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Two of the most famous Dutch artists, Rembrandt and Vincent van
Gogh, both have their own museums in Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum is also another must visit; for those who like their
oil on canvas, not rolled with tobacco.
The Royal Picture Gallery is in The Hague,
and the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.
Museums in Amsterdam
Museum of history and art telling the story of Amsterdam using a variety of presentation
techniques that include exhibitions of objects from the museum collection, as well as
audio-visual displays and interactive media. Hundreds of photos and around 225 fragments
of historic film, documentaries and movies from Dutch archives.
Anne Frank House:
The former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary, is now a well-known museum. The
museum tells the history of the eight people in hiding and those who helped them during
the war. Anne Frank's diary is among the original objects on display.
Archaeological discoveries, artefacts from ancient Egypt, centuries-old models of the
temple of Solomon and Herod, religious objects from the Judeo-Christian tradition and even
aromas bring Bible stories to life for visitors to the Biblical Museum; housed in two
historic buildings on the Herengracht canal.
Cobra Museum: (Sandbergplein
CoBrA was of exceptional importance for the development of modern art in the Netherlands.
Works by the artists who belonged to the related movements Vrij Beelden (1946) and Creatie
(1950-1955) are shown on a regular basis. Separate from its collection presentations, the
Cobra Museum also organises prominent exhibitions of international avant-garde art.
De Nieuwe Kerk:
In 1980, Queen Beatrix was officially inaugurated in De Nieuwe Kerk. With hundreds of
thousands of visitors every year, the church is one of the most attended exhibition
locations in the Netherlands.
Eye Film Museum: (Vondelpark 3)
Holland's museum for cinematography. The museum's collection of films covers the whole of
the history of cinema from the very first silent films, dating from the late 19th century,
up to the latest contemporary digital productions.
(Nieuwe Herengracht 14)
A branch of the Russian State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. If you can't make it to
Russia, you can see what's on exhibit in Amsterdam.
(Plantage Middenlaan 2a)
Originally, the Hortus was a medicinal herb garden, founded in 1638 by the Amsterdam City
Council. Thanks to the ships of the Dutch East India Company, the Hortus expanded quickly
in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The VOC ships brought not only herbs and spices, but also
exotic ornamental plants. There are more than 6,000 plants of some 4,000 species growing
in the garden and greenhouses.
Museum: (Prinsengracht, opposite 296)
Personally experience how life is on board a houseboat in an Amsterdam canal. The unique
location, in the Prinsengracht canal on the edge of the Jordaan, provides a fitting
background for the museum vessel. The vessel, on which the houseboat museum is
reconverted, was built in 1914 and has bore the name 'Hendrika Maria' ever since.
Jewish Historical Museum:
(Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1)
Collects objects and works of art associated with the religion, culture and history of the
Jews in the Netherlands and its former colonies. The museum has over 11,000 works of art,
ceremonial items and historical objects, although only five percent of these are on
The Cat Cabinet is the only museum in the world to feature a collection of objects d'art
wholly centred around the theme of the cat. The collection is intended as a comprehensive
portrayal of the cat in art and culture throughout the centuries.
National Maritime Museum:
The Scheepvaartmuseum is housed in the National Naval Depot, a former arsenal of the Dutch
Navy that is over 300 years old. The unique collection tells the story of the maritime
past of the Netherlands, with the jetty outside the Museum providing a permanent berth for
a replica of the Dutch East Indiaman 'Amsterdam'. Actors playing the sailors provide a
life-like impression of life on board the Amsterdam.
Museum: (Korsjespoortsteeg 20,)
The tribute to the Dutch author Multatuli (1820-1887), writer of the famous novel Max
Havelaar (1860), is located in the birthplace of the author. On the basis of objects from
his personal possessions the visitor is given an impression of life in the second half of
the 19th century. Amongst other things the museum possesses Multatuli's writing desk, his
library, the chaise longue in which he died, and books and pictures from the rich museum
Museum Van Loon:
The double-sized canal house dates from 1672. The first resident was the painter Ferdinand
Bol, one of Rembrandt's most famous pupils. In the nineteenth century, the Van Loon family
came to live in the house. The family's history is closely intertwined with that of
Amsterdam. Several Van Loons held important positions as city-mayors. Others, such as
Willem van Loon, fulfilled decisive functions in the Dutch East-India Company. The
characteristic dining room and magnificent salon can be hired for meetings and lectures.
Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder:
(Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40)
One of the most cherished museums in Amsterdam. The special atmosphere in this canal
house, with its 17th century period rooms and church in the attic, surprises any visitor.
The house where Rembrandt van Rijn lived and worked, from 1639 to 1658, is now a museum.
Rembrandt didn't pay off his mortgage and was declared bankrupt in 1656. The inventory of
Rembrandts property that was drawn up, when he went bankrupt, has survived and lists
the furniture, paintings, prints, drawings, statues, weapons and rare objects that are
found in each room. This inventory was used as the basis for a reconstruction of the
interior of Rembrandt's house.
While the restoration of the main building is underway (from December 2003 to 2008), the
Rijksmuseum will display the creme de la creme of its permanent collection in the newly
furnished Philips Wing. Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces offers the unique opportunity to
view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place. You can also view The Masterpieces
Palace: (The Dam)
The Royal Palace is one of three palaces (Huis ten
being the others) which the State has placed at the Queen's disposal by Act of Parliament.
Museum: (Museumplein 10)
With the opening of the renovated and expanded Stedelijk Museum, one-half of the ground
floor of the historic 1895 building will now be dedicated to an installation of visual
arts from the 1870s to the 1960s, presented in a dozen galleries.
One of the most fascinating anthropological museums in the Netherlands is housed in a
beautiful and historic building. It accommodates eight permanent exhibitions and an
ongoing series of temporary exhibitions, including both modern and traditional visual arts
and photographic works.
Museum: (Paulus Potterstraat 7)
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest
collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to
keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other
artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer
of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history.
(Plantage Kerklaan 61)
Using authentic objects as well as all kinds of modern techniques, the Dutch Resistance
Museum evokes a powerful atmospheric picture of the time, and recounts events
mainly on the basis of personal examples. A guided tour of the area outlines the history
of Amsterdam during the Second World War and includes the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the
statue of the Dokwerker, the Auschwitz monument and the former Register Office, which was
assaulted by the resistance in 1943.
Kroller-Muller Museum: (Houtkampweg
Helene Kroller-Muller, the daughter of a German industrialist, built up a large
collection of fine art. By 1935, her collection had grown large enough to fill a gallery
and she decided to transfer ownership to the Netherlands State; who had a museum
constructed for the collection, in Hogue Veluwe National Park. The museum was opened in
1938 and later enhanced by a sculpture garden in 1961, then a new wing in 1977.
The Kröller-Müller Museum boasts the second-largest
Van Gogh collection in the world: almost 90 paintings and over 180
Museums in Rotterdam
Belasting & Douane
Museum: (Parklaan 14-16)
The Dutch Tax & Customs Museum lets you look back on the broad panorama of twenty
centuries of Dutch tax history.
Boijmans van Beuningen Museum:
One of the main features of the new Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is its digital depot
directly behind the main entrance. Interaction between visitors, digital information and
tangible works of art takes centre stage.
As harbour activities gradually moved to areas like the Botlek, Europoort and the
Maasvlakte a visit to the museum gives you a taste of the typical sphere of the harbour
in the old days. In the Leuvehaven many ships, derricks and a steam elevator are moored.
The historical commercial vessels are often still in the original, ready-to-operate state
and open to visitors.
The museum building, quite a work of art itself, was designed by local architect Rem
Koolhaas and stages some 25 exhibitions a year (from Da Vinci to 19th century cat
portraits), in more than 3,300 square metres of exhibition space.
Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam:
The Natural History Museum is housed in the antique mansion, Villa Dijkzigt - built in
1852. In 1995 a modern glass, pavilion extension was added to the museum.
Formerly the Museum of Ethnology, the World Arts Museum focuses on 'encounters and
cross-cultural inspiration'. The museum relates its knowledge of cultures outside of
Europe to developments in Europe and the experience and perceptions of its visitors. It
also concentrates on the areas of origin of migrant communities in the Netherlands and
gives extra attention to Islam.
Witte de With: (Witte de
Established in 1990 as a centre for contemporary art with the mission to introduce
contemporary art and theory in the context of the City of Rotterdam as well as the
Netherlands as a whole.
Museums in The Hague
Haags Historisch Museum:
(Korte Vijverberg 7)
The Historical Museum of The Hague is housed in the former archery house of St.
Sebastians guild and dates from 1636. It is built on the spot of a gatehouse that
was used by the civic guard. Parts of its cross-vaulted basement have been incorporated in
the new archery house and can still be seen today.
Mauritshuis Royal Picture
Gallery: (Korte Vijverberg 8)
In the centre of The Hague, directly adjacent to the government buildings on the
Hofvijver, the mansion of Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau Siegen, governor-general of Dutch
Brazil, arose in about 1640. The core of the collection consists of masterpieces from the
Dutch Golden Age, including paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen and Frans Hals.
Museon: (Stadhouderslaan 37)
With 100 years history behind it, the former 'Museum for Education' now seeks to transfer
knowledge about man and his relation with nature and culture by providing easily
accessible information about topical themes and developments in science and society.
Gevangenpoort: (Buitenhof 33)
The Prison Gate museum is situated in the historical heart of The Hague, next to the
Hofvijver and across the street from the Binnenhof (the governmental buildings). In the
six centuries during which the Gevangenpoort was the main state prison of the Court of
Holland many more or less famous prisoners stayed within its walls for a shorter or longer
period. For the Dutch, Cornelis de Witt is the most famous.
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