amsterdam: Roller Dreams Roller Skating Rink Ticket

8. Amsterdam: Roller Dreams Roller Skating Rink Ticket

Step into a hypnotizing world of glitter and neon lights and be transported to the 80s roller skating scene with this ticket for the Roller Dreams Skating Rink in Amsterdam. Groove to a thrilling mix of music, dance, and roller skating. Meet your host and collect a pair of fresh, brand-new skates. Put on your skates and make your way to the glitzy dance floor. Enjoy trying some moves under the neon lights. Have the option of purchasing some drinks. Capture some selfie's while you show of your 80s glam. Let the music send you back in time while you make some new memories.

Amsterdam's Weirdest Museum: Believe It or Not!

9. Amsterdam's Weirdest Museum: Believe It or Not!

Go on a journey of discovery at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amsterdam and enter Ripley's Pop Culture Gallery to see a collection of amazing art made of bizarre and unusual materials. Admire a Bugatti carved out of wood and a 7-meter long robot made of car parts. Discover curiosities from ancient cultures. See real shrunken heads from the Amazon and an authentic spacesuit from Russia. There's even a miniature version of the Bible that was carried on board Apollo 14. Take photos of remarkable people from around the world and come face to face with the 2.7-meter tall Robert Wadlow. Gasp in awe at the "Lizard Man" who underwent body modification to look like a real lizard. You are also invited to immerse yourself in Dutch culture. Enter a replica of a traditional windmill or try on some huge clogs. Bring your imagination to life in the themed rooms and learn more curious facts about this amazing city at the museum.

Amsterdam: Streetart Museum STRAAT Entrance Ticket

10. Amsterdam: Streetart Museum STRAAT Entrance Ticket

Get blown away by the creativity on display at the world’s largest street art museum. Admire a collection of more than 150 artworks by 130+ artists, providing a fair reflection of the variety of styles, techniques, motifs, content, and locations found in street art. See the work of upcoming talents and already renowned artists, all of whom must be or must have been active on the street scene. Delight in the particularity of a collection whose works were created in situ. Sense the pulse of the street art scene in a museum where new artworks are constantly being produced. Discover the STRAAT Gallery where stunning solo and focused group exhibitions showcase the history and future of urban contemporary art. To the left of the main hall, the STRAAT Gallery seeks to magnify the diversity and range of culture, giving prominence to the urban street art movement around the globe. While wandering around the artworks and gallery, get an enchanting view of the art from the museum’s panoramic deck. There, you can also enjoy some drinks and snacks at the café. Consider visiting the museum at night when the artworks are lit magically by first-rate light technicians. Marvel at the interactions of the illuminations and the artworks.

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Family-friendly things to do: Things to do in Amsterdam with kids

Wondering how many things there are to do in Amsterdam with kids? You might be surprised. Within the cobblestone streets and canals, there is plenty of family fun to be had. Inspire your aspiring artists with the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Show them the city from thrilling heights at A’dam Lookout or the THIS IS HOLLAND Flight Experience. Take your youngsters back in time at the Dutch Costume Museum or Castle Muiderslot. A trip to Amsterdam is full of things to do that can delight, inspire, and teach everyone in the family.

Visiting the Rijksmuseum

Turn a trip to the museum into a mystery. Even the most distracted child, or adult, will be enthralled by these puzzles. They also may learn a little about art and history. Families work together to uncover secrets at various locations to solve one of eight mysteries. Or, if you just want to wander, the museum offers family-friendly guides to highlight which of the 8,000 items you might want to visit. Perhaps it’s the dollhouses, or maybe the suits of armor. If you’re there on the weekend, your little artists may want to try their hands at the Rembrandt drawing lessons.

Strollers are probably a good idea for wandering the three floors and 80 galleries. They even have a few to rent. There’s a coat room to check larger bags, and there are baby changing facilities. The café has a children’s menu and, in the atrium, there is a dining area for those who bring their own food and drink.

Visiting THIS IS HOLLAND

Take the family on the ultimate scenic route through the skies. Fully 5D, you’ll feel like you’re flying through the skies over Amsterdam. Feet dangling down, wind whipping all around you, fresh air breezing by, this experience takes you over Dutch dikes, windmills, and landmarks. Fly on a thrilling ride while learning about how Holland came to be.

Note that there are lockers for small bags, but no storage for strollers. Children under 4 and anyone under 3 feet tall are not allowed on the ride. If you get hungry, you will find a concession area for snacks and drinks.

Visiting the National Maritime Museum

Make Amsterdam a true port of call for your family. Tour the Amsterdam (the ship) and shoot a cannon before going below to see how seamen lived. Let your sailors young and old see if they can make it at sea through the Life on Board exhibit. If they answer all the questions and don’t catch scurvy, they might make it to captain. Or visit Tales of the Whales and learn how these gigantic creatures became endangered (hint, it has to do with fat.).

There is a coat room for storage, although you might want to bring your stroller along as some baby carriers are not allowed. You can bring your own food and drink, but you can only eat outside the main building and exhibitions.

Visiting Muiderslot

Send the kids on a quest for fun and knowledge. Muiderslot is excellently preserved so they can imagine themselves back in medieval times. With a drawbridge and moat, find out how water can be a weapon. Exploring the castle and grounds, they can complete quests for a reward. And depending on the time of year, they can also see knights at battle or visit the Falconer. More than just falcons, learn about the different birds of prey that used to be kept in the castles.

There’s a coat room to store bags and carriers but keep a changing mat handy. You will also find a café and gift shop for snacks and souvenirs. The children’s activity is for kids 6 to 11 and requires adult supervision.

Visiting Tun Fun

Sometimes everyone needs a little break from sightseeing. Tun Fun is a fantastic option for a bit of jumping and playing. It’s underground, so it’s also an escape from any rain or cold outside. Babies and toddlers have soft mats and slides and cuddly toys. Older kids can hit the bounce house, trampolines, or climbing walls. Adults can relax and watch from the terraces with some coffee and snacks or plan the next stop with the free Wi-Fi.

To make it even easier for you, there’s a baby changing station and lots of food options for kids. Only outside food and drink for special dietary needs allowed. They only accept payment from debit cards with PINs, so you may want to check that your cards are compatible beforehand.


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What people are saying about Amsterdam

In-depth, great interactive activities and exhibits. Hands-on activities, all things science. Great fun! Catered for kids of course (they could happily spend all day), but you can still have a great time as an adult in a few hours too!

Not to miss if you’re a fan of street art! The venue is an awesome warehouse where multiple artists are featured, with different styles from graffiti’s to conceptual art. We loved it!

Excellent facility and very cool “flying” experience… cheaper to buy online than at the counter… friendly and efficient staff… whole thing lasts around 45min

Very exciting, high energy ..... we were there..... school Field trip and there was a lot of energy.

This was a fantastic show, and the best thing, easily, we did on our trip to Amsterdam.