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Westerkerk

Westerkerk

What was, at the time, the largest Protestant church in the world was built in the Jordaan in 1631; it still boasts the highest church tower in the city. Several famous artists are buried here, including, rumour still has it, Rembrandt,... Read More

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Home to the largest collection of paintings by the world’s most famous troubled artist, some 200 in total, divided into periods – Paris, Arles, Auvers, and so on. Holland’s most visited museum also hosts excellent temporary... Read More

Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum

Ranging over three storeys, with a new wing large enough to accommodate large-scale installations and all manner of temporary exhibitions, the Stedelijk is the largest museum in the Netherlands for modern and contemporary art and... Read More

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

Reopened by Queen Beatrix in March 2013, in one of her last acts as reigning monarch, this renovated and rejuvenated national institution displays some of the best-known masterpieces by Rembrandt (including the stunning, wall-sized The... Read More

Rembrandthuis

Rembrandthuis

The grand house that Rembrandt bought and furnished for a small fortune in the mid 17th century has been faithfully recreated thanks to the minions who recorded its tiniest detail when the artist was forced to sell it 20 years later.... Read More

Oude Kerk

Oude Kerk

Amsterdam’s oldest building, the Old Church was originally made of wood and allowed the waters of the Amstel to flow into it. The current building was revamped and added to from the 14th to the 16th centuries; its beautiful... Read More

Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder

Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder

Literally translated as “Our Lord in the Attic”, this unusual attraction is a church hidden on the top floor of what is otherwise typical canal-side house. It came into being in the mid 17th century during the Reformation when... Read More

Nieuwe Kerk

Nieuwe Kerk

The recent venue for the ceremony of the royal succession, the New Church dates back to the late 17th century when it was rebuilt after a fire. As well as grand state occasions, it hosts exhibitions and recitals on an organ also... Read More

Museum Willet Holthuysen

Museum Willet Holthuysen

Bons vivants Abraham Willet ( 1825-1888) and wife Louisa Willet-Holthuysen lived in this impressive late 17th-century property, leaving behind a wealth of paintings, porcelain, glassware and objets d’art. These are... Read More

Museum van Loon

Museum van Loon

Built in 1672 and first occupied by Rembrandt protégé Ferdinand Bol, the opulent Museum van Loon echoes the splendour of Holland’s Golden Age. The house is named for later residents, the van Loons, who helped found the Dutch East... Read More

Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

What was inaugurated as Amsterdam’s Town Hall in 1655, is now a Royal Palace, and the only one of three used by the Dutch royal family that is open to the public. A renovation completed in 2009 allows visitors to admire fully the... Read More

Joods Historisch Museum

Joods Historisch Museum

A Museum of Jewish History was first opened in Amsterdam in 1932, only to be closed down by the Nazis and its treasures stolen. In 1987, it reopened at this hub of four synagogues, now filled with ceremonial artefacts and objets... Read More

Foam

Foam

The Photo Museum Amsterdam – hence the abbreviated name – usually has a series of eclectic temporary exhibitions running concurrently. The crowd-pleaser for the summer and autumn of 2013 is a show of classic-era David Bowie images... Read More

CoBrA Museum of Modern Art

CoBrA Museum of Modern Art

A centre for works by the artists of the groundbreaking CoBrA group, active in the immediate post-war period, whose members included Karel Appel, Eugene Brands and Corneille. The sleek space also hosts regular exhibitions of modern and... Read More

Beurs van Berlage

Beurs van Berlage

This late 19th-century former stock exchange today houses exhibitions, a café and sundry cultural events. Red-brick and functionalist, the Beurs still evokes the old days with its echoing trading floors and high ceilings. Note also the... Read More

Begjinhof

Begjinhof

An oasis of peace in the middle of the bustling city, the 14th-century convent of the Beguine Sisterhood features a secluded garden, tranquil courtyard and the English Reformed Church, the long-term place of worship for Amsterdam’s... Read More

Anne Frank Huis

Anne Frank Huis

One of the city’s most-visited attractions is this otherwise unremarkable canal-side house where the German-born Frank family hid from the Nazis for two years – and where youngest daughter Anne kept her famous diary. Her father... Read More

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

A number of quirky museums have opened around the city in the last few years, some rather risqué and not worthwhile. This one is just plain fun: it provides an entertaining look at what is a form of art in this part of the world. Works... Read More

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum

This imaginative and engaging journey through Amsterdam’s history and development is one of the best city-focused museums there is. Running from the early Middle Ages to the present day, its collection of eclectic artefacts includes a... Read More


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