Category: What to See

Anne Frank House – one of Amsterdam’s top 3 museums

The Anne Frank House is the third most popular museum in Amsterdam — after the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

The popularity of the small museum has made it necessary to introduce a new, online tickets only system, complete with timed entry slots.

While it can be quite a challenge to secure tickets online, there are benefits as well. Earlier, waiting times in the line to the box office easily topped 2+ hours.

Also: after two years of remodeling work the Anne Frank House has been renewed. See what’s new, and why you may want to re-visit.

The Night Watch by Rembrandt is not actually called The Night Watch

Quick: What is the official name of Rembrandt’s most famous painting, The Night Watch? And what does the painting depict?

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam sees 2.2 million visitors a day — and most of them want to see The Night Watch.

Now that is has been determined that the enormous canvas has to be restored, what’s the museum to do? Well, do the restoration work in full view of the public, of course. Details inside…

Westertoren

On August 10, 1943, Anne Frank — hiding in the Achterhuis — wrote, “We’ve all been a little confused this past week, because our dearly beloved Westertoren bells have been carted off to be melted down for the war, so we have no idea of the exact time, either night or day…” So, whatever happened to the bells of the Westertoren?

Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam’s most popular museum

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

With 2.26 million visitors in 2017, it is not only Amsterdam’s most popular museum — but also the most visited museum in the Netherlands.

We provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Van Gogh Dreams

And you’ll find our how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’.

2018: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.

Begijnhof – Amsterdam Beguinage

Founded sometime in the 14th century for the Beguines, members of a lay Catholic sisterhood, the Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.

Even taking into account the effects of mass tourism, the Begijnhof remains for the most part a haven of peace and tranquility in the busy center of medieval Amsterdam.