The 5 Most Amazing Museums You Should Not Miss in Amsterdam!‍

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February 9, 2022
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Spending a few days in Amsterdam and want to make the most of your time there? How about visiting some of the world-famous museums while you're here? Check out our list of the best museums to visit while you're there in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is known for its elaborate tapestry of canals, artistic culture, and bikes. You'll witness Amsterdam's beauty even before landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Being the most populous city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam's famous canals also have earned the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There's a whole bunch of things to do in Amsterdam. Still, we feel like exploring Amsterdam's museum is a must-do on your itinerary. You might be interested in immersing yourself in the city's rich art, history, or culture. Or, you'll want to discover what Amsterdam's weird and wacky sides Amsterdam has to offer. You'll be able to do both by visiting one of Amsterdam's most exceptional museums!

Amsterdam's must-visit museums
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What are the best ways to visit these museums?

It's both a blessing and a curse that so many museums are available to visit in Amsterdam. If you want to make the most savings and know that you're going to be visiting a lot of museums on your travels, it might be worth considering one of the museum cards the city offers. 

I Amsterdam Card

We've previously mentioned that it's both a blessing and a curse. If you've got the time and budget, why not turn the curse into more blessing? Check out the I Amsterdam Card.

The I Amsterdam Card gives you free access to over 70 museums, city-wide public transport, a canal cruise, and bike rental. It can also give you discounts on a host of restaurants, attractions, and concerts. Purchasing an I Amsterdam card works by picking how many hours you will use it, ranging from 24 hours for $65 to 120 hours for $135. If you're looking to do a wide variety of activities and use public transport, this could be a worthwhile option. 


Museumkaart is how you know the city's rich full of museums that'll have to visit. Museumkaart is a dream come true for those travelers that love to spend most of their time in museums learning new history, culture, and tradition.

The Museumkaart, or Museum Card in English, is as advertised. A museum-only all-access card gives you free unlimited access to over 450 museums in Amsterdam, costs roughly $75, and is valid for one year. If you're going to spend some time in Amsterdam and want to make the most of your time, this could be a good option. It gives you a much wider breadth of museums so you can immerse yourself in all things Amsterdam until your heart is content. 

Museums to visit with museumkaart Amsterdam
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Top 5 Must-Visit Museums to see.

Van Gogh Museum

A musuem that needs no introduction. A museum that people fly specifically to Amsterdam to see. It's the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh Museum spotlights the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh, the famous Dutch post-impressionist painter. In 2017 it was the most-visited museum in the Netherlands, racking up 2.3 million visitors. In 2019, it launched the Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience, which uses technology to bring Van Gogh's work to life and toured globally. 

If you're looking to learn more about the artist behind the work or want to see some of his most famous paintings up close, the museum is well worth a trip. 

If you've decided to head there, you should know that not all Van Gogh's most famous pieces are actually in the museum. You'll be able to learn more about why his artworks are spead throughout the world in the Van Gogh Museum! If you want to see paintings such as Starry Night or Self-Portrait, you must visit elsewhere. 

Suppose you're a fan of Impressionism, interested in art, or want to learn more about one of the world's most famous artists. In that case, the Van Gogh museum is a great place to visit. Conveniently located in Museumplein, the Van Gogh museum is also located within walking distance to several other fantastic attractions in Amsterdam. 

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
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Stedelijk Museum

If you're interested in modern art, then the Stedelijk museum is the best museum to visit. Again, located in Museumplein, you can truly immerse yourself in all things culture and art in Amsterdam. The museum's collection holds almost 90,000 exhibits and is divided into categories like; painting, sculpture, graphic design, and photography, to name but a few.

It features artists such as Andy Warhol, Henri Mattise, and Jason Pollock. If you want to gain an insight into contemporary art and culture in Amsterdam, this is the one for you.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
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Anne Frank's House

If you're only going to visit a single museum in Amsterdam, it has to be Anne Frank's House. Dedicated to World War II diarist Anne Frank, this museum pays homage to her life. The museum exhibit emphasizes the discrimination and horrible atrocities the Jewish people encountered under Nazi rule in WWII. It's an incredibly moving and educational experience and is worth visiting.

The museum is located in the actual house where Anne Frank and her family hid for over two years. The place feels small and narrow that it's incredible to think of a family living up there for such a long time. The Anne Frank's Museum contains a permanent exhibition underlining the life of Anne Frank and her family, their conserved hiding place, and a display with themes of german oppression. If you only visit one museum in Amsterdam, make sure it's this one. 

Amsterdam Anne Frank's House Museum


The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam's largest museums located in Museumplein alongside the Van Gogh museum. 

The Rijksmuseum contains collections dedicated to the arts and histories of the Netherlands. It even showcases works from Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh as well. The Rijksmuseum can display up to 8000 pieces at any one time, so if you're thinking of visiting, you will most likely need a lengthier trip to enjoy it truly.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel

We weren't lying when we said Amsterdam's full of all kinds of museums. Yes, you read the section right.

One of the slightly wackier museums you can visit in Amsterdam is the sex museum. If you're after a fun and different way to spend your time, then this is the one for you. Upon entering the museum, you'll be welcomed by muffled sounds of pleasure alongside two giant phalluses providing an excellent photo opportunity. Filled to the brim with artefacts, art, photographs, and other bizarre objects, these collections will give you a newfound appreciation of all things human sexuality. If you're interested in spending a few hours in the center of Amsterdam, then this is worth your time. 

See More Museums in Amsterdam!

There is a definitive list of the best museums to visit in Amsterdam to suit whatever takes your fancy. Amsterdam has such a wide variety of arts, culture, and history that there is something so suits all interests. Whether you want to explore more traditional museums or the slightly weirder ones, Amsterdam has some of the best selection of museums in Europe. 

Amsterdam Museums to see
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Regardless of which museums you'll be visiting in Amsterdam, you'll be sure to have a great time. While you're in the city, it might be best to catch up on all of the best neighborhoods in Amsterdam to stay in to know you're getting the most out of your trip!

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Originally published on:  
January 18, 2022

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