What To See In Amsterdam
I’m so excited to share with you the second part of my mini-series about Amsterdam. Have you wondered what to see in Amsterdam? Personally, I think that Amsterdam is such an interesting city that anyone would enjoy it. There are people with certain interests who will particularly enjoy Amsterdam and all there is to experience. Who are they?
Art Lovers and Art Historians
If you have an appreciation for the great masters, Amsterdam is your city. You should visit:
Rijksmuseum – The State Museum where you’ll want to see the famous Night Watch by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.
Van Gogh Museum – This is a museum where you will find your love of Van Gogh and his contemporaries totally fulfilled. The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works in the Amsterdam.
The Rembrandt House – Located in Museum Square, near the Rijksmuseum, a visit to Rembrandt’s house. It is believed that he painted the Night Watch in the courtyard of the house. The courtyard is the size of the original Night Watch and a removable roof has been found that could have protected it from the weather.
Amsterdam Hermitage Museum – This museum is a branch of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rotating exhibits are on display. The current exhibit is 1917: Romanovs and Revolution. The end of Monarchy.
Stedeliijk Museum – This is the city museum, located in Museum Square, and exhibiting modern and contemporary art.
De Nieuwe Kerk – Located in Dam Square near the Royal Palace. This is an exhibit space for art and photography and displays traveling collections of a wide variety. When I visited in November, the exhibit was a private collection about Marilyn Monroe for her 90th birthday. They interior of this church makes a very interesting and unique exhibition space.
World War II History Buffs and Jewish Heritage Travelers
It was impossible for me to separate these two types of travelers. When discussing what to see in Amsterdam, the sites to see are the same for both types of travelers, in my opinion.
Dutch Resistance Museum – This museum explains the events, situations and circumstanced that occurred before, during and after World War II.
Anne Frank House – The Anne Frank House is known all of the world and a visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without seeing this house where eight people were in hiding for two years.
Jewish Cultural Quarter – The Jewish Cultural Quarter consists of four museums:
The Jewish Historical Museum
The National Holocaust Museum
JHM Children’s Museum
Read more about about how to gain admission to these museums and more in Part 3 of this guide.
Dutch Theater – Also a part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, The Hollandsche Schouwburg was the wartime deportation center. It has the 6,700 surnames of the 104,000 Dutch Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Auschwitz Memorial – This memorial is dedicated to those who were killed at Auschwitz. Created using broken mirrors; representing the idea that “heaven is no longer unbroken since Auschwitz”.
Stolpersteines or Stumbling Stones – Stolpersteines or stumbling stones are engraved blocks that have been laid into the pavement or cobblestones. They are found not only in Amsterdam but all over Europe. Placed in front of the homes where Jewish Holocaust victim lived. While many victims were separated and sent to different camps, these stones bring a family back together again.
In future articles I will go into more detail about all of these museums and sites.