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Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore various artifacts and artworks with a skip-the-line entry ticket to Stedelijk Museum. Enjoy your priority access and learn about modern and contemporary art. Discover key art movements at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, also known as the most important museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. Situated on Museumplein, where it first opened in 1895, it is a neighbor to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Having undergone extensive renovation, the historic Stedelijk building has been expanded with the addition of a futuristic new wing. The addition has been a huge hit with visitors since the facility’s reopening in 2012. Your skip-the-line ticket to the Stedelijk grants you priority access to a collection of 90,000 artifacts. Admire extraordinary works by world-renowned artists, including a great number of pieces by major 20th-century Dutch artists. The permanent collection is one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design in the world. The most meaningful movements in both art and design are represented by (inter)national artists and designers who are helping to shape the changes of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. With well-known works together with lesser-known highlights by, amongst others, Vincent van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Nicolaas Warb, Gerrit Rietveld, El Anatsui, Rineke Dijkstra, Danielle Dean, Sarah Zapata, Marlene Dumas, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, and Charley Toorop. The collection, organized thematically and in a loose chronology, emphasizes that art and design develop alongside social movements and bear multiple histories that encompass diverse perspectives.

Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

2. Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

You'll start the tour at Dam square, birthplace of the city, the main square and heart of the old centre of Amsterdam. It's the place from where Amsterdam started to evolve and where we find the royal palace, the new church and the national monument. Next stop is Zeedijk, nowadays a street but in the old days one of the dikes protecting the old city. Here you'll see the oldest cafe still standing today with it's original interior and a bit futher down the street get a glimpse of the nearby Chinatown. New Market square, with it's most important building, the 15th century city gate, standing right in the middle of it. This place is full of history and you'll learn all about it. Minutes later there will be a stop at the Montelbaanstoren, an old watch and defense tower, part of the Amsterdam expanded defense line early 16th century. From here there is also a good lookout over the 'oude Waal' where there are a lot of houseboats lined up with 17th century canal houses as background decor. Next will be the jewish quarter where you'll see the very first synagoge that jewish people were allowed to built in Western Europe over 350 years ago, the 'big synagoge'. On the other side of the street you'll see the Portuguese synagoge. Nearby there is the holocaust name monument with 102 thousand bricks giving the names of the dutch jewish victims of the second world war. Just opposite the monument are a row of beautiful old 17th century canalhouses that were inhabited by jewish sefardic immigrants who were succesfull in the diamond business. Then you'll see the Hermitage, a huge old 17th century widowhouse that nowadays houses the hermitage museum. The skinny bridge is one of the most iconic bridges of Amsterdam that beautifully lights up at night when hundreds of light bulbs accentuate it's skinny but stylefull design. From here you have a panoramic over the canalised river the Amstel, which is the main and widest canal in Amsterdam. It's a good place to take pictures! The ride continues thrugh the canal district which is the 17th century neighberhoud surrounding the old centre of Amsterdam. On any city map it can be clearly seen as half circles that go around the centre. Here you find the majority of the typical Amsterdam canal houses that were once the homes of successful merchants. Unlike modern times, all canal houses are slightly different, although we will see there are some typical similarities among them that unveil their building era. The final stop before returning is at Museumsquare which is the biggest and greenest squares of Amsterdam with beautiful scenic views over the surrounding museums. On one side resides the largest museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum, where the bigger Rembrandt paintings are on display, on the other side we will see the Concertgebouw, concert hall for classical music. Also located next to the square are the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk museum for contemporary art, the Moco museum (Banksky) and the Diamond museum. Enough to keep you busy for a few days if you have the time. You can set a desired location to finish the tour before hand.

Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour

3. Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour

Step into the shoes of a local guide, and discover the authentic Amsterdam on a private tour of the city center. Go to the best off-the-beaten path locations, and discover a city beyond the usual tulips, cheese and Red Light District. There are so many different things to experience in Amsterdam, you need to know where to look. Get a full flavor of what Amsterdam has to offer and is all about from someone in the know. In addition to secret spots, go to a unique exhibition and visit Amsterdam Noord, the coolest district in the city. Learn where all the hip bars, local markets, and hidden canals are located.

Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour

4. Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour

Gain unparalleled insight into the modern and historic aspects of Amsterdam with this incredible combo experience. Tour the iconic Museum District with the assistance of a local guide. Then, enjoy 3 days of access to a resourceful smartphone app full of resources to explore the city. Become immersed in the city's creative, youthful, and liberal culture as you join your guide on a walk around the Museum District. Come across the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum, Stedelijk Museum, the Museumplein, and many more iconic sites. Discover the trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots along the way. After your guided tour, download the included app on your smartphone to discover even more of the city. Access a variety of interactive routes that will bring you to different areas and provide important facts.

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What people are saying about Stedelijk Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 931 reviews

A really nice museum. Not being one of the most famous in Amsterdam it is never full. It is nice to observe the works with tranquility. The ground floor and the first floor collect works by artists who are not very well known (to me who are ignorant) but still interesting. The -1 floor instead collects works by Pollock, Malevich, Mondrian, Picasso, Chagall, Javlensky, kandinsky, etc.

It was a very good experience visiting the Stedelijk Museum. We enjoyed the exposed contemporary art and the explanations from the audio guide.

This museum offers outstanding exhibits of contemporary and modern art. The atmosphere is spacious and the displays mostly not crowded.

We had an awesome time with Bram! He made our tour very interesting and took us to some great locations. Highly reccomend!

One of the best modern art museums I’ve been to in the world!