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Museums in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s museums are a must-visit all year round, but during the winter months, the museums are absolutely the place to be. The museums are located in the centre of Amsterdam and the indoor locations are perfect for a visit during your city break in Amsterdam. In this article we describe our top museums in Amsterdam to visit during the Winter Festival.

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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum – Photo by Erik Smits

The Rijksmuseum has some of the world’s most famous paintings in its collection (including, of course, Rembrandt’s Night Watch). The museum’s focus is on the 17th century. The collection in the beautifully restored building represents more than 800 years of impressive art history. The ‘Rijks’ on Museumplein in Amsterdam is an absolute must-see during Winter Festival Amsterdam. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (19+) € 21,00 | Kids (0-18) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: every day from 09:00 to 17:00

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum – Photo by Jan Kees Steenman

The Van Gogh Museum has the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s works of art. View Van Gogh’s paintings and get an idea of how he developed as an artist. There are also paintings by his contemporaries.

The museum’s permanent collection comprises 200 paintings and other works by Van Gogh. View his serene landscapes and beautiful still lifes, but also fascinating drawings and letters. Together, they offer a revealing insight into his extraordinary life. His legendary painting Sunflowers is also on display, as are a number of his eccentric self-portraits. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 21,00 | Kids (0-17) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: every day from 09:00 to 18:00

Moco Museum

Moco Museum – Banksy

The Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum Amsterdam is located in Villa Alsberg, a mansion from 1904, right on the Museumplein. See more than 50 original Banksy artworks and works by other pioneers in the art world. Plus, there are also changing temporary exhibitions.

On the ground floor you will find Banksy: Laugh Now, the first Banksy exhibition to be shown in the museum. This is also a rare chance to catch a glimpse of his painting Beanfield, which has not been on display anywhere since 2009. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 19,50 | Kids (10-17) € 16,50 | Kids (0-9) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 18:00 | Friday to Sunday from 09:00 to 20:00

Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is the permanent home of Modern Art. It has one of the richest modern art collections in the world. Temporary exhibitions are also held regularly.

The Stedelijk Museum’s permanent collection includes works by leading artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Monet, Picasso and Chagall, as well as pop art celebrities like Warhol and Lichtenstein. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (19+) € 23,00 | Kids (0-18) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 18:00

FOAM fotografiemuseum

FOAM Photomuseum Amsterdam

FOAM is located on Amsterdam’s 17th-century ring of canals and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will find the latest photography exhibitions here. FOAM is a perfect escape for photography lovers: look back on the leading men and women who looked through the lens and discover emerging new talent, .

FOAM combines the traditional interior of a mansion with a modern exterior of chrome and glass; this avant-garde balance reflects the combination of traditional and modern photography and media. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (12+) € 12,50 | Kids (0-11) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday 10:00 to 18:00 | Thursday and Friday from 10:00 to 21:00

Red Light Secrets Museum

Red Light Secrets Museum

Every night, thousands of people visit the Amsterdam Red Light District to see the ladies of light. Most people only see the red lights, but few really know what goes on behind those windows. Prepare yourself for a thorough education.

As you walk through the glittering bedrooms and bathrooms, you will be amazed at how comfortable and chic these spaces are. You will find out how the ladies are cared for and can feel safe during their work, which is both legal and protected in Amsterdam.

  • Location: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60h, 1012 DP, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 13,00
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | 25% discount I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Daily 13:00 to 22:30

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum – Photo by Caro Bonink

From the Middle Ages to the 17th century to today – learn all about the capital of the Netherlands through rare objects and interactive exhibits. This fun and educational museum tells the story of Amsterdam and is perfect for adults and children alike!

Amsterdam’s canals are world-famous, as are the Red Light District, the Vondelpark and its cycling culture. But what do you really know about the history of Amsterdam? If you really want to get to know the capital of the Netherlands, if you want to know how Mokum developed into a flourishing metropolis, then the Amsterdam Museum is the answer to all your questions. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Kalverstraat 92, 1012 PH, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 20,00 | Kids (0-17) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 17:00

Tropenmuseum

Tropenmuseum – Photo by Rob van Esch

From the outside, the Tropenmuseum is an impressive and typically Dutch, brick building. But once inside, it shows a whole other world. The whole world! Located in trendy East Amsterdam, the museum challenges visitors to think about other countries and cultures using artefacts and objects from all over the world.

The Tropenmuseum zooms in on the enormous cultural diversity that makes the world rich. The exhibitions are mostly about foreign countries and cultures, and they show that, despite the large cultural differences, there are perhaps even more similarities. Children in particular love discovering other worlds, cultures and ways of life here. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (19+) € 16,00 | Kids (4-18) € 8,00 | Kids (0-3) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00 | Monday closed

Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum)

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) – Photo by Eddo Hartmann

Experience 500 years of sailors’ excitement, courage and adventure at the Scheepvaartmuseum. Learn all about the most important moments in maritime history: from sensational sea battles to important trade routes. And don’t miss the new Virtual Reality experience that is entirely dedicated to the Golden Age.

Step aboard a replica of a VOC ship, discover how and why Europeans braved the oceans to reach distant continents and admire fantastic old atlases and maps. Are you getting the travel bug too? Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 16,50 | Kids (4-17) € 8,00 | Kids (0-3) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Every day 10:00 to 17:00

NEMO Science Museum

NEMO Science Museum – Photo by DigiDaan

An exciting and compelling visit to Science Center Nemo will show you that science can be fun! It is a very interesting experience for children, seniors and students alike! Discover scientific and technological wonders in Nemo!

Housed in a gigantic building in the shape of a ship, Nemo attracts more than 500,000 visitors per year. All 5 floors are filled with scientific and technological wonders to give visitors a great experience! Nemo gives you the chance to discover the world around you in an interactive and entertaining way. See how things work and function through the eyes of a professor or engineer. Why does lightning strike at the highest point? How do you purify water? What happens when you coast? What will you look like in 30 years? You will find the answers to all these questions and many more in Nemo. Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

Diamond Museum

Diamond Museum Amsterdam

In the Amsterdam Diamond Museum, you will take a journey that began 3 billion years ago and ends on the ring on your finger. See world-famous and rare diamonds from all over the world. What’s more, this stunning Amsterdam attraction also features several special exhibitions!

Learn about the history of the Amsterdam diamond trade, see the craftsmen at work and stand in a mirror room that feels like a giant diamond! Please make sure you will reserve your tickets for the desired day and time slot on time.

  • Location: Paulus Potterstraat 8, 1071 CZ, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 11,00 | Kids (13-17) € 8,00 | Kids (0-12) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Every day 09:00 to 17:00

Check out the museums on the Winter Festival map