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With over 50 museums, Amsterdam caters for a wide range of interests:  world-class Art collections at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, poignant testimonies of its Jewish history with Anne Frank’s house and the Jewish museum and some light-hearted and unique Amsterdam treats such as the Heineken brewery-museum or the Hash museum. The I Amsterdam Card is a good option to make the most of your visit, with discounts in a number of museums and all buses, trams and metros in the city. It can be purchased at the tourist information office at Shiphol airport or outside Central Station, as well as in many shops in the city.

Rijksmuseum
Address: Jan Luijkenstraat 1

The building, dating from the 1880s, was designed by Pierre Cuypers and dominates the Museum Quarter with its impressive facades. It is Holland’s national museum and hosts the largest and finest collection of Dutch paintings in the world from the 15th  to the 19th centuries. The museum also includes a fine collection of Flemish, Italian and Spanish works, as well as sculptures and distinguished historical and Asiatic collections. Many visitors only come to see its most famous painting, Rembrandt’s Night Watch, his largest and one of his greatest works, as well as the four paintings by Jan Vermeer (Young woman reading a letter; The little street; the letter and the kitchen maid).
For a longer visit, check the museum floor plan: to see everything would require several days.
The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Closed 1st January
Admission: Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces
Adults: € 12,50
Under 18, Museum card holders and I Amsterdam card : free

Van Gogh Museum
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7

One of Amsterdam’s finest museums, the spacious and beautifully lit building holds the largest collection of artwork by Vincent Van Gogh, with over 200 paintings, drawings and letters as well as works by some of his contemporaries. The collection is organised chronologically over four levels and presents the main periods of his life and work in the Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise.
Children’s audio tours are available in English (2.50 euros).
Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 6 pm (until 10 pm on Fridays).
Closed 1st January.
Admission:
Adults: € 14; Under 17s and I Amsterdam Card holders: free

Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art
Address: Paulus Potterstraat, close to the Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam’s innovative museum for Modern Art includes works from the 1850s to the present day. It is currently undergoing renovations and should reopen in September 2011. It has one of the richest Modern Art collections in the world and permanent collections include paintings by leading artists from modern artistic movements - Impressionists, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism - as well as sculptures, industrial designs, posters and pop art. It also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Anne Frank House
Address: Prinsengracht 263

Home and hiding place of the Jewish Frank family, it provides a harrowing account of their life under the German occupation. You can visit the rooms in the back house where they lived concealed behind a secret bookcase door with the Van Dann family from 1942 until their arrest in August 1944. Anne Frank’s diary was found after the war and published by her father, the only survivor. The original diary is now displayed in a glass cabinet.
Opening times:
15 March to 14 September: daily from 9 am to 9 pm (until 10 pm on Saturdays and throughout July and August).
15 September to14 March: daily from 9 am to 7 pm.
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.

Tickets:
Adults: 8.50 euros
Children (10-17): 4 euros
Children under10: free

Rembrandthuis
Address: Jodenbreestraat 4

Built in 1606, it was Rembrandt’s home between 1639 and 1658. A modern annex was recently added next to this elegant building and the two now house the Rembrandt House Museum. It offers an interesting reconstruction of the painter’s everyday life and workshop, with as its main attraction Rembrandt’s collection of 250 etchings, the largest in the world.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; Friday: 10 am to 9 pm.
Closed on 1st January.
Admission:
Adults - € 7.50
Children (6 to 15) - € 1.50
Children under 6 – free

Amsterdams Historisch Museum
Address: Kalverstraat 92

The museum is housed in magnificent buildings, once the old city orphanage which first opened in 1578. The renovations and conversion to a museum in the 1960s and 1970s have retained much of the exterior facades. Of particular interest are the rooms devoted to Amsterdam’s Golden Age in the 17th century. The collections include fascinating paintings, prints, artefacts and archeological finds.
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Closed on 1 January, 30 April and 25 December.

Joods Historisch Museum
Address: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 3-5

The Jewish museum is located in four beautiful Ashkenazi synagogues dating from the 17th century, in what was the heart of the Jewish quarter in the centre of Amsterdam. Jewish life and culture are illustrated through temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection covering works by Jewish artists, an extensive collection of World War II documents, as well as exhibits about everyday life and religion.
Opening Hours: daily 11 am - 5 pm  (The ticket counter closes at 4.30 pm).
Closed on Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur.
Admission:
Adults: € 9.00
Children 13-17: € 4.50
Combination ticket Museum and Portuguese Synagogue, adults: € 12.00
Combination ticket JHM and Portuguese Synagogue, children 13-17 years: € 6.00
Children under 13, I Amsterdam card: free

Dutch Resistance Museum
Address: Kerklaan 61 (Plantage)

The main exhibition shows the work of the Dutch resistance and heroic acts by ordinary Dutch people during WWII, as well as everyday life in Amsterdam under the German occupation. Exhibits include photos, posters, historical documents about the persecution of the Jews and newsreel from that period.
Opening hours: every day, except January 1st, April 30th and December 25th.
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am to 5 pm (other days, including Public Holidays: midday to 5 pm)
Admission:
Adults - € 5.50
Children (7 - 15) - €3.
Children (under 7) and I Amsterdam Card: free

Tropenmuseum
Location: Kattenburgerplein 1, Plantage.

Located in a beautiful old building, the Tropenmuseum hides a little known gem, a fascinating collection about the lives of tropical and subtropical peoples across the world: ecosystems, music worldwide, 350 years of Dutch colonial history and much more. A section is dedicated to children. A special feature of the museum is the “object of the month”, which focuses on an unusual artefact. The museum shop sells interesting objects from other lands, including beautiful original African masks.
Opening times: Every day from 10 am till 5 pm.
On 5th, 24th and 31st December from 10 am till 3 pm.
Closed on January 1st, April 30th, May 5th and December 25th.
Admission:
Adults - € 7.50
Children (up to 17) – € 4
Concessions: € 6
Museum Card: Free

Maritime Museum
Address: Kattenburgerplein 1

One of Amsterdam's treasures, the impressive building used to house the former arsenal of the Dutch Navy and is over 300 years old. The unique collection tells the story of the Dutch glorious maritime past, Amsterdam’s Golden Age and the Dutch East India Company. Among the collections admire the models of merchant ships and exhibits from one of the greatest victories in the country's history, the destruction of the Spanish Armada. A replica of the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam is moored outside the museum.
Opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
Open on Mondays during school holidays and in June, July and August.
Closed on December 25, New Year's Day and April 30.
Admission:
Adults: € 5
Children under 4: free

Ajax museum
Address: Arena Boulevard 29

Devoted to the most famous Dutch football club, it is a must for all football fans.  The museum located next to the stadium tells the history of the club with photos of football legends, prizes, cups, trophies and all sorts of football memorabilia. You can take a guided tour (1 hour 45) around the stadium between 11 am and 5 pm in July and August.
Opening hours:
April 1 to September 30: Monday – Friday, 9.30 am until 6 pm;
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am till 5 pm.
Closed on Sundays when Ajax plays at home.
Admission:
Ajax Museum - € 3.50
ArenA World of Ajax Tour - € 9; children € 8

Heineken Experience
Address: Stadhouderskade 78

An interactive experience which takes you through the history of beer making and how the brewery produces the famous Heineken beer.
Opening times:
Monday to Sunday: 11 am till 7 pm; last ticket sales at 5.30 pm
If under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.
Price: 15 euros, including two drinks (you must be over 16).

Diamond museum
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 8 (Museum Quarter)

A small and elegant museum, it takes you on a journey that begins deep down below ground and shows you how a carbon atom becomes a priceless jewel. You can also learn about Amsterdam’s history as one of the main diamond cutting and trading centres over four centuries. The museum houses permanent and temporary exhibitions of diamonds.
Opening hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily.
Admission:
adults: € 7.50
Concessions:    € 5
children (13 – 18):   € 5
Museumkaart and children under 12: free

Amsterdam Tulip museum
Address: Prinsengracht 112

A small, friendly museum about the tulip, symbol of the Netherlands.  Multimedia shows present the history of the flower and how it is grown. The museum also has a shop where you can buy bulbs of rare tulips.
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
Closed on January 1st and April 30th
Admission:
Adults: € 2
Children under 12: free

Houseboat museum
Address: Prinsengracht, opposite 296

This small museum – reputedly the only Houseboat museum in the world - gives you an insight into what it is like to live on the canals of Amsterdam. The living quarters are surprisingly spacious and comfortable. There is a small museum shop and children’s play corner.
Opening times:
March to October: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
November to February: Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Closed on 1st Jan, 30th April, 25th, 26th and 31st Dec.
Admission:
Adults: 3 euros
Children: 2.25 euros

The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum
Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148

Located on one of the old canals of the Red Light District, the Hash Museum is one of the attractions on the tourist trail. It includes an interesting exhibition about the hemp plant and its many uses.
Opening times:
Every day 9 am – 10 pm.
Admission:
Adults and young people - € 9
children under 13 - free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Sex museum
Address: Damrak 18

Located near Amsterdam Central Station, the museum houses an unusual if extensive collection of erotic paintings, pictures and objects from different ages and cultures.
Opening hours: Every day 10 am to 11.30 pm.
Admission: € 3.


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