Category: What to See
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.
With 2.16 million visitors in 2018, it is second most-visited museum not just in Amsterdam — but in the entire country of the Netherlands.
We provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Hockney — Van Gogh.
Also on: Exhibition Unique Impressions: the Experiments of Camille Pissarro.
By the way, you’ll find our how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’.
NOTE: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.
The Rijksmuseum currently presents — for the first and only time — a unique, temporary exhibition of all 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 best examples of Rembrandt’s prints in its collection.
This special event is part of a year-long commemoration of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death.
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 top 5 museums in the Netherlands, as measured by the number of visitors during the year 2018, are all located in Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the premier art museum in the Netherlands. In 2018 it was the most visited museum in the country.
The Rijksmuseum is devoted to several national collections — and consists of Dutch art from the earliest moments to the 19th century. One of its most popular paintings is The Night Watch, by Rembrandt.
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…
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?
Built on 13,659 wooden piles, Amsterdam’s Royal Palace on Dam Square — which started life as the city’s Town Hall — was once described as the world’s Eight Wonder.
Though the palace is at the disposal of the Royal House, most of days of the year it is open to visitors.
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.
One of Amsterdam’s most unique museums is the EYE Film Instituut Nederland — EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
EYE houses an internationally renowned film collection that covers the entire history of cinema.