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Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

1. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

Treat yourself to a wonderful day in one of Amsterdam’s grandest museums, the Rijksmuseum, located in the heart of the city. The Rijksmuseum's internationally revered collection features some of the nation’s most famous works, including historic art by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Van Gogh, and others. Visitors can admire Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which takes pride of place in a beautifully lit hall allowing visitors to enjoy every tiny detail. Gaze also upon 'The Jewish Bride'. This last painting reduced Vincent van Gogh to tears who, upon visiting the Rijksmuseum shortly after it opened, wrote in a letter that he would gladly give up ten years of his life to sit in front of the painting for two weeks, eating only a stale crust of bread. Visitors can expect much more than just paintings by Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. The Rijksmuseum’s expansive, evocative collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history, and many other culturally significant objects, all combining to vividly retell 800 years of Dutch history within a global context. And naturally, the collection isn't frozen in time – new items such as a Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent dating from 1965 can also be seen. The largest research and restoration project ever for 'The Night Watch' has started. This is happening live in the museum and you can be part of it and support the project with a donation.

Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

2. Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

At the House of Bols you’ll learn about the history of Lucas Bols, the world’s oldest distilled spirit brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575! You’ll also discover Bols Genever, Holland’s rediscovered cocktail spirit, which dates back to 1820. On this 90-minute visit, the House of Bols will take you on a spectacular journey that incorporates flavors, aromas, images, sound, and film. The self-guided tour includes the Hall of Taste, where you’ll find all 38 Bols liqueurs, the Delft Blue Room, the World of Cocktails Club, and the Bols Genever Room. Your self-guided tour ends in the revolutionary Mirror Bar, where bartenders will mix your preferred Bols Genever and liqueur cocktail before your very eyes. If you’d like to learn the art of flair bartending you can do so in the magical Flair Booth with the specially designed Bols flair bottles. Cocktail enthusiasts can also shop till they drop in the Bols Shop or enjoy a second Bols cocktail for just EUR 6.00. As the winner of the Dutch Design Award for Best Exhibition and Experience, the House of Bols is proving that heritage and history mix perfectly with innovation and contemporary design. The House of Bols is located in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Quarter, across from the Van Gogh Museum and next to the Rijksmuseum.

Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. 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's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour

4. Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour

Step into the shoes of a local guide, and discover the authentic Amsterdam on a private tour of the city center. Go to the best off-the-beaten path locations, and discover a city beyond the usual tulips, cheese and Red Light District. There are so many different things to experience in Amsterdam, you need to know where to look. Get a full flavor of what Amsterdam has to offer and is all about from someone in the know. In addition to secret spots, go to a unique exhibition and visit Amsterdam Noord, the coolest district in the city. Learn where all the hip bars, local markets, and hidden canals are located.

Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Highlights City Tour by Minivan

5. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Highlights City Tour by Minivan

Make sure you don't miss any of Amsterdam's highlights and travel around the city comfortably in a minivan together with your live guide, who will be sure to provide interesting facts, fun anecdotes, explanations of what you see. Being a private tour for you and your group, the tour can also be personalized to your liking and interests.  Start with a panoramic view of the most interesting places in the city: The Museum Square (Museumplein), where you can take photos of important buildings as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. Rijksmuseum was the largest building in The Netherlands in the 19th century and is really impressive even today. From there, head to the popular Jordaan neighborhood, where the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk are located, the church with the tallest bell tower in the city. Cross the Ij river where the islands of Java and KNSM are located to find some references for modern Dutch architecture.  Then, tour the city center where we can see the most representative buildings and places: Dam Square, Royal Palace, Nieuwekerk, Canal Ring, and much more. The vehicle will make the final stop at the flower market, where we will have free time so that we can take a look at the hundreds of types of flowers that are sold there. After, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Rembrandt's Art: Guided Tour in Amsterdam & Rijksmuseum

6. Rembrandt's Art: Guided Tour in Amsterdam & Rijksmuseum

Your morning in Amsterdam will start at the Rembrandthouse. The most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age by far is Rembrandt van Rijn. The painter lived and worked the greater part of his life in Amsterdam. The city tour Rembrandt will bring alive the most important places of this part of his life. Walk through the area where he lived in his wealthy days with his first wife Saskia. Pass by his old house and see where he painted his masterpiece the Night watch. Of course this tour won’t be complete without a visit to the national gallery Rijksmuseum. In this museum you will find back many of the important paintings of Rembrandt such as the Jewish bride, syndics of drapers guild, many self-portraits and the famous Night watch. Join the tour and discover everything about the life of Rembrandt van Rijn!

Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Museumplein

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Beautiful museum. If time is limited, use museum app on your phone and follow the best 21 exhibits tour. If you add location services, your phone app will guide you. Plus, the narratives are excellent.

A great experience! Must see museum in Amsterdam! Rembrandt and Vermeer- wonderful masterpieces! But not the only ones…

The museum had some beautiful and historical pieces. It was a great afternoon trip.

Outstanding- though the audio guide and map are confusing.

A great museum with a vast variety of collections!