Museums in the Netherlands

Museums in the Netherlands

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For such a small country, the Netherlands boasts a breathtakingly wide variety of museums which reflect its rich cultural heritage.


The Rijksmuseum houses some of the most cherished works in the Netherlands including Rembrandt's world-famous painting "The Night Watch", four of Jan Vermeer's miniatures, and numerous works by Frans Hals. This museum situated at Jan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam houses one of the most impressive art collections in the world and should be included on the trail of all art lovers.
Open daily from 9.00 to 17:00 (the ticket office closes at 16:30).

Closed 1 January and 25 December.

Ticket prices: Adults up to and including 31 October 2014: EUR 15. Adults from 1 November 2014: EUR 17.50    

Children aged 18 and under, Museumkaart holders, members of ICOM, ICOMOS, UNESCO, the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt), KOG, Vrienden van de Aziatische Kunst and Vrienden van het Rijksmuseum: free admission.

The Van Gogh Museum is another essential stop for those interested in Dutch art. Here you can find most of Van Gogh`s work; 200 paintings and 500 drawing are kept here. Enjoy the original "Sunflowers" plus the earliest self-portraits of this remarkable Dutch artist. The permanent collection includes important works by van Gogh's 19th-century contemporaries, and frequent temporary or visiting exhibitions concentrate on the same period. The museum is located in Amsterdam's Museum district at Paulus Potterstraat 7.

The museum is open daily but opening hours vary throughout the year:

  • From 1 March until 30 June: daily from 9 am to 6 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays.
  • From 1 July to 1 September: daily from 9 am to 6 pm, until 10 pm on Fridays and 9 pm on Saturdays.
  • From 2 September until 26 December: daily from 9 am to 5 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays.   
  • From 27 to 31 December: daily from9 am to 6 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays.

Price: Adults EUR 15
Visitors under 18; free
Free entry for Museumkaart holders, ICOM members, Rembrandtkaart holders, I amsterdam City Card holders and Hollandpass holders.
Stadspas holders: EUR 7.50
CJP holders: EUR 12

For school arrangements other prices apply; visit

There is no special rate for groups or students.


The Anne Frank house is where the Jewish immigrant girl Anne Frank went into hiding with family and friends during WWII to escape the Nazis and where the teenager wrote her world-renowned diary. You can get a feel of how her life must have been through walking through the 75 metre square annex and the website uses her diary entries to tell her inspiring story and how the Anne Frank Museum was founded in honour of this young girl's life and others who died in the Nazi concentration camps. This small museum is well worth a visit. Save queuing time through booking online via the website:

Adults: EUR 9, children aged 10-17: EUR: 4.50, children aged 0-9: free.
European Youth Card: EUR 4.50

No free entry with the I amsterdam City Card.

The museum is open daily but opening hours vary throughout the year:

  • November 1 through March 31: Daily from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturdays from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm).
  • April 1 through October 31: Daily from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, (Saturdays from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm).
  • In July and August the museum is daily open till 10:00 pm.


Last Admittance is 30 minutes prior to closing.


Exceptions to standard opening hours:

  • January 1: 12 noon - 7:00 pm
  • May 4: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Closed on Yom Kippur.
  • November 1: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Amsterdam Museum Night)
  • December 25: 12 noon - 5:00 pm
  • December 31: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Amsterdam Museum, which can be entered at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 or the other side on Kalverstraat 92, is all about history and art, showcasing rich collections of archaeological findings, art and many other objects associated with the people of Amsterdam. Photos and historical film archives give the visitor new insights into the lives of 'Amsterdammers` both past and present. For more information or to book your tickets online, visit

Price: Adult: EUR 11, children aged 5 - 18: EUR 5, children aged 0 - 4: free.

CJP, Cultuurkaart, IYTC, student card: EUR 8.25.

I amsterdam City Card, I amsterdam Congress Card, ICOM, Museum Card, Holland Pass voucher: free.

Audio tour: EUR 4.00.

The museum is open everyday from 10.00 am till 17.00. The museum is closed on April 27 (Kings Day) and December 25. Closing time on December 5, 24 and 31 is 16.00 pm.



diamand museumIf diamonds have captured you with their sparkle then the Diamond Museum in Amsterdam is the place for you. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about diamonds, see replicas of the crown jewels and step into the famous Diamond Room. But for now you may want to check the website of this astonishing place situated at Paulus Potterstraat 8.

The museum is open daily from 9.00 - 17.00.

  • Adults: EUR 8.50
  • Seniors (65 +), CJP, students, children aged 13 - 18: EUR 6.00
  • Children aged 0 - 12: free.
  • Free entry for Museumcard holders and I Amsterdam card holders.

Visitors are asked to please make a reservation for group visits.



maruitshuisMauritshuis, situated at Korte Vijverberg 8, Den Haag, is an intimate museum set in the 17th-century palace of a Dutch count; it contains a small but impressive collection of Golden Age art treasures. You can find out more about the history of this museum and its exhibitions on its website at

Opening hours:

  • Monday (until 1 November 2014): 10 am - 6 pm
  • Tuesday through Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm 
  • Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm


Adults: EUR 14, children (up and until 18): free

Multimedia tour: EUR 3.50 

Combination Ticket for Mauritshuis and Prince William V Gallery: EUR 17.50 

Groups (>15 people): EUR 12.50

CJP, Student Card: EUR 11

Friends of the Mauritshuis, Rembrandt society, Museum Card, ICOM: free

Holland Pass/ The Hague Delft Pass: free (in exchange of coupon)

Tour operators: EUR 12


boimans museumMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen at Museumpark 18-20, Rotterdam, is an eclectic museum featuring a wide range of art forms. Here you can anything from visual to applied arts which span a period of over 7 centuries! You can view paintings by the likes of Pieter Bruegel and Jan van Eyck, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali


Opening hours:

Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm. 
The Library is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11 am to 4.30 pm
The Espresso Bar is open from 10 am to 5.30 pm.


The musuem is closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whitmonday), 1 January, Kingsday, and 25 December.

The museum closes at 16.00 on Saint Nicholas' night December 5th, Christmas Eve December 24th and New Year's Eve December 31st.

Prices: Adults: EUR 15, children 0 - 18: free

Group rates: EUR 12.50 Group rates, minimum 15 persons (booking in advance)

Students: EUR 7.50

Museumparkticket: EUR 27.50 

Free entry for Friends of the Museum, ICOM Card, CIMAM Card and Museum Card holders and guides of handicapped people.

Please note: During the exhibition The Future of Fashion is Now (11 October 2014 - 18 January 2015) there is an everyday surcharge of EUR 2.00 for the museum.

Museum Card holders pay only the surcharge of EUR  2.00

Visitors aged 18 or under, Friends of the museum and ICOM and CIMAM members do not pay the surcharge.




Expatica/ Teodora Bojidarova Todorova


Readers' recommendations

  • De Pont in Tilburg
  • Kroller-Muller in Otterloo 
  • Groninger Museum in Groningen
  • Frans Hals in Haarlem
  • Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen
  • Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.
  • Museumkaart - for around 40 euros per year (plus registration fee of approximatey 5 euro), the Museumkaart allows express entry into many museums for free, except for specific exhibition which may incur a small charge.


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3 Comments To This Article

  • Rees Williams posted:

    on 24th August 2011, 12:58:57 - Reply

    I find a list which excludes the Kroller -Muller (Otterloo), Frans Hals (Haarlem) and Zuiderzee (Enkhuizen) museums is limited. Also for anyone intersted in visiting the Anne Frank house I'd stronly recommend a visit also to the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.
  • Mel posted:

    on 24th August 2011, 11:34:30 - Reply

    The excellent Museumkaart is worth mentioning too. For around 40 euro a year (after an initial registration fee of about 5 euro), it will allow you to go in to many museums free of charge (and avoid huge queues!) or in some cases you just have to pay the supplement for a specific exhibition. It's a good idea to check beforehand as a few museums, like the Kroller -Muller, aren't included in the scheme though. You can sign up at your next visit and the entrance fee will be covered. All in all, a brilliant idea!
  • Geoff Naylor posted:

    on 23rd August 2011, 12:28:01 - Reply

    The selections mentioned in the article are without doubt among the best known museums in The Netherlands. But there are also many other fine museums outside the Randstad that are well worth a visit, such as the De Pont in Tilburg, the Kroller-Muller in Otterloo and the Groninger Museum in Groningen.