Art in Amsterdam
A major reason for coming to Amsterdam is to visit the wonderful Amsterdam Museums. The array of art in Amsterdam is overwhelming and ranges from the work of the Dutch Masters to contemporary 21st century art.
During the 17th century, referred to as the "Golden Age" for Dutch art, there were a long list of Amsterdam artists, most notably Rembrandt. Most of these artists lived in Jordaan, the Bohemian heart of the city. Once you have finished exploring the Amsterdam Museums (if you ever do!) head to the Jordaan to see where these Amsterdam artists worked and relaxed.
Possibly the best known museum in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum (which means National Museum) is home to one of the richest collections of art in Amsterdam. The collection focuses on the works of the Dutch Masters and contains over 200 paintings by Amsterdam’s most famous artist; Rembrandt as well as works by his famous contemporaries such as Johannes Vermeer.
The Rijksmuseum is located to the south of the city near the Leidseplein, opening hours are 9am to 6pm. For a great deal on your Rijksmuseum tickets pre-purchase the Holland Pass which entitles you to free and skip the line tickets.
The Van Gogh Museum
This popular Amsterdam Museum is not just an exhibit of some of the artists finest works but also documents his fascinating life. As well as over 200 of the artists best known works, including the famous Starry Night, a series of letters and drawings document the artists innermost thoughts.
The Van Gogh Museum is located to the south of the city near the Leidseplein, opening hours are 10am to 6pm. For a great deal on your Van Gogh Museum tickets pre-purchase the Holland Pass which entitles you to free and skip the line tickets.
Other Museums in Amsterdam
While the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum may be the two most famous Amsterdam museums there is such a wealth of art in Amsterdam and many more museums to be visited.
2009 and 2010 see the opening of two exciting new Amsterdam museums. An Amsterdam branch of the Hermitage museums will contain vast collections which have been borrowed from the St Petersburg museums and document the glory days of the Russian Tsars.
Another new Amsterdam museum the Stedelijk will contain a collection of world famous contemporary art by artists such as Andy Warhol, and Picasso. The Stedelijk is intended to take art in Amsterdam to the next level with a modern art collection that can compete with the MOMA and Guggenheim in New York and the Tate Modern in london-city-breaks-weekend-short-breaks.aspx.
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