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Amsterdam's Best 75 Things To Do

Amsterdam Historical Museum

A rich collection of works of art, objects and archaeological finds, which bring to life the fortunes of Amsterdammers of days gone past up to the present.

Amsterdam Historical Museum

Anne Frank House

The former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary, is now a well-known museum. The museum tells the history of the eight people in hiding and those who helped them during the war. Anne Frank's diary is among the original objects on display.

Insider tip: Make a reservation online and skip the long line.

Anne Frank House

Biblical Museum

The Biblical Museum is housed in two perfectly restored historic canal-side buildings (1662). Religious artifacts from all over the world and Bibles including the oldest Bible printed in the Netherlands (1477), as well as the first Dutch authorized translation of the Bible (1637). The museum even has aromas to help bring Bible stories to life for visitors.

Insider tip: Bring a Joy Ride Tours flyer for a 20% discount on Museum entrance fee.

Biblical Museum

Film Museum (EYE)

As of January 1, 2010 the Netherlands Filmmuseum, the Dutch Institute for Film Education, De Filmbank and Holland Film merged into EYE Film Institute Netherlands. EYE combines an extensive, world-famous film collection with valuable expertise in restoration and research and with educational programs and international promotion.

Insider tip: The new building isn't finished yet, so the museum is essentially closed.

Film Museum (EYE)

Hemp and Hash Museum

The Hash Marijuana Hemp Museum offers visitors extensive documentation and information about the historical and modern uses of the cannabis plant, as well as its medicinal, religious and cultural applications. Insider tip: Joy Ride Tours offers fantastic 3-4 hour Cannabis Tours! We often take guests to the Hemp Museum at the end of these tours.

Private Cannabis Tour.
Hemp and Hash Museum

Jewish Historical Museum

Religion, culture and history of the Jews in the Netherlands and its former colonies are the main focus of the museum's collection and the Resource Center. The museum has over 13,000 works of art, ceremonial items and historical objects. Only five percent of these are on permanent display. The rest are stored in the depot and occasionally shown in exhibitions, or lent to other museums. Insider tip: The objects in this hidden collection can be viewed via the website.

Jewish Historical Museum

Maritime Museum (Scheepvaart Museum)

Unfortunately, on 8 January 2007, the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam closed its doors for a major renovation. The museum will reopen in 2011-2012.

Maritime Museum (Scheepvaart Museum)

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

De Nieuwe Kerk is famous for its exhibitions. With hundred thousands of visitors every year, the church is one of the most attended exhibition locations in the Netherlands.

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

Oude Kerk

Founded in the 1300's, this church is now a museum showcasing various exhibitions. The Church contains an excellent organ.

Insider tip: Music lovers check out a concert in the church, the acoustics are heavenly.

Oude Kerk

Our Lord in the Attic

Our Lord in the Attic is one of the oldest and most remarkable museums in Amsterdam. Behind the characteristic facade of the house by the canal lies a largely original 17th-century home and a complete hidden church. This hidden church 'in the attic' was built during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services.

Our Lord in the Attic

Purse and Handbag Museum

The Museum of Bags and Purses displays the history of the western handbag from the late Middle Ages right up to the present. The collection provides a fascinating picture of how the bag has changed over the centuries in terms of function, form, material and decoration.

Purse and Handbag Museum

Rembrandt House

The house where Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658 is a museum. The Rembrandt house recreates how Rembrandt lived. It also contains an excellent collection of etchings and paintings. Insider tip: Examine the interesting findings from Rembrandt's cesspit.

Rembrandt House

Rijks Museum

Most of the museum has been closed since 2003. It was supposed to re-open in 2007, then 2009, now 2013. The good news is most of the major painters greatest works can still be viewed. Rather than take away from the art in some way it is more interesting to view the Dutch Masters side by side. Insider tip: Book your ticket via the website and skip the long line.

Rijks Museum

Sex Musuem

The world's first and oldest sex museum, the "Venustempel". A leading museum on the theme of sensual love with an extensive collection of erotic pictures, paintings, objects, recordings, photographs and even attractions.

Insider tip: Bring a camera for this one.

Sex Musuem

Stedelijk

The Stedelijk’s original 1895 building at the Museumplein is currently under major restoration and will be closed till 2012.

Stedelijk

Van Gogh Museum

The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history.

Van Gogh Museum

World War II Resistance Museum

History buffs and curious minded individuals should definitely visit the Dutch Resistance Museum. It was recently chosen as the best historical museum of the Netherlands, and tells the story of the Dutch people in Word War II. How did Dutch people respond to the Nazi occupation? Who resisted? Why, and how?

World War II Resistance Museum
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