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Top sights in Amsterdam
Formerly known as the Amsterdam History Museum, this cultural treasure trove is a must-do for anyone eager to learn about the city's rich history. Here are five reasons you can't miss it!
Not only is it easily reached in central Amsterdam, the museum is housed in an old orphanage, developed over time by the city's leading architects!
The collection of Dutch paintings is one of Amsterdam's more modest, but lesser known works from famous names like Rembrandt provide a charming alternative to the larger galleries.
Among the curios illustrating the city's past is the barrel organ damaged when hidden Nazi soldiers emerged to kill 22 in an ambush on liberation celebrations in 1945.
The former Amsterdam History Museum outgrew its old name as it began to shed more light into the city's modern culture, from cycling and prostitution to Ajax soccer fandom!
Despite being spread chronologically across three floors, a lot of knowledge can be gleaned in a short space of time due to its efficient layouts and interactive exhibits.
The Amsterdam Museum is open daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM, though closed on April 27th (King's Day) and December 25th (Christmas). It doesn't open until noon on January 1st and closes an hour early on December 5th, 24th, and 31st. Some generous concessions are offered on ticket prices and entry is free with the I Amsterdam City Card or the Museumkaart.
The Amsterdam Museum is inaccessible by car but is just a short walk from Dam Square. The closest tram stops are Spui (lines 1, 2, and 5) and Rokin (4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25).
- When should I visit?
- 10:00AM to 5:00PM daily, but check ahead of time for holiday closures in December.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult tickets are only €12.
- Will I need a guide?
- You won't need a guide for the museum, but other tours in the area are definitely worth it!
- How to get there
- It's just a short walk from Dam Square, or take tram lines 1, 2 or 5 to Spui, or lines 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 to Rokin.
- Additional information
- Photography is allowed, but not with a tripod. | Some areas are not accessible for the disabled.
What people are saying about Amsterdam Museum
The auto set was such a benefit to our 11 year old daughter. She learned a lot and kept busy. That gave my husband and I time to read all the informative information and really view the art. It was a highlight of Amsterdam for us! Buying tickets online was so quick and easy! No waiting in line! If you must take a larger purse or backpack you’ll have to check it. No cost but the line was long. Go all the way down to the furthest row. The wait was shorter. We spent 3.5 hours and felt like we saw everything.
The planning of the presentation of Van Gogh and his contemporaries and influencers is done very well. The special exhibition with Hockney is excellent. From a practical experience. Visitors spend a lot of time with their backpacks and garderobe. It is not well organized and is chaotic and cumbersome. The prices of goods and items in the shops are not good value for money.
An amazing building with enough space to avoid queuing at each exhibit. Works are beautifully curated to feel like a progression through VG's life and style. Café and shop are great value and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. I'm only sorry I didn't leave time to visit the Hockney exhibition as well.
It is a very well planned and beautifully laid out exhibit of not only the artisit’s work but the corresponding influences both personal and artistic. Many times however his works were difficult to see because of terrible glare from very poorly designed lighting.
I have been to the VGM many times and I will go back there again in the future. It's a must see in Amsterdam so don't miss it if you are visiting this awesome city. Not only it has great pieces but the painter's history is well described in English! Love it!