No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a museum visit or two. There are a variety of world-famous options, which means you’ll have some big decisions to make if you’re only staying in the city for a few days.
To make planning your time a little easier, we’ve pulled together our pick of the best museums in Amsterdam, and why you might want to visit.
Best for: history enthusiasts, tourists, families
Don’t miss: The Year of Rembrandt exhibitions
The Rijksmuseum, or the museum of the Netherlands, is home to a range of brilliant exhibitions which link individuals with art and history. The collections offer a new perspective on Dutch art and history, with pieces ranging from the middle ages onwards.
The museum is located on the Museumplein in the centre of the city and is easy to get to by public transport, car, or bike. Because of its central location, choosing a hotel near Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is always a good idea. There are plenty of Accor hotels to choose from, so whether you’re looking for a low-budget spot in the city centre or a luxury canal-side boutique, you can find what you’re looking for among our Amsterdam hotels.
Van Gogh Museum
Best for: art enthusiasts, tourists
Don’t miss: The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers
One of the most iconic artists ever to have lived, Vincent Van Gough was born in Zundert in the southern Netherlands. The Van Gough Museum is in the country’s capital, bringing the life and work of the artist to a modern audience, with accessible presentation making the art exciting for all ages.
Anne Frank House
Best for: history enthusiasts, tourists, adults
Don’t miss: The Secret Annex
The Anne Frank House was established in collaboration with Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. The non-profit organisation occupies the house where Anne and her family hid throughout the German occupation of the city during WWII.
See the Secret Annex from which Anne wrote her iconic diary. There’s a sombre tone to the museum, as visitors are stunned into silence by the idea of things that passed in the house.
Anne Frank House
Best for: families
Don’t miss: the open-air exhibition on the museum’s rooftop
The NEMO Science Museum is one of Amsterdam’s best museums for kids, with several colourful interactive exhibitions including Sensational Science, World of Shapes, and Life in the Universe.
There’s plenty to see and learn from, and things to do in all the exhibition spaces. Whether you’re trying to capture energy from wind machines or building a dam in the Water exhibit, there’s something fun and memorable for all ages.