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The Most Important Museums in Amsterdam

Updated on November 9, 2012

Museums in Amsterdam

If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam and want to see some of the culture this great city in the Netherlands you've come to the right place. I'm listing three of the museums that are a must see. The Rijksmuseum (which features Rembrandt), the van Gogh Museum (self-explanatory) and the Stedelijk Museum (Modern and Contemporary Art). The descriptions include the core collections of the museums and opening hours.

Vermeer Women in Blue
Vermeer Women in Blue

The Rijksmuseum

Owning a large collection of Masterpieces

This is the largest and grandest museum in the Netherlands dedicated to the historic Masters. There is an unparalleled overview of 17th century Dutch paintings. There are many paintings dating back to the Dutch Golden Age and other equally significant historic works. Among the artists prominently featured are Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer. There is a core collection but often there is also a temporary exhibition. In case you already visited it might very well be worth a second trip.

The Rijksmuseum is opened every day from 9:00 in the morning untill 18:00. The ticketdesk closes half an hour early.

Stedelijk Museum
Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum

Will Open Soon

On Saturday, September 22, Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands will open the new building of the Stedelijk Museum. The next day, on Sunday, September 23, the museum will open it's very modern doors to the general public. With a virgin new wing, the Stedelijk Museum is now able to show more art then ever. And it doesn't hesistate to bring out the big guns of it's famous collection.


The Stedelijk museum very much wants to to regain its place in the world as an avant-garde International Art Institution. The permanent collection on the ground floor will comprise of an overview of visual arts from the 1870s to the 1960s featuring, among others works by Vincent van Gogh, Karel Appel, Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock.


The rest of the ground floor will be occupied by a large collection of industrial design, graphic design and applied arts. Think of artist like Josef Hoffmann, Ettore Sottsass and Philippe Starck. Among the highlights of this part will be the complete Harrenstein Bedroom, 1926, by Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld. There will also be an exhibition around the influence of Bauhaus in the Netherlands.

Collection, 2nd floor

Collections of important art from the 1960s through the present will be featured on the 2nd floor. The recently expanded museum will showcase works by(among many others): Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. There will also be rooms devoted to the work of Willem de Kooning, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Barnett Newman and many other important artists.

Stedelijk museum

the new building is worth a visit on it's own.

Self Portrait Vincent van Gogh
Self Portrait Vincent van Gogh

The van Gogh Museum

In his regrettably shortlived career, Vincent van Gogh was extremely productive. An unbelievable 800+ paintings and more then 1000 drawings and prints were created by the famous artist. The van Gogh musuem is home to the greatest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the entire world. It offers an unique overview of his paintings giving insights into his development that can't be seen anywhere else. In addition to work by Van Gogh, the museum has a rich collection of other 19th-century art. The artists featured include many from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists school and some others most of Van Gogh's friends and contemporaries are represented. Artists who inspired the Dutch legend and artists who were inspired by van Gogh.

The van Gogh Museum is open every day between 10.00 and 18.00 (closed 1 January). On Friday it's open until 22.00. (the atmosphere is very good fridaynight and you can have a drink)


All three Museums in this article are located next to eachother on the Museumplein. Easy to reach by public transport!

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