The best museums in Amsterdam in 2021

These are the top 50 best museums in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2021. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Amsterdam, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Amsterdam.

These are the best museums in Amsterdam:

  1. Anne Frank House1

    Anne Frank House

    Amsterdam
    The Anne Frank House is the house where the Jewish girl Anne Frank was hiding with seven others for more than two years in World War II. The museum owns the original diaries and writings of Anne Frank. An important part of the museum is the ‘Achterhuis’, the place where Anne Frank hid and wrote her
  2. Van Gogh Museum2

    Van Gogh Museum

    Amsterdam
    More than 860 paintings and nearly 1,200 works on paper by Vincent van Gogh have been preserved. The Van Gogh Museum owns the largest Van Gogh collection, consisting of 201 paintings, 437 drawings and 31 prints. In addition to works by Van Gogh, the museum exhibits a collection of works by other maj
  3. Rijksmuseum3

    Rijksmuseum

    Amsterdam
    The Rijksmuseum is located in a unique historical building from 1885 by architect PJH Cuypers. The museum is dedicated to Dutch art and Dutch history. The collection is exhibited in over two hundred rooms and includes works by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals
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  5. Rembrandt House Museum4

    Rembrandt House Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Rembrandt House Museum is housed in the former house of the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. This famous painter lived and worked in this house for nearly twenty years. The interior is restored to the style of the times in which Rembrandt lived. The museum displays paintings by artists who work
  6. Artis Royal Zoo5

    Artis Royal Zoo

    Amsterdam
    Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands that opened its doors in 1838. The zoo features 27 historic buildings, of which most date from the 19th century. Because of this, Artis has a distinctive charm and a historical dimension that lacks in more modern zoos. The monumental aquarium contains tropi
  7. Dutch Resistance Museum6

    Dutch Resistance Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Dutch Resistance Museum illustrates the history of people in times of war. The visitor learns about the Holocaust, resistance and daily life. The exhibition consists of authentic objects, film and audio clips, documents and photos. In addition there is a permanent exhibition on the Dutch East In
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  9. Heineken Experience7

    Heineken Experience

    Amsterdam
    The Heineken Experience is housed in the former Heineken brewery in 1876. The building has served as a Heineken brewery until 1988. Visitors are introduced to more than 150 years of craftsmanship. In a show, Heineken shows that it is the most international beer in the world. In a 4D experience visit
  10. Museum Our Lord in the Attic8

    Museum Our Lord in the Attic

    Amsterdam
    Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder is a former clandestine church. The building looks like an ordinary canal house. It is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. The 17th century church with an altar, corridors and approximately 150 seats is situated in the attic. After the Protestant Reformatio
  11. The National Maritime Museum9

    The National Maritime Museum

    Amsterdam
    The National Maritime Museum is housed in the old ‘Zeemagazijn van de Admiraliteit’ of Amsterdam, a former naval storehouse from 1656. The museum is dedicated to ships and ship transport. It illustrates the story of five hundred years of maritime history in the Netherlands and shows the sea’s influe
  12. Madame Tussauds Amsterdam10

    Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    Madame Tussauds Amsterdam is a wax museum. The collection of wax sculptures includes famous pop stars, monarchs and famous Dutch painters, but also wax sculptures of movie stars and famous people like Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. In addition there are moving sculptures and vibr
  13. Body Worlds: The Happiness Project11

    Body Worlds: The Happiness Project

    Amsterdam
    Body Worlds: The Happiness Project is a permanent exhibition. The exhibition illustrates the story of the human body and the impact of happiness on health. More than 200 anatomical specimens of human bodies are exhibited that illustrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body.
  14. NEMO Science Museum12

    NEMO Science Museum

    Amsterdam
    NEMO Science Museum is located on the foundations of the IJ-tunnel in a building from 1997 designed by Renzo Piano. It is the largest science museum in the Netherlands. The visitor can discover the world of science and technology, by doing experiments on scientific and technical developments related
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  16. Tropenmuseum13

    Tropenmuseum

    Amsterdam
    The Tropenmuseum is housed in a monumental building on the grounds of the former ‘Oosterbegraafplaats’. The museum illustrates different cultures and the daily lives of people around the world. The collection consists of artworks, utensils, films, music and photos. The visitor travels through the wo
  17. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam14

    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a museum of modern and contemporary art and applied art. The collection is one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The museum exhibits art from 1860 to the present, including major works by Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian and
  18. Hermitage Amsterdam15

    Hermitage Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    The Hermitage Amsterdam is part of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg (Russia). The museum organizes changing art exhibitions. A new exhibition is opened twice a year. The exhibited collections are on various topics such as Alexander the Great, Flemish art, religious art or Russian tsars. A separate bu
  19. Jewish Historical Museum16

    Jewish Historical Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Jewish Historical Museum is housed in four synagogues. It is a modern museum about Judaism. Three exhibitions illustrate the culture and history of Jews in the Netherlands. The exhibitions consist of various utensils, paintings, drawings, films, photos and 3D presentations. Part of the museum is
  20. Amsterdam Museum17

    Amsterdam Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Amsterdam Museum is housed in a building that used to be the St. Lucien Monastery in the Middle Ages. The museum is dedicated to the city of Amsterdam. The story is told of how Amsterdam grew from a small village next to a river to a metropolis. The diverse collection consists of over 75,000 obj
  21. Portugese Synagoge18

    Portugese Synagoge

    Amsterdam
    The Portuguese Synagogue, also called Esnoga, is a synagogue that dates to the 17th century. At the time of construction it was the largest synagogue in the world. The building is still used for worship by the Portuguese Jewish Community. The collection illustrates the four century history of the Po
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  23. Royal Palace of Amsterdam19

    Royal Palace of Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is the palace of the royal family where visitors are received. When the palace is not used by the royal family, the building is open to the public. It was built between 1648 and 1665 as a town hall, designed by Jacob van Campen. Several works by famous artists refer to
  24. The Museum of the Canals20

    The Museum of the Canals

    Amsterdam
    Museum of the Canals is housed in a monumental seventeenth-century canal house. The museum illustrates the Amsterdam city expansion that was caused by the construction of canals. In addition to an interactive audiovisual tour, there are three decorated rooms that illustrate the history of the house
  25. Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution21

    Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution

    Amsterdam
    The Museum of Prostitution illustrates the life of prostitutes that work in the Red Light District, as well as illustrate the life of courtesans in brothels.
  26. EYE22

    EYE

    Amsterdam
    The EYE Film museum is housed in the iconic white building at the IJ. Everything is film in EYE. This national museum of film manages more than forty thousand movies and features every genre: a representative selection of movie history, with classics blockbusters and cult movies. It is a museum of f
  27. Micropia23

    Micropia

    Amsterdam
    Micropia is located in the historic ‘Ledenlokalen’ from 1870. In Micropia the invisible world of microorganisms is made visible and accessible for a broad audience. Micro-organisms such as fungi and bacteria are everywhere and define how our world looks like. Visitors are informed about current issu
  28. Joods Historisch Kindermuseum24

    Joods Historisch Kindermuseum

    Amsterdam
    In the Jewish Historical Children Museum, children from 6 to 12 years are introduction to Jewish life and Jewish traditions.
  29. Museum Willet-Holthuysen25

    Museum Willet-Holthuysen

    Amsterdam
    Museum Willet-Holthuysen is housed in a double mansion from 1687. In the 19th century it was the house of Abraham Willet and his wife Louisa Willet-Holthuysen. The museum consists of a dining room, a ballroom, a garden room and a corridor on the first floor that illustrate how wealthy people from Am
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  31. Museum Het Schip26

    Museum Het Schip

    Amsterdam
    World-renowned expressionist building "Het Schip" ("the ship") is the most famous work by Amsterdam School architect Michel de Klerk, which was completed in 1921. The museum located in the building is dedicated to the Amsterdam School, an architecture style. The former post office designed by the a
  32. Foam27

    Foam

    Amsterdam
    Foam is a photography museum of photography in all its forms. The museum organises temporary exhibitions in which various photographic genres are covered, from fashion to documentary and from historical to contemporary. The museum exhibits both works by famous photographers as works by young talent.
  33. Diamond Museum Amsterdam28

    Diamond Museum Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    The Diamond Museum Amsterdam illustrates the mining, the grinding and the processing of diamonds. The museum displays several famous diamonds, including the world's smallest diamond, which can be seen through a microscope. In addition, the visitor gets information about the diamond city Amsterdam, w
  34. Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum29

    Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

    Amsterdam
    Learn more about the many uses of cannabis, visit the garden with real cannabis plants or try a vaporizer in the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam is the oldest and most important museum in the world dedicated to Cannabis sativa L., also known as hemp or
  35. Allard Pierson30

    Allard Pierson

    Amsterdam
    In the Allard Pierson you discover the heritage collections of the University of Amsterdam. The permanent presentation, ‘From the Nile to the Amstel’, invites visitors on a journey through 10,000 years of cultural history. The presentation starts in ancient Egypt and, once renovations are completed,
  36. Moco Museum31

    Moco Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Moco museum (Modern Contemporary) in Amsterdam wants to make a wide range of modern and contemporary art available to the general public and focuses on the so-called ‘Rock Stars of Art’. Don’t be suprised if you find works of Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Damien Hir
  37. Museum Tot Zover32

    Museum Tot Zover

    Amsterdam
    Museum Tot Zover shows how people dealt with death in the past, and how they deal with it now and in the future. Central topics in the museum are the body, rituals, memento mori and mourning and remembrance. The collection includes death masks, paintings, miniature hearses and urns and caskets. Chil
  38. Huis Marseille33

    Huis Marseille

    Amsterdam
    Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography is housed in a monumental canal house from 1665. It is the first museum in the Netherlands that focused on photography as a form of art. The museum exhibits works from its own contemporary photography collection. Additionally, there are exhibits on the history
  39. Hollandsche Schouwburg34

    Hollandsche Schouwburg

    Amsterdam
    The Hollandsche Schouwburg is a war memorial for the Dutch Jews that were murdered in the Second World War. The permanent exhibition on the Holocaust in '40-'45 focusses on the deportation of the Jews. Videos, photos, models and various objects illustrate the discrimination, deportation and extermin
  40. Cat Cabinet35

    Cat Cabinet

    Amsterdam
    The Cat Cabinet is housed in a canal house at the 'Golden Bend'. It features a collection of art objects that are related to cats. The museum shows how great painters of the past and present were or are inspired by cats. The collection consists of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures in which
  41. House of Bols36

    House of Bols

    Amsterdam
    House of Bols takes visitors on a journey through the "World of flavor". All the senses are stimulated in the Hall of Taste and Genever Room, and visitors discover the secrets of 38 Bols liqueurs and Bols Genever.
  42. Beurs van Berlage37

    Beurs van Berlage

    Amsterdam
    The Beurs van Berlage was designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage. The building was constructed between 1896 and 1903 and now serves as a centre for exhibitions and conferences.
  43. Outsider Art Museum38

    Outsider Art Museum

    Amsterdam
  44. Fashion for Good Museum39

    Fashion for Good Museum

    Amsterdam
    In the museum, you will learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. Throughout the building, you can find concrete ways to have a positive impact, commit to taking action and shop sustainable products (that is, when you need to shop at all). The Fa
  45. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam40

    Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, founded in 1638. The garden is about 3 acres in size and is home to 6,000 plants of over 4,000 species. In addition to an outdoor garden, the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam has a number of greenhouses which accommodate p
  46. Sexmuseum Amsterdam41

    Sexmuseum Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    The Sex Museum Amsterdam is housed in a 17th century building. It is the first and oldest sex museum in the world. The museum features a maze of corridors and rooms. It covers everything that has to do with sensual love. The collection includes erotic objects, photographs, paintings, recordings, scu
  47. Museum Van Loon42

    Museum Van Loon

    Amsterdam
    Museum van Loon is located on the Keizersgracht in the house of the regent family Van Loon. Willem van Loon was the co-founder of The Dutch East India Company in 1602. One of the residents of this 17th century canal house was Dutch painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. Portraits, silverware,
  48. Cheese Museum43

    Cheese Museum

    Amsterdam
    In the Amsterdam Cheese Museum visitors can relive the history of cheese making and experience the unique flavor of Dutch cheese.
  49. Amsterdam Arena Stadium Tour44

    Amsterdam Arena Stadium Tour

    Amsterdam
  50. Houseboat Museum45

    Houseboat Museum

    Amsterdam
    At the Houseboat Museum, you get the chance to experience first-hand what it’s like to live in a houseboat on an Amsterdam canal. The museum is located in the “Hendrika Maria”, a former cargo ship built in 1914. The cargo hold is now a cosy living space featuring all the conveniences and a surprisin
  51. Oude Kerk46

    Oude Kerk

    Amsterdam
    The Oude Kerk is the oldest building of Amsterdam and youngest place for contemporary art. Inside you can see site specific art exhibitions, period rooms and an impressive tombstone floor. The wife and muse of Rembrandt van Rijn, is one of the thousands of people who lies buried in the Oude Kerk
  52. Electric Ladyland47

    Electric Ladyland

    Amsterdam
    Electric Ladyland is a museum on fluorescent art. The museum consists of two parts. One part consists of a large fluorescent area. Visitors become a part of this fluorescent art area, and experience the so called ‘Participatory Art’. The other part features a permanent exhibition with fluorescent mi
  53. Amsterdam Pipe Museum48

    Amsterdam Pipe Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Amsterdam Pipe Museum is housed in a seventeenth-century canal house in Amsterdam. It offers the smoking culture in the world over 25 centuries, by exhibiting a collection of smoking pipes and tobacco-related paraphernalia. The collection consists of more than 30,000 objects, of which about thre
  54. Erotic Museum49

    Erotic Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Erotic museum illustrates the art and history of seduction. The collection of the museum includes images, films and various other objects that give an overview of eroticism through the years. The first floor features an exhibition of erotic objects. One floor up features an exhibition with eroti
  55. Amsterdam Tulip Museum50

    Amsterdam Tulip Museum

    Amsterdam
    The Amsterdam Tulip Museum demonstrates the history of the tulip in the Netherlands. The museum gives information on the tulip mania and the economic power of the flower during the Golden Age in the seventeenth century. The museum also shows how bulbs served as food for people during wars and the or

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