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

Here’s the Top 5 of Amsterdam’s Most Popular Museums

See our Amsterdam Museums homepage for general information, including how to obtain discounts on entrance fees.

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

Reopening on June 1, 2020! 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 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.

Rijksmuseum — Not just Rembrandt’s Night Watch

The Rijksmuseum reopens on June 1, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the premier art museum in the Netherlands. In 2019 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.

Van Gogh Museum — Plan Your Visit

The Van Gogh Museum reopens on June 1, 2020. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the museum’s official website.

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: Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art.

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.

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo – Dierentuin Artis

Founded in 1838, ARTIS is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe.

Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around. The whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.

As much as possible the over 900 species of animals live in landscaping that resembles their natural habitat.

Having been closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, ARTIS is reopening to the general public on May 23, 2020.

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.

Created in 1642, the painting is currently being restored. However, it remains on view — encased in a glass enclosure. Rijksmuseum visitors will be able to follow the entire study- and restoration in person as well as online via a livestream.

NOTE: The Rijksmuseum reopens on June 1, 2020 after having been closed during the height of the coronavirus crisis.

Museum of Bags and Purses, one of Europe’s 10 best museums

Unfortunately, on April 30, 2020 this museum announced that it has permanently closed.

What you missed: The world’s largest collection of bags and purses is located in the Amsterdam Museum of Bags and Purses. (Want to test your skills at Dutch? Here goes: Tassenmuseum.) Bonus: the museum is situated in a gorgeous 17th century canalside house — a former mayor’s residence.