Amsterdam is home to more than 90 museums and most of these are dedicated to fine arts. As the birthplace of some of the most influential artists of all time, Amsterdam is definitely a great place to visit for the art lovers. From the impressive works of Van Gogh to the remarkable masterpieces displayed at the Rijksmuseum, there are absolutely so many things that an art lover will find fascinating in Amsterdam. If you are not sure where to go, check out this list of the best Amsterdam art museums and galleries.
1. Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum is the best museum in the world to view some of the greatest Dutch artwork and paintings. One of the museum’s top attractions is The Night Watch, a masterpiece of Rembrandt van Rijn. Visitors will also enjoy viewing some of the most beautiful Golden Age paintings including the works of Vermeer, Hals, and Steen. Although Dutch Art that dates back to the 17th century is the main attraction at the museum, there’s also a huge display of artworks from around 1100 up until the present.
Price: Adult – € 17.50, Free entrance for aged 18 and below
Disability Access: All floors in the museum are serviced by lifts and visitors on wheelchair or rollator can access all galleries in the museum.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM
Tip – If you’re visiting the museum during the peak season, it may be a good idea to book a guided tour that comes with priority access. This also allows you to skip the queue outside. Or better yet, book the Rijksmuseum Skip-The-Line Ticket so you won’t have to line up along with the crowd.
2. Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam houses Netherland’s largest collection of contemporary arts and modern arts. Here, you’ll find everything from photography, ceramics to paintings by renowned artists, Calder, Klee, and Mondriaan. In 2013, the museum reopened after it has undergone refurbishment and expansion. The museum is definitely a must-visit for the lovers of modern art.
Price: Adults – € 17.50, Students – € 9
Disability Access: The Stedelijk museum is equipped with lifts, including special wheelchair lifts and toilets for disabled. The areas are all suitable for walkers, mobility scooters, and wheelchairs.
Opening Hours: Daily – 10 AM to 6 PM, Friday – 10 AM to 10 PM
Tip – If you wanted to do more in-depth research about the museum’s impressive collections, you can access the library reading room at the basement of the museum’s new wing.
3. Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum is perhaps the most popular museum in Amsterdam, which means that it’s also the busiest. Nevertheless, visiting this museum is definitely worth it. There’s a massive amount of art pieces to see here and more than 200 pieces of these are from Van Gogh’s works. The museum also features an interesting collection of 19th-century art, including the works of Van Gogh’s contemporaries. This is a great museum to visit if you want to learn more about Van Gogh’s life, one of the most influential figures in the history of Western art.
Price: Adult – € 18, Free entrance for aged 18 and below
Disability Access: The museum is devoted to ensuring easy accessibility for all disabled visitors and is equipped with a wide range of facilities for the use of disabled individuals.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM. Open on Fridays until 9 PM.
Tip – It would take roughly one hour to one and a half hour to explore the entire museum so plan your visit well. There’s a cafe inside the museum where you can hang out after spending some time in the museum.
4. The Moco Museum
The Moco Museum is dedicated to contemporary and modern art and is housed in a gorgeous 1900 villa designed by Eduard Cuypers, a popular Dutch architect. Opened in 2016, the museum has been at the forefront in promoting Amsterdam’s emerging Street Art movement. It’s the first-ever museum in the world to house a comprehensive exhibition of the works of a world-renowned graffiti artist, Bansky. The Moco Museum is owned by a private institution dedicated to advancing the Street Art movement and exposing it to a wider audience.
Price: Adult – € 12, Students – € 10, Youth (10 – 15 yrs. old) – € 7.50
Disability Access: The museum is housed in a historical villa housing, which, unfortunately has no elevator or staircases. Regretfully, visitors on wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday – 9 AM to 7 PM, Friday to Saturday – 9 AM to 8 PM
Tip – For safety concerns, trolleys, suitcases, and strollers are not allowed inside the museum so you have to leave these in your hotel.
5. Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam
The Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam is a museum that’s dedicated to showcasing art exhibitions obtained from St. Petersburg’s grand state Hermitage museum. Located along the banks of the Amstel river, the museum was housed in a former home that has been transformed into a beautiful art exhibition space. The art exhibitions are spread on two floors and include a large main hall on each part of the wing.
Price: All-in tickets for Adults – € 25, Ticket per Exhibit costs € 15. Kids 11 years old and below can enter for free
Disability Access: All areas and facilities in the museum are wheelchair-friendly. The building is equipped with three lifts and three disabled-friendly toilets. Wheelchairs and walkers are also available for use for a first come first serve basis.
Opening Hours: Open Daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. Ticket desk closes at 4:30 PM.
Tip – When planning a visit to the museum, it may be worth it to check their website to find out what’s on exhibit.
6. Rembrandt House Museum
The Rembrandt House is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. It showcases some of the most interesting aspects of his artistic craft as well as his life during the height of his career. Originally built in 1606, the house is relatively wide and was built in two adjacent lots. It contains more than 290 of the famous painter’s masterpieces, along with other items recovered during an archaeological survey of the area. Along with the works of Rembrandt, the museum also showcases a series of exhibitions, events, and presentations.
Price: Adults – € 13, Children aged 6 to 17 – € 4
Disability Access: It may be a bit difficult for disabled visitors to access Rembrandt’s old house because of the many floors with narrow staircases. Elevator can only reach the exhibition rooms located at the museum’s new wing.
Opening Hours: Open Daily from 10 AM to 6 PM
Tip – A visit to the museum should take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours so plan your visit well.
One of the most common mistakes that visitors make when visiting Amsterdam is thinking that they can simply show up to any of these museums and other attractions in the city, buy their tickets, and get inside. However, there are more than 18 million visitors that visit Amsterdam each year and the last thing you want on your vacation is to waste most of your precious time standing in the long lines. So to avoid these hassles, it’s highly recommended that you book your tickets in advance. For instance, you can avail of the I Amsterdam City Card, which is a great way to navigate the city and visit some of the museums mentioned above. You can also opt for the Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour, which is an easy and convenient way of getting around the city’s most famous attractions.