Museums in Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions. Amsterdam has over fifty museums, which attract millions of visitors every year.
You can find some unique Dutch treats like the Heineken Experience, the Ajax Museum and the Houseboat museum:
Van Gogh Museum
Houses the richest collection in the world of works by Vincent van Gogh. The collection comprises over 200 paintings, 500 sketches and 700 letters from the artist, as well as his collection of Japanese prints. There are also paintings by Gauguin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and other artists from Van Gogh's circle. The museum organizes regular exhibitions highlighting new aspects of art at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century.
On Friday nights the Van Gogh Museum turns into a great night spot. With a bar in place they dim the lights in their central hall, turn up the stereo, pull out some lounge chairs and invite DJs and live acts to perform. Open from 18.00 to 22.00 it's perfect for unwinding from a week's work before kicking on elsewhere, into the night.
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This house, which dates from 1606 and in which Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1660, exhibits 250 of the 300 etchings Rembrandt created. The museum also owns a number of sketches by Rembrandt and paintings by, among others, his teacher Pieter Lastman and some by Rembrandt's apprentices.
Anne Frank House
A museum with a story: The Diary of Anne Frank, written in the years 1942-1944. Anne and her family hid from the German occupation forces until they were betrayed and deported. A number of exhibitions give an impression of the life of Anne Frank, in which the diary takes a central role. Temporary exhibitions demand consideration of racism, anti-semitism etc.
Amsterdam Historical Museum
Gives an overview of the history of Amsterdam from the thirtheenth century to the present using, among other things, archeological finds, models, silver and gold exhibits, glass, earthenware and porcelain. Also the only "museum street" in the world with a number of group portraits from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357/ Kalverstraat 92
Have you been wondering about the interiors of the 2,500 houseboats in Amsterdams canals? On board Houseboat Museum Hendrika Maria you can see how homely and romantic life on the water is.
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After drastic renovation work the Stedelijk Museum, one of the pillars of Amsterdam’s museum world, will be reopening its doors to the public in Spring 2010. The renovation work comprised the complete restoration of the existing building and the construction of a new extension. The building’s entrance is in Amsterdam’s famous Museumplein. The museum is organising exhibitions, projects, workshops and other activities throughout Amsterdam. Stedelijk Goes to Town is a count-down to the grand re-opening on the Museumplein.
The Stedelijk Museum’s collection comprises world-famous works of art. The museum has an interesting collection of Cobra and expressionist works by Karel Appel, Willem de Kooning and other artists and also boasts the most important Malevich collection worldwide. Besides famous works of pop art by the likes of Andy Warhol you will also find paintings by Matisse and Picasso here. All in all a unique museum ranking among the very best in the world. At its reopening, the Stedelijk Museum will present exhibitions focusing on the work of two highly influential artists and designers: Mike Kelley and Francis Alÿs.
The Hermitage museum on the Amstel river is the Dutch branch of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg (Russia). Hermitage Amsterdam is the only dedicated, independently managed venue in the West of St Petersburg’s magnificent State Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage Amsterdam is situated in the Neerlandia Building, adjacent to the Amstelhof building. Phase 1 of the Hermitage Amsterdam has been open to the public since 2004. Phase 2 in the former nursing-home Amstelhof opened it’s doors to the public on June 20th 2009. Art from Russia will be assigned even more space in Amsterdam as the 17th century Amstelhof building is almost ten times the size of the former Hermitage Amsterdam.
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Largest collection of art in the Netherlands, the basis of which was laid at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The most visited section is the collection of Dutch old masters from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, including works by Rembrandt (22), Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. There is also a prints room with approximately 700,000 prints and drawings; sculptures, furniture, silver, glass, porcelain; a Dutch History section and an Asiatic Art section.
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Jewish Historic Museum
Based in the three synagogues of the restored High German synagogue complex from the 17th and 18th century. Subjects: Jewish religion, zionism, persecution and survival, Jewish culture in the Netherlands and the socio-economic history of Jews in the Netherlands.
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From Tina Turner to Vincent Van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe to the Dutch Royal Family, the world's greatest celebrities and legends invite you to join them on a spectacular journey through time and space.
National centre for science and technology. NewMetropolis wants to interest people of all ages in science, technology and industry. The building was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and has the contours of a ship. The immense green building is located about 15 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station.
National Maritime Museum Amsterdam
One of the largest maritime collections in the world: including some 500 authentic ships' models and dozens of charts, navigation instruments, weapons, flags and paintings, especially from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At the museum quay is a replica of the VOC ship 'Amsterdam', an East Indiaman from the seventeenth century. At the moment East Indiaman Amsterdam is moored at science center NEMO.
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