A Museums Tour of Amsterdam
A trip to Amsterdam is an exciting experience, there’s a lot going on is this vibrant European town both during the day and at night. Amsterdam has become one of the top ‘short break’ destinations where visitors can kick back and enjoy the wonderful ambiance of a truly cosmopolitan city.
There is a selection of museums that attract visitors from all over the world – the Van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum being just two of them. Art lovers can immerse themselves in the superb displays of masterpieces in contemporary and classic settings that suit these works of art so well. Below are a few of the museums to put on a list of ‘have to visit’ attractions found in Amsterdam.
Rijksmuseum – So Very Dutch
This wonderful museum has been undergoing a massive renovation that is due to be completed in 2013. The building was designed by PJH Cuypers and originally completed in 1876. It is the largest museum in the entire country and houses some of the most famous Old Master paintings which naturally include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. Rembrandts’ The Night Watch takes pride of place in the museum along with many other works of art from around the world.
The museum is located on Jan Luijkenstraat 1 – 1071 CJ Amsterdam
Opening hours: Daily from 9:00-18:00 hours – Friday till 22:00hrs
The museum has wheelchair access
Van Gogh Museum – Not to be Missed
This wonderful museum is home to the world’s biggest collection of Van Gogh works together with other major works by many other known 19th century artists. There is no other museum or art gallery in the world that houses so many of Vincent Van Gogh’s works – taking visitors from the artists’ early years through to his later works in a superbly well laid out setting.
The museum is located on Paulus Potterstraat 7 – 1071 CX Amsterdam
Opening hours: Daily 10.00 – 18.00 hours – Friday 10.00 – 22.00 hours
The museum has wheelchair access
Anne Frank House – A Walk Back in Time
Anne Frank wrote her now very famous diary in a house which today is one of the most visited museums in Amsterdam. The house is the actual hiding place where Ann Frank hid with her family for over two years during World War II. The museum now displays her original diary and the Secret Annex has been perfectly preserved as it was back in the days when she and her family were forced to hide and live undetected until they were betrayed to the Nazis.
The museum is located on Prinsengracht 267 – 1016 GV Amsterdam
Open daily from 9:00 to 19:00
From 15 March through 14 September from 9:00 to 21:00.
From 15 March through 14 September on Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00.
In July and August the museum is open daily until 22:00.
1 Jan 12:00 – 19:00
4 May 9:00 – 19:00
25 Dec 12:00 – 17:00, 31 Dec 9:00 – 17:00
Closed on Yom Kippur
Rembrandt House Museum
Another ‘must see and visit’ is the Rembrandt House Museum where visitors are privileged to look around where the great master painted his now famous works. The museum is the house where Rembrandt lived with his wife and where his son was born. The property has been restored to its former glory with many of the artists’ works being housed in it. This includes the artists’ many and beautiful etchings which are on permanent display.
The museum is located on Jodenbreestraat 4 – 1011 NK Amsterdam
Opening times: daily from 10am till 6pm
A weekend in Amsterdam is a pleasant experience and there is a lot to see and do. The above museums being just a few of the splendid places to visit whilst over there.
Other museums of note include the Amsterdam Museum, Joods Museum, Our Lord in the Attic and then of course there is Madame Tussauds which is always fun to take a tour around. Planning your time well means getting to see a lot of what the city has to
offer and this includes some marvelous hidden treasures!
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