Amsterdam Museum

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5 reasons to visit the Amsterdam Museum

Formerly known as the Amsterdam History Museum, this cultural treasure trove is a must-do for anyone eager to learn about the city's rich history. Here are five reasons you can't miss it!

  • The historic location

    1. The historic location

    Not only is it easily reached in central Amsterdam, the museum is housed in an old orphanage, developed over time by the city's leading architects!

  • The local art

    2. The local art

    The collection of Dutch paintings is one of Amsterdam's more modest, but lesser known works from famous names like Rembrandt provide a charming alternative to the larger galleries.

  • See important historic artifacts

    3. See important historic artifacts

    Among the curios illustrating the city's past is the barrel organ damaged when hidden Nazi soldiers emerged to kill 22 in an ambush on liberation celebrations in 1945.

  • Insights beyond history

    4. Insights beyond history

    The former Amsterdam History Museum outgrew its old name as it began to shed more light into the city's modern culture, from cycling and prostitution to Ajax soccer fandom!

  • An easy museum to tour

    5. An easy museum to tour

    Despite being spread chronologically across three floors, a lot of knowledge can be gleaned in a short space of time due to its efficient layouts and interactive exhibits.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Amsterdam Museum is open daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM, though closed on April 27th (King's Day) and December 25th (Christmas). It doesn't open until noon on January 1st and closes an hour early on December 5th, 24th, and 31st. Some generous concessions are offered on ticket prices and entry is free with the I Amsterdam City Card or the Museumkaart.

  • How to get there?

    The Amsterdam Museum is inaccessible by car but is just a short walk from Dam Square. The closest tram stops are Spui (lines 1, 2, and 5) and Rokin (4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25).

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 5:00PM daily, but check ahead of time for holiday closures in December.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are only €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide for the museum, but other tours in the area are definitely worth it!
  • How to get there
    It's just a short walk from Dam Square, or take tram lines 1, 2 or 5 to Spui, or lines 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 to Rokin.
  • Additional information
    Photography is allowed, but not with a tripod. | Some areas are not accessible for the disabled.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 12,535 reviews

The tour is informative and fun. At the beginning it was a bit unclear to me how to get into the game - this is possible via a link in one of the e-mails that you receive in advance. The tour itself is well set up and certainly even with children the guessing games can be quite funny.

Very interesting to learn about the history of prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light district and there’s a little photo booth at the end to take a free picture in the S&M costume accessories of your choice.

This museum is ultra-modern, using many new techniques to fully illustrate the history of the Netherlands through paintings, photographs, newsreels, interviews, films, etc.

The Bar crawl was amazing. So much fun, with lots of shots included. Highly recommend!

Expert and nice guide, Rolf taught us a lot of things.