National Museum Week

National Museum Week

Apr 19, 2021Apr 25, 2021
Various museums all over the Netherlands

National Museum Week is back with a fresh edition of cultural enrichment for all walks of life in virtually every city and town in the country! This year it's digital, of course!

You may have discovered some museums online via virtual tours already. Well, this week, museums all over the Netherlands have rolled out special programmes online, with fun activities for kids.

A week of cultural heritage in the Netherlands

During National Museum Week 2021, more than 400 museums throughout the Netherlands will participate in a celebration of the country's rich cultural heritage by offering special online programmes. Keep an eye on the website for details.

Dutch museums celebrate "Our Real Gold"

For four years running, the theme of the National Museum Week is "Our Real Gold", inspiring Dutch museums to show off their true treasures. Museums revive the past by displaying their ultimate gems, offering us a snapshot of the world outside our day-to-day experiences.

National Museum Week recommendations

Not sure which museum to visit online? Overwhelmed by all the choices? Here are a few showpieces to be admired in Dutch museums during National Museum Week, and not just in Amsterdam!

Museums in Rotterdam

Rotterdam has an abundance of museums of all kinds. Museums in Rotterdam include the Rotterdam Natural History Museum, Kunsthal, World Museum and the Netherlands Photo Museum. Check out the restored ships and cranes from hundreds of years ago at the Rotterdam Maritime Museum.

Museums in Amsterdam

The must-see museums in Amsterdam include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam Museum and many more. Don't miss the diamond skull with 17.000 gemstones in the Diamond Museum Amsterdam or The Night Watch by Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum.

Museums in The Hague

The museums in The Hague include Escher in the Palace, Museon, Kunstmuseum, Beelden aan Zee Museum, the Louwman Museum and more. The Girl with the Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis and the guillotine in the Prison Gate Museum (Gevangenpoort) in The Hague are well worth seeing.

Museums in Leiden

The museums in Leiden include Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Rijksmuseum Van Oudeheden and the Japan Museum Sieboldhuis. Make sure you check out the T-Rex fossil, in Naturalis if you're in Leiden.

Museums in Limburg

Limburg is full of fascinating museums. Museums in Maastricht include the Maastricht National History Museum, Bonnefantenmuseum and the Museum aan het Vrijthof. While you're in the region, check out the remains of a Roman bathhouse, in the Thermenmuseum in Heerlen near Maastricht

Museums in the north of the Netherlands

The northern provinces have many remarkable museums. Museums in Groningen worth seeing are the Groninger Museum, Northern Maritime Museum, the Groningen University Museum and the GRID Graphic Museum.

While you're up north, it's worth seeing the Girl of Yde, the famous remains of a girl who was killed thousands of years ago, in the Drents Museum in Assen

Plan your online museum visits

There's always a good reason to go to a museum in the Netherlands, but there are many unique highlights to see during the digital version of National Museum Week. See the full list of participating museums on the National Museum Week website.