Amsterdam is an old city, founded in the 12th century as a small fishing village. It is a city with a rich and sometimes turbulent history. This history is reflected in the city’s great number of museums. Amsterdam’s many museums celebrate the city’s history, art, and influence. Especially if it’s your first time in the city, a visit to some of the most famous museums of Amsterdam should be a key part of your trip.
The Major Museums
The largest and most important museums in Amsterdam are the Rijksmuseum, the Stedlelijk Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam was initially founded to display only Dutch art. As time passed, art from many nations was included in the museum’s extensive collection. But the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam still contains the world’s most impressive collection of classic Dutch art.
The Van Gogh Musesum displays the world’s largest collection of work by renowned Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. There, you can see the development of the artist throughout his career.
The Stedelijek Museum is the most important museum of modern art in the Netherlands, with an impressive collection of modern pieces from all over the world.
The Mini Museums
There are many smaller, but still important, museums all over Amsterdam. The most notable of these museums is the Anne Frank House, the site of the events narrated in the classic book “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Among these museums you will also find many former homes of rich Dutch merchants, such as the Van Loon House, which were converted into museums to illustrate the lifestyle during the Dutch Golden Age.
A visit to some of these smaller museums in Amsterdam gives you a rich idea of Dutch history, and a fascinating peek into the past. If you’ve ever read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the Anne Frank House in particular is not to be missed.