Giant of the art world! With a notable collection that’s comparable in style to The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Chicago’s Art Institute, the Stedelijk is undoubtedly an ambitious museum. Thanks to its refurbishment, many highlights from Malevich, Edward Kienholz, Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol once again have fantastic permanent spots on its walls. What’s more, the new building provides more spacious halls, allowing it to showcase larger objects, installations and exhibitions than ever before.
The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is both the oldest church and the oldest building in Amsterdam. It dates back to about 1250 and is incongruously located in the red light district. Perhaps this is why the inscription above the bridal chamber says "Marry in haste, mourn at leisure".Today, the Oude Kerk frequently hosts exhibitions and concerts.
Artis Royal Zoo was the first zoo to be established in the Netherlands, and it’s located right in the centre of Amsterdam. It’s a place where nature and cultural heritage come together; a place where history has been created since 1838 and where new stories are created daily. Come experience them for yourself.
Admire the tropical fish in the Aquarium – one of the many historical monuments at the Artis. Travel through time in the planetarium. See the giraffes galloping amongst the zebras, springboks, oryx and wildebeests. Walk through the historical Bird House and study the numerous species of birds. Be amazed by the diversity of animals that share the tropical forest in the renovated Forest House. Surround yourself with hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. Stroll through the historical park with its centuries-old trees and a multitude of plants. Every leaf, tree, animal, building and exhibit has its own story to tell. Together they reveal the bigger story about nature and its importance to our society.
Travel the world from the comfort of Amsterdam’s Museum of Bags & Purses as they explore the history of travel and the development of suitcases and travel bags. The exhibition ‘Welcome Aboard’ runs from 12 March to 31 August 2014.
The museum on the Herengracht will display a huge array of unique suitcases and travel bags dating from 1850 to the present day. Trace the development of luggage through the years, from gigantic trunks that could stand up to travel by horse-drawn carriage or barge to the small, ultra-lightweight cases we now take with us when flying to distant climes. The collection includes carpet bags, woollen railway bags and luxury luggage sets designed by Louis Vuitton.
The National Maritime Museum invites visitors to discover how the sea has shaped Dutch culture. In this freshly modernised museum, stimulating, interactive exhibitions let visitors explore 500 years of maritime history. There are a variety of exhibitions, including many especially for children. Notably, the famous replica of the Dutch East India Company ship ‘Amsterdam’ is moored at the museum, so visitors can climb on board and explore it.
Discover science at NEMO Science Center, where children can playfully experience science and technology all day long. The museum is situated in an unmistakable, sloping green building, set amidst the city’s Eastern Docklands.
NEMO also has a great surprise on the outside. Its sloping roof is accessible to the public, with an outdoor café and fantastic views of the city awaiting those who climb to the top. And throughout summer (June, July and August), the roof also becomes the highest city beach, with sand pits for the kids to get creative (or just plain messy).
The Royal Palace on Amsterdam’s Dam Square belongs to the Dutch royal family. It is used for state visits, award ceremonies and other official receptions. When the palace is not being used by the royal family, it is open to the public. Be amazed by the magnificent interior and architecture of this palace.
In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age.
Visit Het Grachtenhuis (the Canal House) to learn more about the history of Amsterdam’s canal ring. The museum looks at the 17th-century city expansion projects that led to Amsterdam’s ring of canals which received UNESCO world heritage status in 2010. After seeing the interactive displays, you’ll look at Amsterdam in a whole new light when wandering through the city’s streets or taking a canal cruise.