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Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore various artifacts and artworks with a skip-the-line entry ticket to Stedelijk Museum. Enjoy your priority access and learn about modern and contemporary art. Discover key art movements at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, also known as the most important museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. Situated on Museumplein, where it first opened in 1895, it is a neighbor to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Having undergone extensive renovation, the historic Stedelijk building has been expanded with the addition of a futuristic new wing. The addition has been a huge hit with visitors since the facility’s reopening in 2012. Your skip-the-line ticket to the Stedelijk grants you priority access to a collection of 90,000 artifacts. Admire extraordinary works by world-renowned artists, including a great number of pieces by major 20th-century Dutch artists. The permanent collection is one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design in the world. The most meaningful movements in both art and design are represented by (inter)national artists and designers who are helping to shape the changes of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. With well-known works together with lesser-known highlights by, amongst others, Vincent van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Marlene Dumas, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Nicolaas Warb, Gerrit Rietveld, El Anatsui, Rineke Dijkstra, Danielle Dean, Sarah Zapata, Marlene Dumas, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, and Charley Toorop. The collection, organized thematically and in a loose chronology, emphasizes that art and design develop alongside social movements and bear multiple histories that encompass diverse perspectives. Upcoming exhibition — October 1, 2022, January 29, 2023: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Hartwig Art Foundation present: Anne Imhof – YOUTH This autumn, Anne Imhof is invited to take over Stedelijk’s 1,100-square-metre lower-level gallery. Combining art, architecture, light, and a sound composed especially for the occasion, she will transform the space into a labyrinthine total installation. Anne Imhof is recognized as the artistic voice of a new generation. Her work is disorienting, and an unfailing memorable phenomenon by shapeshifting all genre-boundaries. Imhof’s first solo show in the Netherlands is a collaboration between the Stedelijk and the Hartwig Art Foundation.

Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour

Discover Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital city, on our epic walking tours with a flexible 3 day ticket! With the help of our Amsterdam city tours, you will gain an unparalleled insight into both the modern and historic Amsterdam. Our Amsterdam walking tours go far beyond introducing its most famous landmarks; they show you its trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots too. So whilst our guided tour of the museum district will give you a fun yet informative insight into Amsterdam, above all it'll immerse you in the city’s creative, youthful, and liberal culture. As well as our museum district tour, we have a number of alternative routes that knit together to show you the fabric of Amsterdam, including our city centre route where you can meet our staff along the way, there to indulge you with amazing facts and knowledge. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Amsterdam and its incredible history. Museum District Guided Walking Tour includes: Vondelpark Van Gogh Museum Rijksmuseum Moco Museum I Amsterdam sign Museum Market Museumplein Stedelijk Museum Concertgebouw Paradiso Leidseplein

Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

3. Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

After a 90-120 minutes drive from Amsterdam your first destination will be Nuenen. Nuenen: Van Gogh Village Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and visit a range of locations in Nuenen that inspired the artist, including the reformed church featured in his painting. This excursion will give you an insight into Vincent’s life in Nuenen, where he lived from December 1883 to November 1885. Vincent was very productive in this village, completing more than 500 paintings and drawings within a period of just two years. One of these was The Potato Eaters, now one of Vincent’s most famous works. During your time in Nuenen you'll have the change to visit the Vincentre Museum, explore some of  the 23 ‘Van Gogh locations’ by bike or on foot and soak up the renowned Brabant hospitality at the numerous shops and cafes. After exploring Vincent’s homeland, return to Amsterdam to explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Renowned masterpieces, quotes from letters and audio fragments all unite to answer your burning questions about the artist. Learn about his numerous self-portraits, the time he spent in Southern France, where he painted Sunflowers and about why he painted Almond Blossom.

Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

4. Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.5 hour private or public walking tour of Amsterdam with a small (private) group of maximum four travelers and a guide. The small group size makes it easy to explore this gorgeous but busy city and enhances the feeling of escaping mass tourism. Learn about the city's interesting history and cultural life. You will certainly be impressed by the city's architectural beauty with static and imposing canal houses, its people and its relaxed, open-minded atmosphere. The easiest way and place to meet your guide is at the National Monument on Dam (Dam Square) since you truly cannot overlook the giant white pillar. Dam is the heart of the city and the place where the Amsterdammers built a dam over the river. Because this is where the city originated one could say that this is where all the magic happened. Nowadays the beautiful square is a symbolic location because it houses important national symbols such as the National Monument, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and the Royal Palace. Follow your guide who leads the way through quaint alleyways with cobble-stoned streets where no other tourists are to be found. In the Dutch 17th century Holland was incredibly wealthy and powerful. The architectural heritage from those colonial dark days is seen all over this compact city, just like its classical character with gorgeous canal houses and historical houseboats. Admire the Waag, a medieval, fairytale-like building that once served as the gate to Amsterdam and other important sights such as Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (Wester Church). Make sure to have enough space on your phone to take hundreds of photos because no matter where you look there will be something picturesque to see. Wander a bit off to take that perfect shot, because with the headsets that are used during the tour you can hear your guide even from a distance. Be surprised about Dutch culture and enjoy the entertaining stories your spontaneous and enthusiastic guide shares with you and learn about the city’s vibrant history and the dynamic between history, tolerance, religion, and pragmatism. Curious? Book below and be sure to enjoy a high-quality, off-the-beaten-path walking tour full countless of marvelous views.

Amsterdam: De Pijp Arts and Culture Game

5. Amsterdam: De Pijp Arts and Culture Game

Take an interactive city discovery experience across Amsterdam’s De Pijp. You’ll solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser, with all the information you need for your adventure having been received by email beforehand. You will need to solve 8 riddles, with your challenge starting at the entrance to Sarphatipark, at the end of Tweede Jan van der Heijdenstraat. Each riddle takes you from one hidden location to the next, allowing you to unlock local recommendations and fun facts as well as the history of the city. Discover spots in Amsterdam’s De Pijp that most locals don’t even know. See popular sights from a different angle, and discover true local secrets of Amsterdam’s colorful Pijp neighborhood. This short discovery route around this part of the city and its Museum Quarter will take you to places not many visitors know about. Throughout your tour you’ll wander across a charming park and explore a buzzing market as well as much more. Your adventure will later end near the beautiful Museum Square, which is a great place for a further indoor adventure in one of the museums.

Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

6. Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

You'll start the tour at Dam square, birthplace of the city, the main square and heart of the old centre of Amsterdam. It's the place from where Amsterdam started to evolve and where we find the royal palace, the new church and the national monument. Next stop is Zeedijk, nowadays a street but in the old days one of the dikes protecting the old city. Here you'll see the oldest cafe still standing today with it's original interior and a bit futher down the street get a glimpse of the nearby Chinatown. New Market square, with it's most important building, the 15th century city gate, standing right in the middle of it. This place is full of history and you'll learn all about it. Minutes later there will be a stop at the Montelbaanstoren, an old watch and defense tower, part of the Amsterdam expanded defense line early 16th century. From here there is also a good lookout over the 'oude Waal' where there are a lot of houseboats lined up with 17th century canal houses as background decor. Next will be the jewish quarter where you'll see the very first synagoge that jewish people were allowed to built in Western Europe over 350 years ago, the 'big synagoge'. On the other side of the street you'll see the Portuguese synagoge. Nearby there is the holocaust name monument with 102 thousand bricks giving the names of the dutch jewish victims of the second world war. Just opposite the monument are a row of beautiful old 17th century canalhouses that were inhabited by jewish sefardic immigrants who were succesfull in the diamond business. Then you'll see the Hermitage, a huge old 17th century widowhouse that nowadays houses the hermitage museum. The skinny bridge is one of the most iconic bridges of Amsterdam that beautifully lights up at night when hundreds of light bulbs accentuate it's skinny but stylefull design. From here you have a panoramic over the canalised river the Amstel, which is the main and widest canal in Amsterdam. It's a good place to take pictures! The ride continues thrugh the canal district which is the 17th century neighberhoud surrounding the old centre of Amsterdam. On any city map it can be clearly seen as half circles that go around the centre. Here you find the majority of the typical Amsterdam canal houses that were once the homes of successful merchants. Unlike modern times, all canal houses are slightly different, although we will see there are some typical similarities among them that unveil their building era. The final stop before returning is at Museumsquare which is the biggest and greenest squares of Amsterdam with beautiful scenic views over the surrounding museums. On one side resides the largest museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum, where the bigger Rembrandt paintings are on display, on the other side we will see the Concertgebouw, concert hall for classical music. Also located next to the square are the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk museum for contemporary art, the Moco museum (Banksky) and the Diamond museum. Enough to keep you busy for a few days if you have the time. You can set a desired location to finish the tour before hand.

Amsterdam: Entry Ticket to Once Upon a Time Clock Exhibition

7. Amsterdam: Entry Ticket to Once Upon a Time Clock Exhibition

Enter Amsterdam's famous Museumplein to see the most time-efficient exhibition on the block. Explore the Once Upon a Time collection with an entry ticket and audio guide and take your time walking through rooms full of beautifully-crafted clocks. Enter the Museumplein in Amsterdam and step into the Once Upon a Time exhibition. Feel like you've been immersed in a fairytale as you discover the craftsmanship of French clockmakers from the early 19th century. Walk through the rooms of the collection, displaying several breathtaking pieces that depict the tales of antiquity, capture rare animals, and glow with universal beauty. Listen to the audio guide to learn more about each clock. When you've finished exploring the gallery, take the chance to sit at the cafe with a hot drink and great views over the main square.

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4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We really enjoyed the Stedelijk Museum! It will become one of our favorites. The museum provided free audio guide, but you should bring your own headphones (not supplied). Not only did we recognize many of the modern artists on the lower flow, but we were learned so much additionally about eco trends in art, fabrics, furniture etc. as well as being able touch and see many of the amazing products. We also enjoyed the many video displays on the upper floor. The museum itself is a piece of art inside and out. It is so unusual. The entrance floor had a black-light and multi-media series of rooms that were fascinating. We also noticed a hands on and "play" area for the little ones. The museum was not crowded. We spent 2 hours and probably could have spent more. Maybe it's because we had no expectations that the museum had such a great impact. We highly recommend!

A fascinating, varied and sometimes bizarre exhibition but certainly pushed one to question the status quo. A thought provoking morning. All personnel were extremely helpful and well informed. Thanks

It was a very good experience visiting the Stedelijk Museum. We enjoyed the exposed contemporary art and the explanations from the audio guide.

This museum offers outstanding exhibits of contemporary and modern art. The atmosphere is spacious and the displays mostly not crowded.

Multimedia displays were on point, amazing book store just take your time and look around