Museums and Culture in Amsterdam
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a veteran of the city's cultural scene, there's no escaping the international attraction of Amsterdam's major museums. Within them you'll find artefacts and exhibitions to suit all tastes, from family fun and science through to the Dutch Masters and modern art.
Anne Frank House
Inside the Anne Frank House, travelers will see the location where not so long ago the 15-year-old Anne Frank penned a journal that would become a best-seller. Travelers can imagine what it'd be like to stay hidden away for more than two years, only to be betrayed and taken to a concentration camp. Artifacts inside the museum include historical documents, photographs, film images and belongings from those in hiding and those who assisted them.
The Verzetsmuseum (the Dutch Resistance Museum), located by the Artis Royal Zoo, has been called the city's best-kept secret by some. The informative – even inspiring – museum tells the stories of those who lived in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation and explains how the atrocities of World War II transpired. Through authentic objects, photos and documents, film and sound fragments, visitors will learn how the resistance manifested in the Netherlands.
Van Goh Museum
A visit to the Van Gogh museum is a must for any lover of art. It holds nearly 200 paintings by Van Gogh in addition to his letters and drawings.The museum also has an impressive collection of works by the painter’s contemporaries, friends, followers, and artistic predecessors, including many Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists.