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The Art Of Amsterdam: Top Galleries And Museums

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Add Date: 11.07.2019
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Amsterdam is without a doubt one of the most renowned cities for those who have a passion for art and museums. According to the website Amsterdaminfo.com, there are over fifty museums, with almost two million visitors per year.

Rijsksmuseum

This is perhaps Amsterdam’s most famous museum. Established in 1800, it is the first museum to have opened its doors to the public. It moved several times before the King of the Netherlands, Louis Bonaparte (Napoleons’ brother) decreed that it be moved to Amsterdam. In 1885 it moved to a new building designed by Dutch architect Petrus Cuypers. It houses some of the most iconic Dutch painters, such as works by Vermeer, the Night Watch by Rembrandt, and a host of other artists from around the world.

Amsterdam Museum

Located in the very heart of Amsterdam, this museum illustrates the richness and beauty of the culture of the Netherlands. Situated in a cloister which formerly served as an orphanage, it was rebuilt by architects of the “golden age”, namely Hendrik de Keyser and Jacob Van Campen, in a style known as “classicist”. The museum consists of three floors, and presents the history of Amsterdam in chronological order, including everything from early historical artefacts to a display of Ajax football team memorabilia.

Van Gogh Museum

Housed in two separate buildings, this museum presents the five different periods of Van Gogh’s works, again, in chronological order. This is one of the busiest museums in Europe, but it is definitely worth dealing with the crowds for the opportunity to see many of this great artist’s works in one place. The Van Gogh Museum is located in the Museum Quarter, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum, which is also worth a visit.

Stedelijk Museum

In stark contrast to the historical depth of the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum houses a wealth of contemporary art. There is a range of paintings, drawings and sculptures to appeal to a worldwide spectrum of art lovers. In 2012, Queen Beatrix opened the new addition which, in general opinion looked like a bathtub. This completely opposes the style of adjoining buildings, such as the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk, which are rich in history. However, it seems that people are accepting and appreciating the differences, and it enjoys its share of devoted visitors.

Anne Frank House

In one of the homes that line the canals in Amsterdam, one can find the Anne Frank House museum. This is where she wrote her famous diary, documenting the life of the two Jewish families that hid there for two years, avoiding persecution by the German army.

This museum is hugely popular with foreign visitors. There is a display of Nazi literature, to help people understand the legacy of hatred left by the Nazi regime; there is also an original copy of the diary on display. The rooms where the families hid are also open for public viewing. Visiting the Anne Frank House is a profound experience, and well worth the effort.

Despite its relatively small size, the city of Amsterdam has a wealth of museums and galleries to explore. Besides the art and history museums, there is a range of topics to please everyone. There are football museums, several dedicated to boats and sailing, as well as everything in between, including the Heineken museum. There are zoos and parks, and a botanical garden, one of the oldest in the world, which has the name Hortus Botanicus, the original Latin term. The people of Amsterdam have a love of festivals and street parties, which celebrate the things that this country is famous for: flowers, cheese, and chocolate. Amsterdam flights are usually great value so the city is an ideal place to visit any time of the year; despite the weather, the people are warm and friendly, and always happy to welcome visitors.

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