Like many central European nations, the Netherlands is home to a huge amount of art, culture and history in the form of galleries, museums, and heritage buildings. With cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht jam-packed with attractions and places of interest, there is no better way to explore the Netherlands than on foot or by bike.
Ann Frank Museum
Situated right in the center of Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House is a museum paying tribute to an ordinary young girl and the extraordinary diary of events she kept during the harrowing times of WWII. The museum plots the story of the courageous Anne, who recorded the daily activities where she remained in hiding for two years.
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267 Amsterdam
Dutch National Museum
No trip to the Netherlands would be complete without a visit to the Dutch National Museum, locally known as the Rijksmuseum. This grand, fascinating building is dedicated to culture and history and home to just about every Dutch artist of note, including masterpieces by the likes of Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Jacob van Ruysdael, and Jan Steen.
Address: 1070 DN Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Historical Museum
Located in the heart of the Netherlands’ shopping district, the Amsterdam Historical Museum is a tribute to the famous, and not so famous, citizens and residents of the city, and a celebration of its rich and diverse culture. Among the museum’s prized possessions are a collection of Rembrandt paintings and over 70,000 historical objects dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 523 1822
Website: http:// www.amsterdammuseum.nl/en
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is a modern glass building designed by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld in the Museumplein center of Amsterdam. The striking, contemporary design is a work of art in itself, but more importantly, houses a collection by the world’s most famous post-impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh that includes over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, 700 pieces of writing, and his personal collection of Japanese prints.
Address: 1070 AJ Amsterdam
The Royal Palace – Koninklijk Paleis
The most historically important building from 17th century Netherlands, the Royal Palace was built in 1684 by Jacob van Campen, with interior décor being contributed by Rembrandt and Ferdinand Bol. The stunning building includes furniture once owned by Napoleon, who was a resident at the palace in 1808, as well as numerous other culturally important art, artifacts, and furnishings. Today the palace is used for royal functions and celebrations, and is the official residence of the Dutch Royal Family.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147
Built in the contemporary shape of a mammoth sea-vessel, the impressive NEMO Museum has become an iconic landmark of the Netherlands, and is Amsterdam’s most unmistakable building. Close to Centraal Station, the museum houses fun and interactive exhibits for both young and old, including lessons in science, technology and maritime, with a somewhat abstract lounge area found on the rooftop.
Address: 1000 AK Amsterdam
Bijbels Museum (The Biblical Museum Amsterdam)
The Biblical Museum of Amsterdam is home to a huge collection of bibles, historical items and ancient artifacts from the Judeo-Christian tradition, including the Netherland’s oldest bible and a copy of the Dead Sea Scrolls from the Qumran, containing the Book of Isaiah. You'll discover a wealth of artifacts, writings, arts and crafts, that tell the story of Dutch culture and society.
Address: Herengracht 366-368, Amsterdam
Boom Chicago / Leidseplain Theatre
Sometime around the early 1990's a group of American expats got together in Amsterdam to form the Boom Chicago group, named after their native city. They've since gained world-wide popularity for their daring, cutting-edge performances, making the Leidseplain Theater the home of improvisational and sketch comedy in the Netherlands, a sure fire place for an evening of fun and laughter.
Address: Leidseplein 12 Amsterdam
An iconic building of central Amsterdam, Barltolotti House is a stunning period piece with a unique and attractive appearance, locally referred to as the House of Bright Colors. Designed by the famous Dutch architect Hedrick de Keyser for Willem van de Heuvel, this monumental home is one of the few remaining examples of early 17th century design in the Netherlands.
Address: Herengracht, 170-172 Amsterdam