The Netherlands has more museums per square mile than any other country in the world, and 92 of them are in Amsterdam.

They range from the fascinating Biblical Museum to the titillating Sex Museum, and from the huge Rijksmuseum to the much smaller, but no less interesting Hash & Marijuana Museum.

Mind you, some guides mention 40+ museums, others 50, and yet others a much higher number.

The difference is explained by the fact that some only count the major ones, while others include much smaller operations — such as the Tulip Museum (a store, actually), the Pipes Museum, or the Torture Museum.

Five of the six most-visited museums in the Netherlands are located in Amsterdam:

Fact: in 2016, nearly 25% of Amsterdammers visited at least one museum a month — accounting for a total of 2 million visits a year.

If you plan on visiting museums in Amsterdam, avoid long lines by buying your tickets ahead of time.

Book Amsterdam museum tickets

Most tickets bought ahead of time allow you to skip the lines.

All but seven museums in Amsterdam are privately owned, and nearly all charge an entrance fee.

In a time of dwindling government subsidies, many museums have developed commercial activities, are attracting non-tourist visitors with temporary exhibits, or have accepted financial aid from sponsors.

Free or Discounted

If you love museums and plan to visit at least 4 or 5 of them during your stay in Amsterdam, you have several options to save money on entrance fees.

Most Museums Don’t Do Mondays

With the exception of the Rijksmuseum (the Netherlands’ National Museum, which carries nearly 1 million works of art – including Rembrandt’s famous Nightwatch), the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum (literally, Municipal Museum, but in fact the National Museum of Modern Art) most museums are closed on Mondays.

Nearly all museums are open on Easter Monday.

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