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The 11 absolute best museums in Amsterdam
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The 11 absolute best museums in Amsterdam

From Rembrandt van Rijn to Johannes Vermeer to Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch have a long and illustrious track record when it comes to painting. But the absolute best museums and galleries in Amsterdam prove they’re just as accomplished in other art-related endeavours, too. Whether you go in for film, photography or contemporary art, and whether one of the city’s many curious, one-man operations or a state-of-the-art space on the River IJ, you’ll likely go away having seen something fresh, exciting and – almost always – brilliantly executed. So if you’re looking for something cultural to do after stocking up at one of this city’s many excellent cafés and restaurants, this is where get your fill of art, history… or both. Planning to pack in the lot? We suggest investing in an I Amsterdam City Card to enjoy free entry to most. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Amsterdam

The 12 best art galleries and museums in Amsterdam
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The 12 best art galleries and museums in Amsterdam

If you’re only here for a short stay but want to catch the best of Amsterdam’s art scene, head straight for Museumplein. The city’s largest square is home to four museums showcasing more Dutch Masters than you can probably handle – plus a healthy dose of modern and contemporary art.  If you’ve got more time, however, you’ll appreciate the chance to discover art across all the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, from Russian treasures to movie posters to digital deep dives into the city’s past. Many of the best Amsterdam gallery and museum buildings are as fascinating as the art they contain, whether centuries old or cutting-edge examples of contemporary design. Where else can you catch a video art installation in a 15th-century church, then hop on a ferry to a film museum that looks like it belongs in a Bond movie? As the Netherlands marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death in 2019, look out for events and exhibitions on his life and work taking place at Amsterdam museums throughout the year. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Amsterdam