In addition to being a beautiful city, the cultural part of Amsterdam is another reason to love the place even more. Paulos and I are the type who do not give up at least one cultural tour on our trips and I find it super interesting to visit museums to learn a little more about the history of the place, discover curiosities and even new artists.
Despite having more than five museums in Amsterdam, I chose my favorites from this list. Even if cultural outings are not quite your style, try to give at least one chance to one of these places. I promise you will not regret it, after all, knowledge and reflections are never too much 😉
Van Gogh Museum
With huge collections of Van Gogh works, the Van Gogh Museum is one of the most sought after spaces by tourists visiting the city. The place is a paradise for those who like the works of the Dutch painter, as well as impressionist and post-impressionist art in general.
The museum has a super nice atmosphere and a lovely sunflower garden. This part of there alone is a great reason to get to know the place. Admission is free for children and young people up to 17 years old, but adults pay 18 euros. It’s a little expensive, but it’s worth going if you want to see Van Gogh’s famous works in person, like “Quarto em Arles”!
Anne Frank House
Important because it is a historic place and full of memories, the Anne Frank House is always full. The place, which currently functions as a museum, was where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. It was also there that she wrote her famous diary telling the experiences she had at the time.
The fact that you are in such an important and symbolic place is indescribable, you know? It is as if you went back in time to understand how those people lived. The notes, objects and photos scattered around the rooms make the walk even more striking. As it is a very busy tourist spot, I recommend that you buy the ticket in advance. Admission for adults costs 9 euros.
Like the Anne Frank House, the Rembrandt House is where the painter lived between 1639 and 1658. Several drawings and engravings made by him, as well as objects and furniture from the period, are preserved there. Also exposed are some works by Rembrandt teachers and artists who were inspired by him.
What is most interesting about this museum is knowing the place where the artist was inspired by several works. The paintings are also cool to understand his entire creative process. It is as if we could live a little of the experience of such a famous and important person.
The Rijksmuseum is a must for anyone who is passionate about art. It has the largest art collection in the city, including works by super renowned painters. Two of the most famous ones that you have probably studied or at least heard of are Frans Hals and Rembrandt. Although most of the collection is devoted to Dutch art, the museum also has a small collection of Asian art.
The museum’s architecture is also wonderful and right in front of it is the famous “I Amsterdam” sign, where thousands of tourists stopped to take pictures daily. Entrance to the Rijksmuseum costs 17.50 euros, but children and teenagers up to 19 years old pay nothing 🙂
Changing the theme a little, FOAM is the photography museum in Amsterdam. He changes his view regularly and exhibits both traditional photographs and multimedia and video works. The space also functions as an event center, so you can participate in workshops, lectures and tours.
Ah, it is important that you visit the museum website to find out what events will happen when you are in the city. Depending on the day, some areas of the space are closed and you run the risk of not knowing any part of the exhibition!
It is interesting to include museums in your travel itinerary, after all, each of them has a different characteristic that makes them unique. Paulo and I, for example, don’t miss visiting the Van Gogh Museum. If you want to see a little of our tour, just watch the vlogs 🙂