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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Jennifer Ceaser

Amsterdam has a rich artistic heritage that stretches back centuries. In the 1600s, now known as the Dutch Golden Age, wealth flowed into the city, and prosperous merchants commissioned paintings and portraits, to decorate the walls of their gabled mansions. Artists set up workshops to meet the demand, including Rembrandt in the capital and Frans Hals in nearby Haarlem.

No surprise then that the city is now home to three of the world’s leading art museums – all within walking distance of one another.

Perhaps no Dutch artist is more revered than Van Gogh, and though he lived only briefly in Amsterdam, it’s here that you can see the largest collection of his works – some 200 paintings and 400 drawings – at his namesake museum. The nearby Rijksmuseum houses an unparalleled collection of Old Masters, including Rembrandt’s celebrated ‘The Night Watch’ and four paintings by Vermeer.

The 20th century saw important Dutch art movements such as De Stijl and CoBrA, whose influence spread far beyond the country’s borders. A stellar assortment of these works – including the precise, primary-colour-blocked paintings of De Stijl founder Piet Mondrian – can be seen at the Stedelijk Museum, which also holds a first-rate modern and contemporary collection by international artists.

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The Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam , North Holland, Netherlands

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Exterior view of the museum during daytime

World-leading art museum packed with Dutch Golden Age masterpieces, showcasing the finest works of Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. Over 8,000 exhibits are displayed in 80 rooms trace 800 years of Dutch art and culture.

Adult price: £16

Best for ages 18+

Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam , North Holland, Netherlands

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Close up of a painting with a man pointing to it in the background

The world’s largest collection of works by post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh – including over 200 paintings and 400 drawings.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 18+

Stedelijk Museum

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Exterior view of the museum at daytime

One of the city’s ‘Big Three’ museums highlights international artists of the 19th to 21st centuries, and features a fine collection of works by Piet Mondrian.

Adult price: £17

Best for ages 18+

Moco Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Moco Museum Amsterdam

A privately-owned museum that specialises in contemporary art and exhibitions from famous artists such as Banksy, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Salvador Dali.

Adult price: £17

Best for ages 18+

Rembrandt House Museum

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Exterior view of the museum during daytime

From 1639 to 1656, Rembrandt lived and worked in this graceful townhouse, which features a recreation of his studio and period furnishings from the Golden Age; a modern addition displays his prints and lesser paintings.

Adult price: £13

Best for ages 18+

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Who to go with: organised tours

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Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Tour (With Reserved Entry) - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Tour (With Reserved Entry) - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
The 5.5 hour semi-private (8 guest maximum) guided museum combo tour includes entry to both Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum so you can skip the line and learn about the museums’ collections with one of our engaging expert guides.Join our most popular group tour of Amsterdam’s best museums. Perfect for an introduction to Van Gogh and the artists of the Dutch Golden Age. This intimate tour with a maximum of 8 people in each group will take you on an artistic and historical journey through the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Price: €243

Min age: 0

Rating 4.96 / 5 [249 ratings]

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Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Exclusive Guided Tour (Reserved Entry Included!)

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Exclusive Guided Tour (Reserved Entry Included!)
Take our most popular private tour of Amsterdam’s best museums. Perfect for an introduction to Van Gogh and the artists of the Dutch Golden Age, this tour will take you on an artistic and historical journey through the 18th and 19th centuries. The 5.5-hour Exclusive guided museum combo tour includes entry to both museums so you can skip the line and learn about the museums’ collections with one of our engaging expert guides, whom you’ll have all to yourself.

Price: €243

Min age: 0

Rating 4.96 / 5 [147 ratings]

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Rijksmuseum Inside Out Private Tour With Locals

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Inside Out Private Tour With Locals
No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Rijksmuseum. But what's the best way to enjoy this attraction to the max? Leave it to a local guide! Enjoy the Rijksmuseum hassle-free with this private skip-the-line tour. Step into this world-famous attraction without waiting long and check out the painting Battle at Waterloo, Rembrandt's Nightwatch and its ins and outs. Forget about audio guides and big guided groups; inside it's you and your local guide, so ask away! After your time with your local guide is over, keep exploring at your own pace or leave to enjoy Amsterdam with local recommendations from your private guide. Withlocals Skip the Line Private Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn fair fees. We support local economies by only offering local products and preventing overtourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon neutral & away from the standard tourist routes.

Price: €119

Min age: 0

Rating 4.72 / 5 [116 ratings]

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Street Art and Graffiti Museum STRAAT Amsterdam Admission Ticket

Amsterdam

Street Art and Graffiti Museum STRAAT Amsterdam Admission Ticket
STRAAT celebrates a wide variety of styles, shapes, techniques and messages, as told by the greatest art movement of our time: street art. The ever-changing exhibition at Amsterdam's Museum for Graffiti & Street art kicks off before you even walk through the doors. On the outside of the building you will find a gigantic multicolored portrait of Anne Frank. Artists from all over the world have traded their murals in the streets of New York, Tokyo and São Paulo for a more traditional medium. Nothing has been sacrificed in terms of size; their canvases remain life-size, as do the stories and lives of the artists who brought their work here.

Price: €20

Min age: 0

Rating 4.80 / 5 [82 ratings]

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Amsterdam

North Holland, Netherlands

Rows of houses near a canal in daytime

Picturesque Golden Age canals, premier league art, cosy cafés, and liberal urban living combine to make Amsterdam one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals.

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