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Van Gogh Museum

Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier) 98 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Museumplein—a grassy square connecting Amsterdam’s main art centers. — Afar Magazine

The Van Gogh Museum is one of Amsterdam’s must-sees. — Lonely Planet

The experience is unforgettable. — Michelin Guide

Including The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House in Arles, and Wheatfield with Crows. — Condé Nast Traveler

Rent a bicycle and head to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of work by the influential Dutch Impressionist. — Travel + Leisure

The Rijksmuseum

Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier) 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Famed for its 17C paintings, the museum also has other magnificent collections. — Michelin Guide

An unparalleled journey through 800 years of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day. — Condé Nast Traveler

Most of it is closed, but key paintings and other works from the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age can be viewed in the museum's Philips Wing. — Frommer's

Netherlands' premier art trove, splashing Rembrandts, Vermeers and 7500 other masterpieces over 1.5km of galleries. — Lonely Planet

One of Europe’s great art museums, the red-brick, neo-Gothic national art museum devotes 14 rooms to more than 400 Dutch masterpieces. — Travel + Leisure

Anne Frank House

Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in the west end of Amsterdam’s canal belt, the Anne Frank House is open for hour-long tours. — Travel + Leisure

You shouldn't miss seeing and experiencing this typical Amsterdam canal house. — Frommer's

The Anne Frank House is by far the most popular sight in the entire city, with lines that start at least 30min — Let's Go

You'll be surprised at how emotional a walk through the secret annex can be, imagining how the Franks and their friends lived their lives and catching a glimpse of the diary. — Concierge

Anne Frank, one of the most famous authors of the 20th century, wrote the inspiring diary of a Jewish girl who was forced to hide with her family here in a hidden apartment from the Nazis. — Fodor's

Rembrandt House

Plantage & the East 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the house that Rembrandt bought, flush with success, for 13,000 guilders (a princely sum) in 1639, and where he lived and worked until 1656 when declared bankrupt. — Fodor's

The artist Rembrandt lived in this house towards the end of his life, from 1639 until 1656, when bankruptcy forced him to sell all his possessions at auction — Travel + Leisure

No oil paintings on display—go to the Rijksmuseum if that's what you're after—but plenty of his groundbreaking etchings. — Condé Nast Traveler

You almost expect to find the master himself at the Museum het Rembrandthuis , where Rembrandt van Rijn ran the Netherlands’ largest painting studio. — Lonely Planet

In this house (ca. 1606), you get a more intimate sense of Rembrandt -- it's a shrine to one of the greatest artists the world has ever known. — Frommer's

Amsterdam Museum

Centrum 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You won't find any dusty relics here – the city's history museum covers the early years well, but just as interesting are the exhibits on the past century. — Lonely Planet

Any city that began in the 13th century as a boggy swamp to become the trading powerhouse of the world in the 17th century has a fascinating story to tell, and this museum does it superbly. — Fodor's

A note to all those historical museums around the world that struggle to present their exhibits in an engaging fashion: head here to see how it's done. — Time Out

This modern museum uses paintings, objects, sculptures and documents to recapture the great events in Amsterdam's history. — Michelin Guide

Objects, stories, treasures and works of art from Amsterdam’s long and at times illustrious history, all form part of imaginative displays on the city’s past, present and even future — The Telegraph

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier) 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1895 to a neo-Renaissance design by AM Weissman, the Stedelijk Museum is the permanent home of the National Museum of Modern Art. — Lonely Planet

Amsterdam's celebrated treasurehouse of modern art, the Stedelijk finally reopened (in September 2012) following a massive refurbishment of this wedding-cake Neo-Renaissance structure. — Fodor's

Stylishly revamped after a long closure, the Stedelijk showcases modern and contemporary art from the huge municipal collection — The Telegraph

Collections contain work from 1850 to the present day, from the classics of modern art like Manet, Picasso and Mondrian to the present day. — Michelin Guide

When Amsterdam's trove of modern art was reopened with a bold bathtub-shaped extension after eight years of reinvention, everything had been redone but the brass banisters, which have... — Condé Nast Traveler

Hermitage Amsterdam

Plantage & the East 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It has fast become one of the city’s most popular attractions since its 2009 opening. — Lonely Planet

The Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg has been loaning art and historical artifacts to Amsterdam exhibitions for years,. — Condé Nast Traveler

In a former almshouse for the aged, built in the 1680s, Hermitage Amsterdam shows off treasures on loan from the Hermitage Palace in St Petersburg, in different themed exhibitions — The Telegraph

Taking advantage of 300 years of historical links between Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. — Fodor's

Opened in 2004 in the neoclassical Amstelhof, the Amsterdam branch of Russia's renowned State Hermitage museum recalls links between the two canal-threaded cities that date back centuries. — Frommer's

Museum Ons'Lieve Heer Op Solder

Red Light District (De Wallen) 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The faithful were forced to celebrate mass in private abodes, and places like these acquired the nickname "Our Lord in the Attic". — Michelin Guide

With its elegant gray-and-white facade and spout gable, this appears to be just another lovely 17th-century canal house, and on the lower floors it is. — Fodor's

What looks like an ordinary canal house turns out to have an entire Catholic church stashed inside. — Lonely Planet

The Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (“Our Lord in the Attic”) museum commemorates a beautiful Catholic church that was built…in an attic. — Let's Go

Originally known as the Museum Amstelkring, this place is a well-kept secret. — Time Out

Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Here's a rare chance to experience what it was like to live in a gracious mansion on the Herengracht in the 18th century. — Fodor's

Originally built for the city's mayor around 1685, this grand canal house is still partly furnished in the style of the time, while other rooms date back to the 18th century. — Travel + Leisure

The grandest and most glittering of Amsterdam’s canal-house museums was occupied by a succession of local notables, the last, Sandrina Holthuysen, dying alone, surrounded by cats in 1895 — The Telegraph

The furniture and artefacts inside give an impression of the life led by merchants in the Dutch "Golden Age". — Michelin Guide

The museum’s goal is to demonstrate what wealthy Dutch life was like in the 19th century as seen through the eyes of Abraham Willet and Louisa Willet-Holthuysen. — Let's Go

Museum Van Loon

Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stuffed with swirling plasterwork, marble, family portraits, silver, and sweeping staircases. — Condé Nast Traveler

The elegant salons include many Van Loon portraits and possessions, including paintings known as witjes, illusionistic depictions of landscapes and other scenes. — Fodor's

The painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt and a famous portrait-painter, was the tenant of this house. — Michelin Guide

Museum Van Loon is an opulent 1672 residence that was first home to painter Ferdinand Bol and later to the wealthy Van Loon family. — Lonely Planet

The posh mid-18th-century interior is terrifically grand, and admirers of Louis XIV and XV decor will find much that excites. So will art-lovers. — Time Out

Heineken Experience

De Pijp 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On the site of the company’s old brewery, the newly renovated attraction let’s you take a self-guided tour that’s tantamount to brew-worship. — Lonely Planet

Four floors of holograms, multimedia exhibits, and virtual-reality machines tell you everything you’ll ever want to know about the green-bottled stuff. — Let's Go

The experience unfolds inside former Heineken brewing facilities, which date from 1867. — Frommer's

A venue for receptions and a museum of beer... the visit includes enormous copper vats and the brewery's former stables (the barrels were delivered by cart), as well as a free glass of beer. — Michelin Guide

Founded by Gerard Heineken in 1864, the Heineken label has become one of the world's most famous (and popular) beers. — Fodor's

NEMO Science Museum

Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied) 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Resembling an enormous green hull facing the IJ river, Nemo is the work of Renzo Piano, architect of the Pompidou Centre in Paris — Michelin Guide

Attractions range from the giant "bubbles" on the ground floor to experiments in the wonder lab and interactive exhibitions like Teen Facts. Kids love it. — Fodor's

A fount of science and technology, NEMO is housed in a swooping modern building in the Eastern Dock, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. — Frommer's

Perched atop the entrance to the IJ Tunnel is NEMO, the largest museum of science and technology in the Netherlands. — Lonely Planet

Nemo opened in 1998 and has gone from strength to strength as a truly kid-friendly science museum. — Time Out

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Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum

Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied) 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This impossible-to-overlook example of Dutch Classicism became the new home of the Maritime Museum in the 1970s. — Fodor's

If it’s nautical art that floats your boat, then the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum is a must. — Time Out

Five hundred years of maritime history is packed into the elegant Dutch classicist Admiralty Arsenal, built on the water in 1655 to stock and supply the vessels of the Golden Age — The Telegraph

An immense 17th-century admiralty building houses one of the world's most extensive collections of maritime memorabilia. — Lonely Planet

All the exhibits chronicle the country's abiding ties to the sea through commerce, fishing, yachting, exploration, and war. — Frommer's

EYE Film Institute Netherlands

Amsterdam 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The museum has a large collection of memorabilia including over half a million photos, 20,000 books and a priceless archive of 37,000 films that are screened. — Lonely Planet

The most important centre for cinematography in the Netherlands, specialising in major retrospectives and edgier contemporary fare. — Time Out

Its gleaming complex houses four movie theaters, exhibitions, a store, and a restaurant with a sought-after terrace with views. — Frommer's

Going to Amsterdam's film institute and museum, called the Eye, is fun for the journey alone. — Afar Magazine

The museum houses temporary exhibitions, interactive and educational displays, a cinema where arthouse films are screened and a very pleasant gallery café with views of the city and the river. — Michelin Guide

The Resistance Museum

Plantage & the East 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Verzetsmuseum is one of Amsterdam's most illuminating museums and quite possibly its most moving. — Time Out

From May 14, 1940, to May 5, 1945, the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany. This museum looks at the population's response: who resisted and how. — Fodor's

Daily wartime existence is brought to life ... highlighting the issues faced by the Dutch population: raids, Nazi propaganda, the Resistance and manufacturing forged papers. — Michelin Guide

This museum shows, in no uncertain terms, how much courage it takes to actively resist an adversary so ruthless that you can't trust neighbours, friends or even family. — Lonely Planet

Take a trip back in time to Holland's dark World War II days, during the Nazi occupation (1940-45). — Frommer's

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Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam

Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in a beautiful old canal-side home, Foam is the place to go in Amsterdam to see interesting photography of every medium—from both established photographers and up-and-comers. — goop

A small, smartly curated museum with global clout (and worth at least an hour's visit), Foam specializes in conceptual exhibits from both power-house photographers and emerging talents. — Concierge

This excellent photography museum, located in a renovated canal house, holds regular exhibitions of works by shutter-button maestros like August Sander. — Time Out

In a city stuck in the past, this is one of the best places to find quality modern art in the medium of photography. — Let's Go

Dutch photographers such as Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Hendrik Kerstens, and Rineke Dijkstra are world renowned and they've all had shows here. — Fodor's

Royal Palace Amsterdam

Centrum 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Commissioned as a town hall in 1648, this building became a palace in the 19th century. — Lonely Planet

From the outside, it is somewhat hard to believe that these ponderous premises were declaimed by poet and diplomat Constantijn Huygens as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". — Fodor's

William of Orange, King of the United Provinces in 1814, made it his residence. Nowadays the Queen only makes occasional appearances here. — Michelin Guide

One of the Dam's heavier features is the solid, neoclassical facade of the Royal Palace (1648-55). — Frommer's

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Jewish Historical Museum

Plantage & the East 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum occupies four synagogues from the 17th and 18th Centuries ... it seeks to convey different elements of Jewish history. — Michelin Guide

The Joods Historisch Museum, is a beautifully restored complex of four Ashkenazic synagogues from the 17th and 18th centuries. — Lonely Planet

Investigates Jewish life in Holland from myriad perspectives. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Jewish Historical Museum is full of religious items, photographs and paintings detailing the rich history of Jews and Judaism in the Netherlands throughout the centuries. — Time Out

The museum traces the history of Jews in the Netherlands, and displays ceremonial objects, but my visits are usually to see temporary exhibitions. — The Telegraph

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Tropenmuseum

Amsterdam 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The interiors of this museum and its library are really beautiful—a mosaic of polished wood and marble surfaces. — Afar Magazine

A fun experience for you and your kids. The museum has been renovated recently. Last summer they also opened a big terrace overlooking the Oosterpark. — On the Grid

This is a handsome and vast building, sitting rather grandly in a slightly out-of-the-way (by the pocket handkerchief standards of Amsterdam, anyway) location. — Time Out

This immense museum provides an anthropological look at the world’s tropical regions from the distant past to today. — Let's Go

The Tropenmuseum houses a three-storey collection of colonial artefacts, presented with insight, imagination and a fair amount of multimedia. — Lonely Planet

ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo

Plantage & the East 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The oldest zoo on the European continent, Artis has an alphabet soup of wildlife: alligators, birds, chimps and so on up to zebras. — Lonely Planet

Laid out in grand style in 1838, Artis Royal Zoo (the ‘royal’ refers to its charter, not its inhabitants) is the oldest public zoo in continental Europe. — The Telegraph

If you're at a loss for what to do with the kids, Artis is a safe bet -- more than a million visitors a year agree. — Frommer's

Artis was continental Europe's first zoo and is the world's third oldest... a good family day out. — Fodor's

The zoo is home to some 6000 animals (nearly 1200 species)... a geological museum (Geologisch Museum) provides an overview of the history of the planet. — Michelin Guide

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