Dutch museums

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 Netherlands has the highest concentration of museums in the world. Below is a selection of the top Dutch museums. If you are a regular museum visitor, consider getting the Museumkaart (EUR 59.90 for adults, EUR 32.45 for children aged 18 and younger), which allows express entry into many museums for free, except for small charged for specific (temporary) exhibitions.

Amsterdam museums

Rijksmuseum

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 Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam houses one of the most impressive art collections in the world and should be included on the trail of all art lovers.

Visitors information Rijksmuseum:

  • Open daily from 9:00 to 17:00 (the ticket office closes at 16:30)
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: 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, Vrienden van het Rijksmuseum, and BankGiro Lottery VIP-Card holders: free admission
    • Holders of CJP, Stadspas or EYCA: 50% reduction on regular ticket price
  • www.rijksmuseum.nl


Van Gogh Museum

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 drawings. Enjoy the original Sunflowers as well as the earliest self-portraits of this remarkable Dutch artist. The permanent collection also 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 Museumplein 6.

Visitors information Van Gogh Museum:

  • Open daily from 9:00 to 18:00 (the ticket office closes at 17:30). The busiest times are between 11:00 and 15:00
  • Ticket Prices:
    • Adults: EUR 17
    • Children aged 17 and under, Museumkaart holders, members of ICOM and the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) and holders of the Stadspas, iAmsterdam City Card and Vincent's Friends annual pass: free admission
  • www.vangoghmuseum.nl


Anne Frank House

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 for what her life must have been like by walking through the 75 metre square annex. 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. As it attracts a lot of visitors, it is only open to visitors with an online ticket for a specific time slot between 9:00 and 15:00.

Visitors information Anne Frank House:

  • Open daily from 9:00 to 22:00 from April through October and from 9:00 to 19:00 (21:00 on Saturdays) from November through March. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing. For exceptions on these opening hours, please check www.annefrank.org.
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: EUR 9
    • Children aged 10-17 and European Youth Card holders: EUR: 4.50
    • Children aged 0-9 and Museumkaart holders: free admission
  • www.annefrank.org


Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Museum

The Amsterdam Museum, which can be entered at either Kalverstraat 92 or Sint Luciënsteeg 27, 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.

Visitors information Amsterdam Museum:

  • Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, but closed on 27 April and 25 December.
    On 1 January, the museum is open from noon until 17:00.
    On 5, 24 and 31 December, the museum is open until 16:00.
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: EUR 12.50
    • Holders of CJP and Student Card: EUR 10
    • Children aged 5 - 18: EUR 6.50
    • Children aged 0 - 4, members of ICOM and the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) and holders of Stadspas, iAmsterdam City Card, iAmsterdam Congress Card, Museumkaart and Holland Pass voucher: free admission
  • www.amsterdammuseum.nl


Diamond Museum

If 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. The musuem is located at Paulus Potterstraat 2.

Visitors information Diamond Museum:

  • Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: EUR 10
    • Senior citizens (65 +), CJP holders, students, and children aged 13 - 18: EUR 7.50
    • Children aged 0 - 12, and holders of Museumkaart and iAmsterdam Card: free admission
  • Visitors are asked to please make a reservation for group visits.
  • www.diamonds-amsterdam.com


Other museums in Amsterdam

  • Dutch Costume Museum: an overview of local traditional dress and folk art per region
  • Electric Ladyland: a collection of all things fluorescent
  • Jewish Historical Museum: an overview of Jewish history, religion and culture
  • Vrolik Museum: a somewhat gruesome collection of pathological specimens, odd skulls and bones that belonged to anatomy professor Geradus Vrolik (1755–1859) and others

Groningen Museums

Groninger Museum

The Groninger Museum, located at Museumeiland 1, has a very varied collection. They focus on the history and culture of the city and province of Groningen, 17th-century drawings as well as modern art. Their collection of Oriental ceramics is among the most important in the country. The museum also pays special attention to temporary exhibitions, which range from David Bowie to Gabriel Lester.

Visitors information Groninger Museum:

  • Open Tuesdays to Sundays and national holidays from 10:00 to 17:00
    The museum is closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whitmonday), 1 January, 27 April and 25 December.
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: EUR 13
    • CJP holders and students (aged 19 and older): EUR 10
    • Children aged 19 and younger, friends / patrons of the museum, members of ICOM and the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt), Museumkaart holders, and students with an education in Groningen: free admission
  • www.groningermuseum.nl


Mendini Stairs - Groninger Museum

Rotterdam Museums

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen at Museumpark 18-20, Rotterdam, is one of the oldest in the country. This eclectic museum provides a history of art: from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, both Dutch and international. It houses paintings by the likes of Pieter Bruegel and Jan van Eyck, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali as well as sculptures and everyday objects. The collection of prints and drawings is internationally acclaimed.

Visitors information Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen:

  • Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00
    The museum is closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whitmonday), 1 January, 27 April and 25 December.
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: EUR 15
    • Groups (>15 people): EUR 12.50 (booking in advance)
    • Students: EUR 7.50
    • Children aged 18 and under, friends of the museum, members of ICOM and holders of Museumkaart, Rotterdampas, BankGiro Lottery VIP-Card, CIMAM card and The Private Art Pass as well as guides of handicapped people: free admission
  • www.boijmans.nl/

The Hague museums

Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis, situated at Plein 29, The Hague, is an intimate museum set in the 17th-century palace of a Dutch count. It contains a small but impressive collection of more than 200 Golden Age art treasures, such as Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. The building itself features silken wall covering, sparkling chandeliers and monumental painted ceilings.

Visitors information Mauritshuis:

  • Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, but from 13:00 on Mondays and till 20:00 on Thursdays
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: EUR 14
    • Groups (>15 people): EUR 12.50
    • Holders of CJP and Student Card: EUR 11
    • Holders of Ooievaars Pass: EUR 7
    • Children aged 17 and under, friends of the Mauritshuis, members of ICOM and the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) and holders of Museumkaart and Holland Pass voucher: free admission
  • www.mauritshuis.nl

Dutch museums outside cities

Kröller-Müller Museum

The Kröller-Müller Museumis located in the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park at Houtkampweg 6, Otterlo. Besides an extensive Van Gogh collection (the second-largest in the world), the museum houses masterpieces by a wide range of masters, from Claude Monet to Piet Mondriaan. Its sculpture garden features over 160 sculptures.

Visitors information Kröller-Müller Museum:

    • Open Tuesdays to Sundays and national holidays from 10:00 to 17:00
      The sculpture garden is open until 16:30.
      The museum is closed on Mondays and on 1 January.
    • Ticket prices:
      • Adults: EUR 18.60 (EUR 9.30 with Museumkaart)
      • Holders of a student card or university ID: EUR 13.95
      • CJP holders: EUR 13.05
      • Children aged 6 - 12: EUR 9.30 (EUR 4.65 with Museumkaart)
      • Children aged 5 or younger, members of ICOM and the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt): free admission
      • As the museum is located inside the Hoge Veluwe National Park, museum visitors also pay an entrance fee for the park; this is included in the above prices. Please note that Museumkaart holders also need to pay the entrance fee for the park.
    • www.krollermuller.nl

 

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Updated 2017 / Photo credits: Roderick Nijenhuis (Anne Frank House) and Marten de Leeuw (Groninger Museum - Mendini Stairs).

 

Readers' recommendations

    • De Pont in Tilburg
    • Frans Hals in Haarlem
    • Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen
 
 


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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.