We all know that Amsterdam is a unique city in every possible way. If you come here not only for the great parties but also for the historical part of the city you will find yourself surprised by the number of museums that you can visit. If you are into old school art you have a large palette of choices just as:
The Van Gogh Museum
In the Van Gogh Museum you can find built the biggest collection of Van Gogh’s art in the entire world. This assemblage is made out of more than a thousand drawings and letters and almost two hundred paintings. The tour is created as an evolution of the artist’s work and in this way every room represents a period of Van Gogh’s work, arranged chronologically. The museum opened its gate in 1973, in the Museum Square (at a short distance from Rijksmuseum) and it was an attraction ever since. The price of one ticket it’s 17 euros for adults and free for children under 18 years.
Opening Times: Sunday – Thursday 9:00 – 18:00, Friday – Saturday 9:00 – 22:00
Rembrandt House Museum
The museum is situated in the original residence of Rembrandt van Rijn that was successfully renovated. The contemporary air given by the reconstruction hides a large part of the art collection from the Dutch master. Most of the gorgeous pieces survived bankruptcy and were put up for auction.
Now, if you are an adult you can pay €12.50 to see them or €4 if you have between 6-17 years. The entrance is free for children under six.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
If you have problems of losing your patience Rijksmuseum won’t be the best option for you, being the most crowded museum in the country. Annually, it hosts over two million people that can see approximately eight thousand exponents from all the important periods of history and all the famous artists. In this museum, there are stored over one million objects of art that are being exposed rotary so if you want the chance to see all the great pieces of art you will have to come visiting more than once. After a ten-year renovation, the principal wing was reopened, doubling the exhibition space. You can see all of this for free if you are under 18 years and for €17.50 if you are an adult. Even though it seems kind of pricy it is definitely a “Must see” place in Amsterdam.
Opening Times: Daily 09:00 – 17:00
On the other hand, for people with an affinity for contemporary art or for even more eccentric things Amsterdam has a solution for this just like:
Here you can find the most complete collection of contemporary art in the city signed by famous artists just like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock or even Vincent Van Gogh. The Stedelijk Museum is a mix of photography, paintings, sculpture, making a total of 90.000 of art pieces. It is also located in the Museum Square and can be visited for €15 for adults. If you are a lover of modern art, put yourself in the row and enjoy the journey.
The Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is still the most famous hide-outs in history and even though in was scheduled for demolition in the 1950s it survived due to an action of protesters. The reputation of the museum grew in the following years becoming one of the most visited in the city. The location wasn’t changed in appearance from the original when the Frank Family was living there. The main attraction is the “Secret Annex” that hosts a various number of artifacts or a close remake for the ones that were destroyed by the Nazis. This stays as a pillar for the power of family bonds.
Just across Anne Frank House you can find a small museum with two floors made as a celebration of Dutch cow work. The place is great for all the cheese lovers and the free samples of Gouda cheese will make the museum a great resting place for gaining some extra energy. Also, here you can find a diamond-encrusted cheese slicer that is worth $34,000 and it is rated as the most expensive object of this kind.
- Monday to Sunday : 9:00-19:00
The Cat Cabinet
The Dutchman Bob Meijer, a wealthy citizen that tried to honor his deceased cat (Tom), can easily win a contest of cat loving. All the art that are there, are cat related and they are made to give you a big smile. And because a cat museum it is not a cat museum without cats, you will meet there five permanent inhabitants and an eccentric friend of theirs: a 19-year-old tortoise.
- Tuesday- Friday: 10:00-16:00
- Saturday, Sunday: 12:00-17:00
Museum of Bags and Purses
A non-conformist kind of museum in which you can find handbags from all eras and trends. Every fashionista should visit at least once this place just to know the history of their favorite accessories. One of the most eye-catching objects is a pre-mobile telephone bag that includes a handset, a dialer and a wire to plug it into the wall.
- Monday – Sunday : 10:00-17:00
All in all, if you consider visiting Amsterdam you should really think of all the possibilities for tourists because this city is full of unknown jewelry that is waiting to spark just for you. So put your comfy shoes and start the day with a long walk; this is the only way if you want to make sure that you don’t miss anything great.