Amsterdam is a beautiful city in the Netherlands with impressive architecture, lovely canals that criss-cross the city, great shopping and friendly people. There is something for every traveller's taste here - whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city.
An extensive list of museums in Amsterdam can be found at the public transportation website in the 'tourist guide' section, click the 'sights' button.
Don't let the long line discourage you; it moves quickly and the experience inside the hiding places on the top floors are moving. Go in the early evening around 17:00 to avoid any lines. The Anne Frank House remains open much later during the summer.
'The largest museum for art and history in the Netherlands;' works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and other Dutch masters. Students are admitted free. Note: The Rijksmuseum is currently facing major renovations and although some parts are opened, only a small part of the usual collection is shown.
In addition to being a zoo, Artis is also a botanical garden. Although many of the plants and trees in Artis are native to the Netherlands, many species have been gathered from all over the world, just like the animal species in Artis. An entry ticket for Artis also provides admission to the Planetarium, the Geological Museum, the Aquarium and the Zoological Museum.
A cat museum. Housed in a beautiful restored palatial home in an upscale area street - very Masterpiece Theater. It was opened by the homeowner after his favorite cat died... and he still lives in the home. Lots of cat-related art, and real felines.
This museum is dedicated to this late 19th century Dutch painter. It's located on the Museumplein, a square you shouldn't miss. Do not expect to see all of Van Gogh's works however as they only have a portion of the collection at this museum. Many of his pieces are at the Louvre and elsewhere. Still worth the visit though, especially with the audio tour. At only 1.5 Euro, the audio tour, in the language of your choice, will give you a much better understanding of Van Gogh's life and his paintings.
The city park. Especially in the summer it's lively and crowded. Meet the locals there.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of contemporary and historical films. Multiple screenings daily. The Filmmuseum is located in the Vondelpark, between park entrances Roemer Visscherstraat and Vondelstraat.
(Flower Market), open daily on Singel. Buy pre-approved bulbs if taking them to the US or Canada.
Known locally as De Negen Straatjes. This is a charming area of Nine little streets that straddle the main canals from the Prinsengracht to the Singel - just behind the Dam Square. Fabulous unique little boutiques, specialist shops, galleries and restaurants - you can spend a wonderful afternoon exploring these historic streets.
Open daily on the Dam Square. This former Town hall (built in 1651) has a great and beautiful hall and other chambers.
Open daily at the Mauritskade. Free tours including free drinks.
Don't miss the Oude Kerk at the Oudezijds Voorburgwal: a church surrounded by brothels!
The Amsterdam metropolitan museum of modern art.
This tool has a city map of Amsterdam. It makes it also easy to find museums and other points of interest.