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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is a Dutch national museum in Amsterdam, located on the Museumplein. The museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art. The paintings collection includes works by artists Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Rembrandt and Rembrandt's pupils. The Rijksmuseum Research Library is also part of the Rijksmuseum, and is the largest public art history research library in The Netherlands.

For more information and enquiries please contact Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Postbus 74888, 1070 DN Amsterdam, Tel: +31 (0)20 6747000, E-mail:

Rijksmuseum as seen from the Museumplein
Photograph © Markus Würfel

Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a museum for classic modern and contemporary art in Amsterdam. It has been housed on the Paulus Potterstraat, next to Museum Square Museumplein and to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam Zuid since 1895. The collection contains some 90,000 objects from a variety of disciplines. Highlights of the collection include The Beanery by Edward Kienholz and works by Kazimir Malevich, Bauhaus and De Stijl. The museum has augmented its collection to include photography and design objects. It also holds important clusters and cores of work focusing on De Stijl, Bauhaus, Pop Art and CoBrA and, more recently, Neo-Impressionism, the collection represents virtually every significant movement in art and design of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Stedelijk also has a comprehensive collection of drawings and paintings by Kazimir Malevich. Key pieces by Post-Impressionists Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh exemplify art from the late 19th.

For more information and enquiries please contact Stedelijk Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 13, 1071 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlandsm Tel: +31 (0)20 – 573 29 11, E-mail:

Allard Pierson Museum

The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum. Art objects and utensils dating from 4000 BC to 500 AD give a good impression of everyday life, mythology, and religion in Antiquity. There are also several scale models of ancient temples and buildings. In the Ancient Egypt department there is a room dedicated to death, with mummies, sarcophagi, and a film showing the process of mummification.

For more information and enquiries please contact Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127, 94057, 1090GB Amsterdam, Tel: + 31 (0)20 52 52 556, E-mail:

Entrance to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam

Rembrandt House Museum

The Rembrandt House Museum is a house in Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam, where Rembrandt lived and painted for a number of years. It is now a museum. Rembrandt purchased the house in 1639 and lived there until he went bankrupt in 1656, when all his belongings went on auction. The collection as it now stands provides an almost complete overview of Rembrandt’s graphic work: 260 of the 290 etchings he made are represented. In addition to the collection of etchings, drawings and copper plates by the master himself, the Rembrandt House Museum also owns a small number of paintings by Rembrandt’s teacher, his pupils and his contemporaries. In recent years the museum has increasingly concentrated its efforts on collecting the graphic work of his predecessors and followers. Among the most important acquisitions are prints by the Leiden artists Jan Lievens and Johannes van Vliet, both of whom worked closely with Rembrandt. The collection also includes etchings by Christian Wilhelm Dietrich, Georg Friedrich Schmidt and others.

For more information and enquiries please contact The Rembrandt House Museum, Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0)20 5200 400, E-mail:

The Rembrandt House
Photograph © M.Minderhoud


The Tropenmuseum is an anthropological museum located in Amsterdam. It is one of the largest museums in Amsterdam, the museum accommodates eight permanent exhibitions and an ongoing series of temporary exhibitions, including both modern and traditional visual arts and photographic works. The Tropenmuseum is owned and operated by the Royal Tropical Institute, a foundation that sponsors the study of tropical cultures around the world. The museum houses 175,000 objects, 155,000 photographs and 10,000 miscellaneous drawings, paintings, and documents. The museum houses collections for many geographical areas such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. They also have several collections in storage that fall outside of their scope. These include collections for China, Japan, Korea, and Europe. The photography collection consists mainly of historical photographs of the former Dutch Colonies from 1855–1940. A theatric collection is housed at the Tropenmuseum as well. The collection houses 5,500 musical instruments as well as various other theatrical objects such as masks and puppets. It also features 21,000 textile artifacts, a majority of which are from Indonesia.

For more information and enquiries please contact Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam, PO Box 95001, 1090 HA Amsterdam, Tel: (020) -568 8200, E-mail:

Inside the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam
Photograph © Ziko

Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum

The Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum is a museum in Amsterdam. The museum is housed in a former naval storehouse, 's Lands Zeemagazijn or Admiraliteits Magazijn. The museum is dedicated to maritime history and contains many artifacts associated with shipping and sailing. The collection contains, among other things, paintings, scale models, weapons and world maps. The paintings depict Dutch naval officers such as Michiel de Ruyter and impressive historical sea battles. The map collection includes works by famed 17th-century cartographers Willem Blaeu and his son Joan Blaeu. The museum also has a surviving copy of the first edition of Maximilian Transylvanus' work, De Moluccis Insulis, the first to describe Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world.

For more information and enquiries please contact National Maritime Museum Amsterdam, P.O. box 15443, 1001 MK Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (020) 52 32 222, E-mail:

The Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum
Photograph © Ricardo Liberato

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