Interested in Dutch art, culture, history or science? Here’s a list of some of the most visited and interesting museums in the Netherlands that both expats and tourists should visit.
Sandbergplein 1, 1181 ZX Amstelveen
Cobra caused a revolution in the Netherlands; a breakthrough in modern art that continues to influence art theory and artistic expression to the present day.
Anne Frank Huis
Prinsengracht 267 Amsterdam
Opened to the public in 1960, the canalside house serves as a present-day reminder of the war, the plight of its Jewish inhabitants, Anne Frank’s indomitable spirit and the celebrated diary she wrote during the time she spent in hiding in its Secret Annexe. Today the Anne Frank Huis is a world-famous museum that receives around a million visitors yearly and the most visited building of its kind in Amsterdam.
Herengracht 366-368, 1001 AK Amsterdam
Where Bible, art and culture meet in a monument full of history.. Archaeological discoveries, ancient artefacts, centuries-old models of the temple of Solomon and Herod, religious objects from the Judeo-Christian tradition and even aromas bring stories from the oldest and most-read books to life. The Bijbels Museum presents how the Bible came into existence, and its influence on Dutch society through the ages.
Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam
The Rembrandt House Museum consists of the 17th century old house and studio of Rembrandt and a modern building which houses the entrance, the museum shop and the two exhibition rooms.
Museumstraat 1 Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands. Its collection comprises 1,1 million objects from and about the Netherlands, dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
De Nieuwe Kerk
Gravenstraat 17, 1012 NL Amsterdam
De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam is famous for its much talked-about exhibitions on treasures from other countries, cultures and religions.
Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam
Completed in 1716, Keizersgracht 609 first operated as a warehouse. After coal merchant and art buyer Carel Joseph Fodor (1801-1860) took ownership, his last will and testament stipulated that the canal depot be used to store his impressive collection of works.
Museumplein 10 Amsterdam
Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Museum District, the Stedelijk Museum is dedicated to modern art and design!
Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam
Visit the Museum of Bags and Purses and discover the unique collection of Hendrikje Ivo, who collected bags for more than 35 years.
Amstel 51 Amsterdam
Hermitage Amsterdam is the largest dependency of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, with the total area of the building (exhibition area) numbering 12.846 (2.172) square meters.
Joods Historisch Museum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 Amsterdam
The Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum) provides deep insight into one of Amsterdam's most prolific cultures. The museum displays Jewish religious objects as well as Jewish art, historical artefacts, and multimedia presentations.
Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam
The Tropenmuseum is one of Europe’s leading ethnographic museums, renowned for its collection. The permanent and temporary exhibitions display (art) objects, photographs, music and film from non-western cultures.
Van Gogh Museum
Stadhouderskade 55, 1072 AB Amsterdam
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection.
National Maritime Museum
Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam
Het Scheepvaartmuseum, the National Maritime Museum, shows how the Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibits allow everyone to explore 500 years of maritime history.
Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam
In 1997, Queen Beatrix opened the Netherlands’ largest science center. In so doing, she opened a unique place in Amsterdam comprising five floors packed with scientific and technological things to do and discover.
Herengracht 386 Amsterdam
Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) introduces visitors to one of the best city development projects in the world: the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam.
Kalverstraat 92 Amsterdam
The rich collection of works of art, objects and archaeological finds brings to life the fortunes of Amsterdammers of days gone by and today.
Ons' Lieve Heer Op Solder
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, 1012 GE Amsterdam
Our Lord in the Attic is one of the oldest and most remarkable museums in Amsterdam. Behind the characteristic facade of the house by the canal lies a largely original 17th-century home and a complete hidden church.
EYE Film Institute
IJpromenade 1 Amsterdam
EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the Dutch centre for film culture and heritage, is dedicated to developing a vigorous film culture in the Netherlands.
Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam
Honthorststraat 20, 1071 Amsterdam
Westersingel 102-104, 9901 GK Appingedam
Museum Møhlmann is a privately-owned museum for realistic and figurative art.
Utrechtseweg 87, 6812 AA Arnhem
Forms of realism make up the core of the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem’s collection.
Korte Geer 1, 2601 CA Delft
The Army Museum keeps alive the history of the Dutch soldier throughout the centuries by creating a bridge between society and armed forces.
Lambert van Meerten
Oude Delft 199, 2611 HD Delft
Museum Lambert van Meerten is situated in a beautiful building alongside the canals on the street called "Oude Delft." The museum shows a collection of artefacts that was brought together by the rich industrial and art collector Lambert van Meerten.
Paul Tetar van Elven
Koornmarkt 67, 2611 EC Delft
Paul Tetar van Elven (1823-1896) was a painter and teacher in free-hand drawing at the Polytechnical School, the predecessor of the Technical University Delft.
Rotterdamseweg 196, 2628 AR Delft
The Koninklijke Delftsch Aardewerkfabriek (Royal Delft Pottery) "De Porceleyne Fles Anno 1653" N.V. (Royal Delft) is the leading producer of authentic Delft Blue ornamental earthenware and modern earthenware.
St Agathaplein 1, 2611 HR Delft
Museum Het Prinsenhof (The Princes Court) presents the story of the Eighty Years War against the Spanish and the role of the House of Orange during this period.
Tongelresestraat 27, 5613 DA Eindhoven
A tour of the DAF Museum will take visitors from one surprise to the next. The inventiveness that has been characteristic for DAF vehicles from 1928 till the present day will even captivate visitors who have no special knowledge of the subject.
Boutenslaan 161 B, 5644 TV Eindhoven
The Historic Open air museum of Eindhoven (Historisch Openluchtmuseum Eindhoven) is an archaeological open air museum, focusing on the Iron Age and Middle Ages of the province of Noord-Brabant.
Bilderdijklaan 10, 5611 NH Eindhoven
The Van Abbemuseum is a museum of modern and contemporary art in Eindhoven.
Emmasingel 20, 5611 AZ Eindhoven
MU artspace zooms in on the hybrid visual culture of now and later.
Lasondersingel 129-131, 7514 BP Enschede
The Rijksmuseum Twenthe (1930) has a wide and varied collection of art and applied art from the Middle Ages up to the present day.
Rabenhauptstraat 65, 9725 CC Groningen
The Grafisch Museum Groningen is a museum for graphical industry, art and design.
Groningen University Museum
Oude Boteringestraat 44, 9712 GL Groningen
The University Museum displays the scientific collections of the University of Groningen.
Museumeiland 1, 9711 ME Groningen
Well over a century old, the Groninger Museum has managed to build an extensive and extremely varied collection.
Brugstraat 24, 9711 HZ Groningen
The Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum shows the history of the North Dutch shipbuilding and shipping from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Frans Hals Museum
Groot Heiligland 62, 2011 ES Haarlem
The museum focuses on the works of Frans Hals, 17th-century portrait painter.
Spaarne 16, 2011 CH Haarlem
Teylers Museum, is the Netherlands' first and oldest museum, open to the public since 1784.
Thermen Museum Heerlen
Coriovallumstraat 9, 6411 CA Heerlen
The Roman heritage of Coriovallum is presented and preserved by the museum. The site itself is the predecessor of the current town of Heerlen and presents many items that were found in the direct vicinity.
Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10, 2312 WC Leiden
Museum Boerhaave is the Dutch National Museum for the History of Science and Medicine, and opened its doors in 1931.
Oude Singel 28-32, 2312 RA Leiden
There is no place in the world like Leiden! Where would you find one city in which Rembrandt, Jan Lievens, Gerrit Dou, Jan Steen and Jan van Goyen all lived and worked in the same time frame?
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden
The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) is the national centre of archaeology where you can appreciate the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the classical world and the early Netherlands.
Rapenburg 19, 2311 GE Leiden
When you visit the SieboldHuis museum you are treated to beautiful objects from Japan: fascinating Japanese artifacts behind a Dutch historical facade.
2e Binnenvestgracht 1, 2312 BZ Leiden
"De Valk" (The Falcon) is a tower mill, dating from 1743. It has seven floors, all of which are open to the public.
Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden
The Hortus botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands and located in the historical centre of Leiden. Behind the academy building of the Leiden University you will discover a green oasis with a large collection of plants native to South-east and East Asia, Southern Europe and South Africa.
Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden
Museum Volkenkunde originated in two national collections. One of these was Koninklijk Kabinet van Zeldzaamheben (the Royal Cabinet of Curiosities) in The Hague, established in 1816 by King Willem I.
American Pilgrim Museum
Beschuitsteeg 9 Leiden
Located in a beautifully preserved house built ca 1365-1370 near the clock tower of the Hooglandskerk, the Leiden American Pilgrim museum tells the stories of the founders of New England, the Pilgrims.
Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR Leiden
Naturalis Biodiversity Center works on biodiversity with a huge world-class collection and a combination of teaching, research, educating the general public and individual experience.
Aan Het Vrijthof
Vrijthof 18, 6211 LD Maastricht
The Museum aan het Vrijthof focuses on (local) history, art and artefacts.
Avenue Ceramique 250, 6221 KX Maastricht
The Bonnefanten Museum is the foremost museum of fine art in the province of Limburg.
Avenue Ceramique 226, 6221 KX Maastricht
NAiM / Bureau Europa operates as a presentation and network organisation in the fields of architecture and design.
De Bosquetplein 7, 6211 KJ Maastricht
All in all the Natural History Museum Maastricht holds more than 550.000 natural objects, while its collections comprise more than 11.000 species, including over 1.000 type specimens.
Brewery De Keyzer NA Bosch
Wycker Grachtstraat 26 Maastricht
Experience the history of making beer in brewery De Keyzer and visit one of the best preserved treasures of Maastricht.
Het Valkhof Nijmegen
Kelfkensbos 59, 6511 TB Nijmegen
Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen houses a major collection of Roman antiquities, old masters, and modern art.
Kroller Muller Museum
Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo
The Kröller-Müller Museum has a world-renowned collection of mainly 19th and 20th century visual art. The centrepieces include the large collection of work by Vincent van Gogh and the sculpture garden.
Belasting & Douane Museum
Parklaan 14-16 Rotterdam
The Tax and Customs Museum has a very interesting collection about everything that relates to tax and customs.
Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18, 3015 CX Rotterdam
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. In 1849 the lawyer Boijmans left his art collection to the city of Rotterdam. With the acquisition of the Van Beuningen collection in 1958 the museum got the second part of its name.
Leuvehaven 1, 3011 EA Rotterdam
Situated in the bustling heart of Rotterdam, the Maritime Museum Rotterdam is one of the world’s top and the Netherlands' oldest maritime museums (1874).
Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), part of The New Institute is more than a museum of architecture. It is above all a cultural institute which is open to the public and which uses a variety of methods for communicating about the shaping of human space.
Museumpark 11, 3015 CB Rotterdam
The Chabot Museum houses a number of different collections. For instance, it manages the private Grootveld Collection that consists of 26 paintings by Chabot that date from the period 1940 to 1945 and which used to belong to Mr. Tol. In addition, the Grootveld Collection already included a large number of paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphics by Chabot. These collections combine to provide an excellent summary of Chabot’s oeuvre.
Nieuwemarkt 1a, 3011 HP Rotterdam
The Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum houses more than 350.000 objects related to education including, but not limited to, school boards, ink pots, atlases, photographs and films.
Westzeedijk 345, 3015 AA Rotterdam
The Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam is a natural history museum located in the Villa Dijkzigt, dating from 1852 and extended in 1995 with a modern glazed pavilion which was designed by the Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat.
Museumpark, Westzeedijk 34, 3015 AA Rotterdam
The Kunsthal Rotterdam stages some 25 exhibitions a year. It presents culture in the widest sense of the word: old art, new art, design, photography - from elitist to popular.
Wilhelminakade 332, 3072 AR Rotterdam
The Nederlands Fotomuseum annually organises exhibitions of and about photography.
Willemskade 25, 3016 DM Rotterdam
The Wereldmuseum offers, by its outstanding ethnographic collection, a unique place to absorb and experience a variety of cultures.
Escher in Het Paleis
Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH The Hague
Escher in Het Paleis is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous artist M.C. Escher, whose art startled millions of people all over the world.
Stadhouderslaan 43, 2517 HV The Hague
The Hague Museum of Photography opened its doors in December 2002. It is part of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague and works closely with the Print Room of Leiden University Library.
Museum voor Communicatie
Zeestraat 82, 2518 AD The Hague
The Museum voor Communicatie (formerly the "PTT Museum") is the national postal museum and houses interactive exhibits.
Stadhouderslaan 37, 2517 HV The Hague
Museon hosts educational and attractive exhibitions and programmes to communicate with a broad audience.
Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV The Hague
The Municipal Museum (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) is an art museum in The Hague renowned for its large Mondrian collection.
Korte vijverberg 7, 2513 AB The Hague
The Historical Museum of The Hague is located in the historical heart of The Hague. The museum is housed in the former archery house of St. Sebastian's guild and dates from 1636. It is built on the spot of a gatehouse that was used by the civic guard.
Prison Gate Museum
Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH The Hague
The Gevangenpoort (Prison Gate) tells the thrilling tale of crime and punishment in days gone by. The museum has a history that stretches back seven centuries and is among the top 100 most important monuments in the Netherlands.
De Mesdag Collectie
Laan van Meerdervoort 7-F The Hague
The Mesdag Collection houses the exceptional collection of 19th-century art assembled by the renowned marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten.
Korte Vijverberg 8, 2513 AB The Hague
Previously the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau, Mauritshuis now has a large art collection, including paintings by Dutch painters.
Prinsessegracht 30, 2514 AP The Hague
Museum Meermanno is located in the charming former residence of Baron Van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) and focuses on the history and development of old and modern books, manuscripts and other prints.
Westhovenplein 125 The Hague
The Turks Museum Nederland highlights the centuries-old relationship between Turkey and the Netherlands as well as the experiences and memories of the first-generation immigrant workers.
De Pont Museum
Wilhelminapark 1, 5041 EA Tilburg
De Pont has been named after the attorney and businessman J.H. de Pont (1915-1987), whose estate provided for the establishment of a foundation to stimulate contemporary visual art in 1988.
Lange Nieuwstraat 38, 3512 PH Utrecht
Museum Catharijneconvent exhibits the past and present of Christian heritage in the Netherlands, and offers insights into the Christian art and cultural history of the Netherlands and its influence on Dutch society.
Nicolaaskerkhof 10, 3512 XC Utrecht
The Centraal Museum is the oldest municipal museum in the Netherlands.
Zonnenburg 2, 3512 NL Utrecht
Discover the secrets of Sonnenborgh! Go behind the thick walls of the 16th Century Bastion to search for cannon emplacements. Climb the stairs up to the 19th Century telescope domes and gaze at the stars.
Maliebaanstation 16, 3581 XW Utrecht
The Railway Museum is not just a museum. It is a fascinating environment in which you discover how the railway changed the world.
Contemporary Aboriginal Art
Oudegracht 176, 3511 NP Utrecht
The AAMU is the only museum in Europe that is entirely dedicated to contemporary Aboriginal art from Australia.
Steenweg 6 Utrecht
Museum Speelklok in Utrecht collects, preserves, presents and restores an extensive and internationally renowned array of self-playing mechanical musical instruments.
Falconry & Cigar-makers
Oranje Nassaustraat 8b, 5554 AG Valkenswaard
The Falconry and Cigar-makers Museum consists of two collections, which can be visited in the same building.
Oranje Nassaustraat 8c, 5554 AG Valkenswaard
The collection of the Dutch Museum of Lithography comprises book illustrations, cartography, commercial posters and lithographic prints.