Although the busiest museums and those most popular with tourists the ones located on the Museumplein, Amsterdam boasts a huge number of other museums. Discover some of these hidden treasures on your visit to Amsterdam.
Life in Amsterdam & the Netherlands
The Amsterdam Historical Museum (Historisch Museum) tells the story of the growth of the Dutch capital. Discover seven centuries of Amsterdam’s history; once a small settlement on the banks of the Amstel, and now a busy, diverse metropolis. The collections of works of art, objects and archaeological finds within the Historisch Museum bring the history of Amsterdam to life. The museum will aslo usually have on a number of other exhabitions, you get more on these at the official Amsterdams Historisch Museum‘s website
Amsterdam has seven exquisite canal houses, each of which has its own distinct character, reflected in its collection, exhibitions, and the style of each wonderfully unique building. But all conjure up images of a bygone-era, offering an opportunity to appreciate some of the many different interiors of this historic city. The Canal museums are: the Biblical Museum/the Cromhouthouses, Huis Marseille, the Museum for Photography, Museum Our Lord in the Attic, Museum Van Loon, The Rembrandt House Museum and the Willet-Holthuysen Museum.
The Houseboat Museum (Woonbootmuseum) gives you the exclusive chance to experience what life is like onboard a houseboat in an Amsterdam canal. The picturesque location in the Prinsengracht canal on the edge of the Jordaan provides an appropriate background for the museum vessel. On board the Houseboat museum you can see how this genuine barge was transformed into a cosy houseboat, equipped with genuine skipper’s quarters including a sleeping bunk, living room, kitchen and bathroom.
In the Museum Het Rembrandthuis, you can imagine yourself in a day in the life of Rembrandt; Holland’s most renowned artist. The years Rembrandt spent in this house were the high point of his career, when he was regarded as a star and ran the largest painting studio in Holland. The historic interior has been restored to its former glory and furnished with items and works of art from Rembrandt’s time. You can see where his son Titus was born, the workroom where he printed his etchings and, of course, the master’s studio. The museum exhibits approximately 250 etchings by Rembrandt and paintings by his predecessors and pupils.
The Amsterdam Tulip Museum (Tulpenmuseum) details Holland’s fascinating horticultural story, including a phenomena known as Tulipomania (a period when a craze of trading in tulips bulbs took root in the Netherlands when people even sold their houses to invest in tulip stock exchanges). Located in the Jordaan, the Tulpenmuseum pays tribute to this delicate flower.
A permanent homage to Dutch sportsmen/women, the Olympic Experience is an interactive centre in the Olympisch Stadion, which was built as the main stadium for the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. The exhibition represents the past, present and future of Dutch sports through an original multimedia exhibition, allowing visitors to take a journey through the catacombs of the Olympisch Stadion, and to experience what it is like to be a professional sportsperson.
The Ajax Museum is situated, of course, within the Amsterdam ArenA stadium, home grounds of Ajax. The Ajax museum covers the rich history of the club; the most famous in Holland. The Ajax Museum holds a huge array of items including football boots, certificates, contracts and shirts. Guided tours of the stadium are also available…
The National Museum of Spectacles allows you to travel through 700 years of art, culture and history of spectacles!
Apparently considered to be one of the top fashion museums in the world, the Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassenmuseum Hendrikje) in Amsterdam demonstrates the history of the ladies bag from the Middle Ages to present day. It is the only museum in the world with such a wide-ranging collection of bags, and in fact houses a collection of more than 4000 bags, pouches, cases, purses and accessories.
Located in the WestCord Fashion Hotel, Amsterdam’s Fashion Museum is now open seven days a week to showcase fashion designers from many countries.