Main museums in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands' largest museum. Although the museum is still undergoing renovation work until 2013 (in the coming year), part of the museum will remain open to visitors with a special exhibition of The Masterworks, in which the Rijksmuseum shows the cream of its own collection of masterpieces. The startling presentation in the newly established Philips' Wing provides a special opportunity to see all the highlights of the Golden Age displayed together: the magnificent doll´s houses, a treasure of silverware, the most beautiful Delft pottery, grand depictions of Amsterdam's historic peace-keeping guards, icons of Dutch history and, of course, all the favourites, such as the famous paintings by Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Together they tell an impressive tale of the political, economic and artistic wonder of the Golden Age.

The Van Gogh Museum

A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the world. Van Gogh was one of the most prolific artists of the nineteenth century and produced extraordinary paintings that are world famous today. The Van Gogh Museum offers a vivid insight into the artist’s work and life.

Note: the Van Gogh Museum will be closed from October 2012 until 25 April 2013 for renovation. During this period the Van Gogh Museum will exhibit works of Van Gogh in a very special way at another museum, the “Hermitage Amsterdam”. In a display of some 75 paintings, selected letters, objects and works on paper, visitors will follow Vincent van Gogh on a personal quest into the heart of his artistic identity.

The Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum is an innovative and high profile museum for modern art,beloved among art connoisseurs from all over the world. At the Stedelijk, works from the Cobra Movement and by Malevich, Mondriaan, Matisse and other great artists can be admired. The totally renewed Stedelijk Museum re-opened its doors in September 2012 after a long period of renovations.

Apart from these three main museums Amsterdam has numerous other famous or interesting museums:

The Cobra Museum

Having a large collection of Cobra works ourselves, of course we warmly recommend the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. Cobra caused a revolution in the Netherlands; a breakthrough in modern art that continues to influence art theory and artistic expression to the present day. The Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen ensures that the legacy of the international Cobra Movement remains in the public eye, and that the intellectual heritage of the Movement's artists is kept alive.

Anne Frank House

It goes without saying that the Anne Frank House, located close to the Ambassade Hotel, doesn’t need much further introduction. Go and visit the canal house where Anne Frank wrote her world-famous diary while in hiding in occupied Holland during World War II. Each year millions of tourists from around the world visit the ‘Achterhuis’, where Anne and her family went into hiding.

The Hermitage Amsterdam

The Hermitage Amsterdam has been a huge success since its opening in 2009. This beautiful museum, located on the banks of the Amstel river, has an agreement with the Russian government to produce exhibitions together with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

During the renovation of the Van Gogh Museum, from September 2012 until 25 April 2013, the Van Gogh Museum will exhibit about 75 works by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) from its permanent collection in the Hermitage Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam Museum

Everybody who is interested in the history of Amsterdam simply must visit the Amsterdam Museum, which is only a 3-minute walk from the Ambassade Hotel. The rich collection of works of art, objects and archaeological finds brings to life the fortunes of Amsterdammers of days gone by and today. Photos and film material show the happy times as well as the drama of the modern city's inhabitants.

Canal House Museum

Staying in a canal house yourself, you might be interested in visiting one of the canal house museums close by. A visit to Het Grachtenhuis which takes less than an hour, gives you another angle on Amsterdam history. A wonderful miniature model of the canal house, very much in the tradition of the Dutch Golden Age dolls house but enriched with multimedia wonders, and the big urban model of the canal belt area, are the highlights of the show.