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10 of the Best Museums in Amsterdam

After a second extended city break in Amsterdam, Liz and her husband are keen to share tips they picked up along the way to help others.

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

It has been claimed that the Netherlands has more museums per square mile than any other country in the world. With more than 75 museums in Amsterdam, travelers are spoilt for choice when deciding which ones to visit.

Undoubtedly, Amsterdam has much to offer in interesting outdoor sights and activities. But to get a flavor of the city and learn a little about its history and culture, as well as exploring interesting topical collections, museums have a big part to play. They also offer a great option for those days in the northern hemisphere when wet or cold weather can disrupt outdoor activities.

The Plan

The museums fall into three sections. The first 3 feature regularly in the top 3 of Amsterdam's museums, the middle 4 are ones we visited on our last visit and the bottom 3 are ones on our future 'to do' list.

  1. Rijksmuseum
  2. Van Gogh Museum
  3. Anne Frank House
  4. Verzets Resistance Museum
  5. Van Loon Museum
  6. Canal Museum
  7. Scheepvaart Museum
  8. Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
  9. Amsterdam Museum
  10. Bible Museum

Tips for Museum Visits will be given towards the end of the article.

Are You a Museums Person?

1. Rijksmuseum

For art lovers, the Rijksmuseum, translated 'State Museum', is a must-see attraction in Amsterdam and is top of most sight-seeing lists. The Neo-Renaissance building, designed by P.J.H. Cuypers (responsible also for the design of Centraal Station), was opened in 1885. It is the focal point of the Museum Quarter, standing at the end of Museumplein with an attractive water feature in front of it.

The Rijksmuseum charts 800 years of Dutch history (1200-2000) through around 8000 works of art. These represent a small fraction of over a million pieces held in the collection. Many visitors flock here to see Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' painting, as well as works by the Dutch masters: Vermeer, Van Dyck, Jan Steen, and Frans Hals. Paintings are displayed along with sculptures, historical objects, and applied arts.

The history of the Rijksmuseum goes back to 1800 when the Nationale Kunstgallerij (National Art Gallery) first opened. It moved around several locations before finally ending up in its present building, which underwent a 10-year renovation project 2003-2013.

For many years the large 'I amsterdam' statue, part of a successful marketing campaign for the city, was a photographic lure for tourists. But, in late 2018, this was removed. There is a version at Schiphol Airport and others pop up at locations around the city.

Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh Museum.

2. Van Gogh Museum

Vincent Van Gogh's life was relatively short (1853-1890) and he was just starting to be acclaimed for his work when he took his own life. His art dealer brother, Theo ensured that his works were preserved for future generations by gathering this collection of 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and around 850 letters.

Van Gogh is now acknowledged as a top 19th Century artist, sadly remembered by many as the painter who, during his battles with mental illness, cut off a part of his left ear. Visitors flock to the Van Gogh Museum on the northwest side of Museum Plein to view well-known works of his, such as "Sunflowers", "Self Portrait as an Artist" and "The Potato Eaters".

The Van Gogh Museum opened in 1973 to house the biggest collection of Van Gogh's work in the world. The building is based on a design by Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1965), with a new wing added in 1999, designed by Kisho Kurokawa. There are also works by contemporary artists displayed here, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Anne Frank House.

Anne Frank House.

3. Anne Frank House

I first recall coming across the story of Anne Frank, as a child, in a children's magazine TV show. The harrowing and true tale of a young Jewish girl caught up in the horror of the World War 2 Nazi invasion of Amsterdam, gave me one of my first insights into this dreadful period of history. I went on to read her diary, written as her family went into hiding with others in a small, secret annex in the offices of her father's business in 1942.

The family hid for over 2 years until their betrayal in 1944. Sadly, Anne died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, aged 15. Only her father, Otto Frank survived. Anne's diary was found and handed to Otto on his release from Auschwitz. "The Diary of Anne Frank" was published and became a best-seller.

The Anne Frank foundation took over the building on Prinsengracht, in 1957. Since then it has become a popular tourist attraction, with visitors coming from all over the world to see where the family hid. Arriving early in the morning used to ensure entry, but it is now vital to book online as far ahead as possible.

To walk through the business premises and Otto Frank's office, into the hiding place, via the revolving bookcase is a somber and moving experience. The rooms in the annex have been left empty, as they were when the Nazis cleared them, but there are film star pin-ups and markings on the walls.

Documents relating to the family and Anne's diary are displayed as well as details of what became of the occupants of the rooms.

As we slowly followed other visitors around this museum, there was a hushed silence. Hardly anyone spoke and those that did whispered, in awe of the surroundings. It was a shock to come outside into the light and noise of the canalside setting and it took a while to readjust. The memory of that visit will always remain with us.

4. Verzets Resistance Museum

We had hoped to visit the Verzets Resistance Museum on our first trip to Amsterdam but ran out of time. It was therefore top of the list for our next time in the city. Located on Kerklaan in the Plantage area of Amsterdam, this museum, off the main tourist trail, took a little finding. The building, named Plancius after the previous building on the site, dates from 1875. It was used by the Jewish choral society until it was sold in 1913 and was used as a garage until the Verzets Museum moved here in 1999.

The museum gives an insight into life in the Netherlands during the 5 years of German occupation from May 1940. An audio guide, included in the admission cost, takes visitors through the permanent exhibition 'The Netherlands in World War II'. Visitors are immersed in the real-life stories of Dutch people through their personal accounts, memorabilia, interactive displays, and photographs.

There is also a section on the former Dutch colony of the Duch East Indies, which explores the suffering there at the hands of the Japanese army.

There is an excellent children's section in the museum aimed at the 9+ age group. Focussing on four children, Eva, Henk, Jan, and Nelly, children are encouraged to learn about their experiences during the occupation. Each has a house on a square for children to explore, learning about each child as they do so. We were very impressed and learned a lot from this area of the museum.

We had gone expecting to learn mainly about armed resistance to the German occupiers but we came away with a much broader picture of what life was like in the Netherlands during the occupation. A wide spectrum of the community is represented in the museum from collaborators, Dutch people trying to co-exist with the occupiers, the persecuted Jewish community to the active resistance fighters, and all those in between. We came away with a very keen sense of the hardship suffered by the Jews, and the fate of so many who were deported to the concentration camps.

5. Van Loon Museum

Have you ever wondered what lies behind the facade of a grand canal house? Since 1973 the Van Loon family have opened the doors of their house at 672 Keizersgracht, restored back to the style of the 1750s. Members of the family still live on the upper floors.

The house was built in 1672 and redecorated in 1752. It was purchased by the Van Loons, a prestigious Amsterdam family, as a wedding present in 1884.

The museum houses a collection of family portraits dating back to the 1600s as well as many items of period furniture and interesting artwork.

Outside, the garden has been restored according to a print from the 17th Century. The Van Loon coaches are displayed in the coach house at the end, where there is also a small cafe.

A visit to the Van Loon Museum is an opportunity to step back in time to 18th Century Amsterdam. There were few other visitors and we were able to wander around the rooms at our own pace on a rainy September day.

6. Canal Museum

Amsterdam's canals and gabled houses are a tourist magnet and a key characteristic of the city. But, have you ever wondered how Amsterdam developed from a small fishing village on a marsh at the mouth of the Amstel river into the thriving city with its intricate network of canals and gabled houses that we see today?

The Canal Museum traces the history of Amsterdam from its early beginnings and charts its development through a series of models, films, and 3D animation. The multimedia presentations help visitors appreciate what a great engineering feat the construction of the canal ring and the gabled houses was in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

The Canal Museum is housed in the upper rooms of Het Grachtenhuis, located on Herengracht. The house dates back to the 17th Century. Once the home of bankers and merchants, the ground floor has been restored back to how it might have looked in the 18th Century, with original wall paintings.

We came away from the Canal Museum with an enhanced appreciation of the work and innovation that went into the construction of the canal network.

7. Scheepvaart Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam was not on our original itinerary. We were so taken with the view of the museum from the roof of NEMO (the science museum) and the ships moored by it at the end of Oosterdok that we read up on the museum and decided to visit.

The museum is housed in the former main arsenal (storehouse) of the Amsterdam Admiralty, dating back to 1656. The central open courtyard is topped by an interesting glass roof with markings reminiscent of a compass rose and old nautical charts.

The entrance is on the south of the building. Head through the North wing to the dock area, where you will find the replica of the 18th Century 'Amsterdam', the largest cargo ship used by the Dutch East India Company on the trade routes to Asia. Visitors can board the ship and step back in history as they explore the displays.

Also moored alongside the jetty is the steamship and ice breaker 'Christiaan Brunings', dating from 1900. Nearby, visitors can view the royal barge in its boathouse. This ornate rowing vessel was completed for William 1 in 1818 and there is interesting footage of its use by Dutch monarchs on state occasions.

The museum's main displays are located on the first and second floors of the East and West wings. Here you can see a dazzling array of models from small sailing ships to larger vessels from different eras of maritime history. Paintings by Dutch masters give graphic illustrations of old sea battles and ships from the past.

There are also displays of navigational aids and atlases through the ages, as well as photo albums of travelers' experiences and ship decorations. Discover 'The Tale of the Whale' which charts the changing attitudes 'from monster to protected mammal'.

Interactive displays, an array of temporary exhibitions, as well as areas designed to engage with younger visitors offer something for everyone.

I wondered how our journey through Dutch maritime history would be. I thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Scheepvaart Museum and would not hesitate to recommend it.

Location of Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

Location of Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

8. Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

A good sightseeing destination for me is one where you never exhaust the possibilities. One which always leaves you with more on your list to visit on your next trip. So it was for us with Amsterdam.

Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder's location, on Voorburgwal in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, between St Nicholas Basilica and Oude Kerk, is a little off the main tourist route. Its name roughly translates as 'Our Lord in the Attic', referring to a secret Catholic church hidden in the upper floors of the 17th Century canal house, extended into the attics of two houses behind.

Amsterdam officially became Protestant in 1578, during the Alteration, when a Protestant city government replaced the Catholic one. After this, many hidden churches were built in the city for those who wanted to continue to worship as Catholics.

Jan Hartman, a Catholic merchant had the house built for him in 1661. A museum since 1888, 'Our Lord in the Attic' has been restored to its 17th Century state with religious artifacts, paintings, and church silver. Visitors can also visit other rooms in the house restored to their original state. The church ceased to be used as a place of worship after the nearby St. Nicholas Basilica was opened.

Since our return from Amsterdam a friend has also highly recommended Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. We hope to visit next time we are in Amsterdam.

9. Amsterdam Museum

As its name suggests, the Amsterdam Museum, located on the Kalverstraat in the Nieuwe Zijde area, offers visitors an overview of the city's history. Originally a convent converted to an orphanage for many years (1580-1960), the city museum has been here since 1975.

The museum is home to an extensive collection of artifacts and displays about the history of the city. Highlights of the museum are 'Amsterdam DNA', an interactive hour-long overview of the history of Amsterdam, and 'The Little Orphanage', aimed at giving children ( age 4-12) an insight into orphanage life.

Temporary exhibitions are also a feature of the Amsterdam museum. The museum currently has an interesting digital exhibition 'Corona in the City', where it is gathering contributions from the public to chart and show the effect of COVID-19 on the city.

The museum prides itself on having a freely accessible gallery, which is home to portraits of the Civic Guard from the 16th and 17th Centuries. Contemporary portraits of Amsterdam citizens and celebrities hang on the opposite wall. The gallery is dominated by a giant wooden statue of Goliath, dating from the 17th Century.

We didn't have time to do justice to the whole museum, so we walked through the Civic Guard Gallery. Earlier that day, our young guide on a boat trip had spoken highly of a popular mayor of the city, Eberhard van der Laan. His term in office was cut short and he had sadly died, after resigning due to ill health. We were interested to find his portrait in the gallery.

Amsterdam Museum is on the list for our next visit to Amsterdam.

Bible Museum, Amsterdam.

Bible Museum, Amsterdam.

10. Bible Museum

After a packed itinerary on a drizzly day, the Bible Museum was the fourth museum on our list. But, during a break in the clouds, we were distracted and persuaded to take a boat trip. By the time we returned, the museum was closed. So it was put on our list for the next visit to Amsterdam.

The Bible Museum was located on the top floors of the Cromhuithous on Herengracht. Reverend Leendert Schouten opened his private collection of biblical artifacts to the public in 1860. In 1975 the collection was moved to this location. The oldest Bible in the Netherlands, the Delft Bible (1477) could be found here as well as many other old bibles, a copy of the Dead Sea Scroll, and religious objects. There were archaeological discoveries from Egypt as well as models of Jewish temples. The displays focused on the historical background of Bible stories.

The Cromhouthuis itself was worthy of note. The twin house was lived in by the wealthy Cromhout family for almost 200 hundred years from 1660. Built in the classical style, the architect, Philip Vingboons is credited with creating the 'neck gable', which can be seen on the top of the Cromhouthuis. The family were great art collectors and the lower rooms were preserved to give an insight into their lifestyle.

Nothing Stays the Same

Since our visit to Amsterdam there have been major changes. The Bible Museum moved out of the building in March 2020. Based in Amsterdam, the organization is now running a series of temporary exhibitions throughout the Netherlands, focused on its mission to provide 'insight into the Bible’s influence on Western culture in the past and present, contributing in this way to our society and the role that religions play'.

The Amsterdam Museum took over the organization of Cromhouthuis in 2017. Urban Restoration (Stadsherstel Amsterdam) bought the building in March 2020 and the Amsterdam Museum ceased its programming there on 1st June. The purchase agreement stipulated that the living area of the building (the lower floors including large drawing room with antichambre, garden rooms, old kitchens and garden) will remain within the public domain. So, who knows what the future holds for this historic building.

Museums in Amsterdam

Tips

  1. Plan your trip. Read up about the museums in Amsterdam before you travel both online and in travel books. Consider purchasing a book as a useful reference guide for your trip.
  2. Book popular museums online before you travel. This is especially recommended for Anne Frank House to avoid disappointment.
  3. Check opening days and times. Arrive early to avoid the crowds at busier attractions.
  4. Visit tourist information outside Centraal Station. Pick up city maps, ask for advice and look for displays of museum cards, as these often include discounts, as illustrated in the photo below.
  5. Consider purchasing an I amsterdam city card. This card covers city transport and selected museums. Cards can be bought for four time periods: 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, or 96 hours.
  6. Pace yourself. Avoid the temptation to pack too many museums into your itinerary. Take breaks for refreshment and more leisurely activities like a stroll around the sights or a boat trip.
Discount card.

Discount card.

Final Thoughts

With its wealth of sights and museums, Amsterdam really is a city that caters to all seasons and for all tastes. This article covers a small fraction of the museums in the city. Whatever your area of interest, it is extremely likely that you will find a museum that interests you in this fascinating city.

We enjoyed both our visits to this fascinating city and would like to return. Amsterdam is an excellent location for a city break. The challenge is fitting everything in while you are there. It always leaves you with a reason to return.

Amsterdam.

Amsterdam.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Liz Westwood

Comments

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 09, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Nithya. I was amazed at how many museums there are in Amsterdam. These represent a small fraction of them. It is definitely a city worth visiting.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 09, 2020:

I enjoyed these museums through your article. Loved the photos, thank you for sharing. Your article will be a great guide to visit the museums in Amsterdam.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 08, 2020:

We are in another lockdown in the UK now in a bid to slow the rise of cases. The second wave is hitting Europe hard. Some are holding out a hope that this lockdown will pave the way for families to get together at Christmas. I am not so optimistic.

Robert Sacchi on November 08, 2020:

The second wave, for those who got it, tended to dwarf the first wave. We've had 2 consecutive days with over 127K cases. The upside is the mortality rate is way down.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 08, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Aurelio. The Amsterdam Museum is on our list when we can next go to Amsterdam. It seems to be a city of endless possibilities. We always come away with ideas of places to visit when we return.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 08, 2020:

I've been to Amsterdam but have only visited the first three museums. I did not know about the others, so thank you for this list. I'm particularly keen on the Amsterdam Museum because I love learning about the history of the cities I visit.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 08, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. We visited the Van Loon museum on a wet day in Amsterdam. Entering it was like stepping back in time to find out how the wealthy lived centuries ago in Amsterdam. I was interested to find out that the family still own the house and live on the upper floors. There are also special events at the house.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 08, 2020:

The Van Loon Museum is pretty fascinating with its high ceilings and full-length paintings. You just don't see such tall paintings in homes anymore. I could see myself spending a whole afternoon there.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 07, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, MJFenn. Amsterdam caters well for visitors with its scenic sights and many varied museums. I hope you enjoyed your time there.

MJFenn on November 07, 2020:

I have been to Amsterdam and seen various sights but had not been to the Bible Museum. You are right that with very careful planning one's time can be spent very profitably.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 06, 2020:

Thank you very much for your comment, Peggy. I deliberately left this article on Hub Pages for a little longer before requesting a move to Wanderwisdom, which I did earlier today. Although, now you mention it, I recall that, in the past some of my other articles have been picked up and moved without me having to request it. I hope you are keeping well. News of your election is making a welcome distraction for us from the COVID headlines in the UK.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2020:

I am surprised that this informative article has not already been moved to a niche site, but it gives me another chance to comment on it. It would be fun to plan a vacation staying the entire time in Amsterdam. I would want to spend some time in some of these museums you showcased, and take some of the sightseeing tours you have also shown us in other articles. A week would fly by quickly and a return trip would then have to be on the schedule. You would make an excellent tour guide!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 31, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Tery. I hope that these articles will help travellers to plan their visits. Although at the moment they are more of a tool for virtual travel. Hopefully we can all move around again freely in the future.

Tery Peta from Bulgaria on October 31, 2020:

I had no idea Amsterdam had so many museums!

Excellent article, I loved it. Very informative and useful if planning a visit.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 31, 2020:

Thank you for your comment Devika. It was not easy to select a few museums, as there are so many in Amsterdam. Writing this article gave me the opportunity to virtually revisit the city, as travel is not an option currently.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 31, 2020:

Liz the many museums you share in this city is fascinating. An attractive place and gives me a better idea when touring the area. I like the detailed hub and wish I could travel.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 31, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Millicent. I am pleased that you enjoyed this tour of just a small fraction of the museums in Amsterdam.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on October 31, 2020:

Wow.This article has given me a tour of the museums in Amsterdam. I found them very interesting and good to read. Nice places to visit during vacations. Hope to one day be there. Scheepvaart museum. The Tale of the Whale which charts the changing attitudes 'from monster to protected mammal ' got ne wondering. I didn't know that The Bible museum exist. A beautiful story about the Van Loon. Beautiful. Thank you dear. Blessings.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 30, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Robert. The COVID exhibit is also forward thinking, as it is accessible online. It appears to be a collaboration between the public who contribute information and the Amsterdam museum, which collates it all. It is sad to hear that the second wave is hitting Europe badly.

Robert Sacchi on October 30, 2020:

Thanks for the look. The Dutch are looking ahead by planning a COVID-19 exhibit.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. We had hoped to visit the Resistance Museum the first time we went to Amsterdam, but ran out of time. I am very pleased that we got there second time around. It was well worth it. Having seen the Anne Frank House on our first trip, the Resistance Museum broadened our knowledge of the time of occupation during World War 2.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Brenda. We tend to read up about destinations before we travel. It's a helpful way to plan trips. The challenge in Amsterdam is then choosing what to see as there is so much choice. I hope that my articles will help other travellers plan their trips.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 29, 2020:

The Resistance museum sounds like a really historic trip into the past as well. It would be great if you were writing a historical fiction piece to get some background information into daily life during the occupation. How unique to have a museum like that. I'd love to see it.

Blessings,

Denise

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 29, 2020:

Peggy

These all sound fantastic.

I would love to see Van gough's & the Anne Frank house.

I will definitely check your work before planning a trip.

You really give great ideas and documentation.

Take care.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 28, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, FlourishAnyway. I would highly recommend Amsterdam as a city break destination. The challenge in writing about it was to keep the material to a manageable length as there is so much to see there.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 28, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Vikram. Amsterdam offers many options of interesting museums to visit. When faced with such a long list in guide books, I hope that this article helps to narrow down the choices.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 28, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. I was similar with the Anne Frank House. It was the first place we visited in Amsterdam. If your husband likes science, then NEMO would be a good place to go, near Oosterdok. I mentioned it in my article about free things to do in Amsterdam, as you can get on the roof terrace for free. But you have to pay to see the science exhibits inside.

We are fortunate that Amsterdam is only a short flight from the UK, so air fares are reasonable.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 28, 2020:

These are some fabulous museums that you profile. Your articles on Amsterdam have made me want to go when the virus lifts.

Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on October 28, 2020:

Hey my friend Liz, you have written an in-depth article related to Amsterdam's museums. Museums can be a great source of information related to history and people. You have described very well and the story related to Anne Frank is touching. Thank you for sharing this lovely article, my friend.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 28, 2020:

I could easily spend all my time visiting dusty old museums everywhere I go. But I usually have to think about others and temper my urge with the wants of those with me like my husband. Luckily he is an art and science lover too. I would so love to see the Anne Frank house having been so moved by her book when I was just a teenager. But I'd also love to see the works of Van Gogh and Vermeer and Rembrandt. All the Dutch masters for that matter. You are so blessed to have gotten to go twice!

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 28, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Eman. I often find that personal recommendations from friends can be very helpful when we are planning trips.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on October 28, 2020:

Thank you, Liz, for sharing your knowledge and expertise. This is a useful guide for anyone who wants to visit Amsterdam's museums.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 28, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Rosina. I hope you can visit Amsterdam in the future. As a city break destination it ticks a lot of boxes. Each time we go there we find more reasons to return.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Linda. Amsterdam is a great city break location. As you can't rely on the weather, especially in the cooler months, in northern Europe, the high number of museums give visitors plenty of indoor options.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Ellen. I enjoyed researching the article and revisiting the museums as I did so.

Rosina S Khan on October 27, 2020:

This article certainly gives a tour of the top museums in Amsterdam along with beautiful illustrations. It gives me all the more reason to visit the place. Thanks for sharing, Liz.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 27, 2020:

I would love to see the museums that you've described. Amsterdam sounds and looks like a lovely place to visit. Your photos are a great addition to the article. Thank you for sharing the information and the description of your experiences. You've created an interesting and useful article.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 27, 2020:

I would love to visit some of these museum. You provided a lot of interesting facts.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, SP Greaney. It's a challenge to decide which museums to visit, as the guide books list so many in Amsterdam. I hope that by sharing our experiences, we might help others with their planning.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 27, 2020:

This is such a great guide about which museums you should visit in Amsterdam and why. I only heard about a few of the ones you had mentioned but the others also look really interesting.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Liza. I learnt a lot about Dutch seafaring history at the Scheepvaart Museum. It was very well presented and interesting. We hadn't originally intended on visiting, but we were intrigued by the boats moored at the jetty outside and our guide books gave it a good write up. I am glad we investigated further. It was a morning very well spent. I hope you make it to Amsterdam when things get back to normal.

Liza from USA on October 27, 2020:

A museum is one of my favorite spots to visit when I go traveling. I reckoned from your article, the city of Amsterdam holds some of the best museums in Holland. I'm intrigued by the Dutch East India Company as it used to be one of the renowned commerce in Asia during its prime time. I hope after the travel is back to the routine I want to visit one of the museums you've mentioned on the list!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Chitrangada. I am pleased that I can use the photos and information we discovered on our trip to Amsterdam to inform others.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 27, 2020:

Excellent article about the best museums in Amsterdam. I would love to visit some of them.

Your pictures are inviting and beautiful. The article itself gives all the relevant information in details, and is the most elaborate guide to those who want to visit these beautiful places.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful information.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Linda. I hope you can visit the Netherlands in the future. It has so much to offer. I was interested to see that the Amsterdam Museum is currently running an online presentation about the effects of COVID on the city.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Peggy. Amsterdam certainly offers a lot of choice in museums. I now realise that comments are enabled as long as my article is on HubPages. If I request a move to a niche site, the comments no longer work.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on October 27, 2020:

Wonderful tours around Amsterdam! All of the museums are incredible. The gorgeous photos are lovely! Your holiday visit had been an amazing trip! I would also love to visit to the Netherlands. Hope we can go when the pandemic is finally gone!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 27, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your experiences of visiting these museums in Amsterdam, including those you hope to visit on another trip. I loved seeing all of your photos. The two settings on the water and those with those fantastic gardens make for lovely pictures. I am pleased that we can still leave comments on this article.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Dora. I enjoyed writing and researching this article. I was disappointed to read about the closure of the Bible Museum in Amsterdam, but if it moves around the Netherlands, as planned, more people might have an opportunity to visit.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 27, 2020:

Thanks for the opportunity to tour these museums which I may never do, any other way. I'd love to see all these museums, of course, the Bible Museum for the facts. Good read.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Bill. We are all virtual travellers at the moment. In my research for these articles I have been amazed at how much information there is to access online. With developments in VR, maybe there will come a time when we can all travel from our armchairs. That way we could see the sights, but skip the expense and hassle of getting there.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Miebakagh. I enjoy researching articles like this, as I often learn more than I knew at my first visit.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Pamela. I enjoyed revisiting the museums in Amsterdam as I wrote this article. It is good to be able to make use of the photos and experiences to inform others.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 27, 2020:

That would be a fascinating trip, one I'm sure I will never be able to take, so I really appreciate this wonderful view of them. Thank you for the information and great pictures. This would definitely be on my list, if I had a traveling list. :) Thank you my friend!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 27, 2020:

What interests me much about mesuems are their histories. This article is full of such information(each mesuem more so), with interesting pictures. Thaanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 27, 2020:

This is an excellent article that is full of good advice for seeing the museums of Amsterdam. Your pictures are fabulous and the descriptions are very good also. Thanks for a wealth of information, Liz.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Layne. Virtual travel is the only way at the moment to explore the world. Schiphol airport is a big European hub, easily linked to Amsterdam by train. I would recommend Amsterdam as a great place for a few days stopover as part of a bigger European trip maybe. I think we will all appreciate being able to get away and explore the world again once we can.

Layne Holmes from Bend, Oregon on October 27, 2020:

Hi Liz, great pictures from some great travels. Feeling an urge to see places but stuck here in the states with what's going on. These photos and the writing reminds me of pre2020 and times before. Eager to go back some normalcy. I've never been to Amsterdam but these spots look worth the visit.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Umesh. The challenge with a city like Amsterdam, that has so much to offer, is condensing the information down into an article. There is so much that deserves attention.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you very much for your comment, Lorna. I agree. Wrriting travel articles gives me the opportunity to 'revisit' places that we can't travel to at this time. We will all appreciate the freedom to visit these places when we can travel again.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Ankita. I hope you can visit Amsterdam. This article covers a fraction of the museums there. I would highly recommend Amsterdam as a great destination for a city break.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 27, 2020:

Very exhaustive article for museum lovers. Well presented.

Lorna Lamon on October 27, 2020:

Your wonderful article made me realise how much I miss travelling to Europe. I always try to include at least two museums to visit when I travel to Amsterdam. Given it has an abundance of museums I have still a few more on my list. Thank you for sharing such an informative and interesting article Liz, which made me a little nostalgic.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Jerry. Anne Frank house was top of the list for our first visit to Amsterdam. I found that the Verzets Museum filled in a lot more background to this terrible historical period in Amsterdam. It's sobering, but important that we don't forget the past. Amsterdam is a city that begs a return visit. We always leave with ideas of places to visit the next time.

Ankita B on October 27, 2020:

I loved reading this article. Amsterdam have really some great museums to visit. I look forward to seeing them in the future. It was a wonderful read with the descriptions and photos of the museums.

Jerry Cornelius on October 27, 2020:

Hi Liz, great article, only wish I'd read it prior to our last visit to Amsterdam (a couple of years ago). We did, however, visit the Anne Frank House, and I think you have described the atmosphere there perfectly - it really got to me too.