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  • Amsterdam Museum Including Golden Coach Exhibition

    1. Amsterdam Museum Including Golden Coach Exhibition

    Visit Amsterdam Museum and explore thousands of objects and works of art that tell the story of Amsterdam, taking you on a journey through the stories of its residents and neighborhoods, from the early Middle Ages to the Amsterdam we know today. Start your visit with the Amsterdam DNA exhibition, an introduction to the city and its history. Then, discover Refresh Amsterdam (until July 25, 2021), which shows how 25 contemporary artists explore their relationship with the city. The Little Orphanage (Het Kleine Weeshuis) is especially for children. Here, the history of the building comes to life as you learn about how tens of thousands of Amsterdam orphans lived, learned, and played in the past. This interactive exhibition enables kids and their parents to see what life must have been like in a 17th-century orphanage Next, check out the Golden Coach, which is on display again after a fiv...

    This museum is ultra-modern, using many new techniques to fully illustrate the history of the Netherlands through paintings, photographs, newsreels, interviews, films, etc.

  • Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

    2. Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

    Explore the history of the notorious Red Light District and experience a typical day in the life of a sex worker. See the rooms where they work, and hear their stories as told by the sex workers themselves. Get insight into their perspective, which they explore in a light-hearted and frank way in order to remove the taboos associated with sex work.  Sit in one of Amsterdam's famous Red Light District window's and feel what it's like to be on the other side of the glass. Discover the history of sex work in Amsterdam, learn how Amsterdam came to be such a liberal-minded metropolis. Read from the Confession Wall, a collection of written confessions left by museums visitors – some are funny, some are eye-opening, but all of them are revealing.

    Very interesting to learn about the history of prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light district and there’s a little photo booth at the end to take a free picture in the S&M costume accessories of your choice.

  • Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

    3. Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

    Enjoy a private walking tour and see all the main sights of the historic center, including the enchanting bridges, barges, houseboats and mercantile houses of the Canal Belt. Get well-acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on the Canal Belt. Be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings, numerous houseboats, and, of course, some of the most famous sights in the city. Learn how the city evolved from a muddy town on the Amstel River in the 12th century to the modern day metropolis. Get a local’s perspective and discover some little-known secrets of the city, including tree-lined squares and private courtyards. Get priceless tips on how to make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

  • Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Gay Bar Pub Crawl

    4. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Gay Bar Pub Crawl

    Begin your tour at the world-famous Prik Bar in Amsterdam. Prik is the Dutch word for bubbles, which is appropriate considering their wide selection of carbonated adult beverages. Next, stop for drinks and snacks at the beloved O'reilly's Irish Pub. There you and your tour will enjoy an exclusive room (air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter.) Next sashay on down with your tour towards the party on Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam's most gay-friendly street. Visit three bars and enjoy a wide array of drinks already waiting for you. Order a specialty cocktail or just dive into the party and try any of the special shots reserved for your tour. Enjoy priority service as well as up to 60% off drinking prices. End your tour at the Cafe Montmartre located on the Amstel river and enjoy the views of the water with some fun drinks and new friends.

    The Bar crawl was amazing. So much fun, with lots of shots included. Highly recommend!

  • Amsterdam: City Centre Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

    5. Amsterdam: City Centre Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

    Embark on a fun quest with your friends in the heart of Amsterdam. Solve riddles made up of cryptic directions on your phone to navigate through the city center. This alternative walk is designed to sharpen your senses. Let your curiosity lead you to some of the city’s most majestic canal views. Make your way to the famous courtyard in town. Uncover golden animals and free art spaces. Discover Amsterdam’s oldest café. Engage your senses with location-based riddles. Explore a free gallery curated by the Amsterdam Museum. Admire the most wonderful details around you on this short trail. Solve clues to unlock local stories, recommendations and amazing foodie offers along the way. Take your time and as many attempts as you need to answer riddles. Skip a riddle or ask for a hint if stuck. This discovery walk is a fun learning activity for friends, couples, families with kids, travelers, an...

  • Amsterdam: Contemporary City 4-Hour Private Walking Tour

    6. Amsterdam: Contemporary City 4-Hour Private Walking Tour

    Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, constructed in the shape of a wave. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this part of the town. Enjoy the fascinating private walking tour of the beautiful city of Amsterdam and discover its unique and thrilling contemporary side. Start your walk to the former KNSM dockyard isles. The KNSM isle is a living area in the former eastern harbor of Amsterdam, taken over by the young nomads, artists and squatters in the 1980s, and rebuilt in a district of splendor during an urban renewal project in the 1990s. The next highlight of the tour are two short ferry rides, the first towards the NDS dockyard with spectacular views of the former harbor area, and the second to the famous EYE building, home of the Amsterdam Film museum. Tour the striking building and...

  • Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour (Not Entry Ticket)

    7. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour (Not Entry Ticket)

    See masterpieces of art by Vincent Van Gogh on a guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and mark the 125th anniversary of the artist's death with an art history guide. Get a fascinating look into Van Gogh's life and work, and learn how, despite selling only one painting during his lifetime, he became one of the best known painters in history. Your guide will talk about the lengthy correspondence he exchanged with his younger brother Theo, providing a glimpse into the way he thought, worked and struggled. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, the museum is even of interest to those with limited knowledge of art. Hear anecdotes about Van Gogh’s life, and see easy-to-miss details in paintings such as “The Potato Eaters” and “Sunflowers.” If you want to explore major works and issues at more length during the tour, this can be arranged free of charge for ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Bart. Very knowledgable. Lots of in depth stories and anecdotes made the paintings come to life.

  • Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour with Pickup

    8. Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour with Pickup

    Discover historical Amsterdam on a private walking tour to explore the sights. After your pickup, let your friendly guide describe more than 800 years of Amsterdam’s history and culture to you — from its humble beginnings on the River Amstel to the glorious Golden Age. Stroll around the world famous 17th-century Canal Belt, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, and formed by draining swampland to create a canal network of concentric arcs. Walk the banks of the canals, pausing at places of interest, such as outside the Anne Frank House and other Amsterdam highlights.

  • Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

    9. Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

    Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam with your own personal guide, and stroll through the medieval center to see parts of the old city wall. Continue along the famous canals to explore Chinatown, the former Jewish District, and the infamous Red Light District. Learn how Amsterdam was built on a reclaimed swamp, when the land was buried in mud and the harbor was almost inaccessible. Connection with the North Sea was not realised until the 19th century, but Amsterdam had already became one of the most important cities in the world. As you stroll, you will learn about its position as a major science and cultural center, and discover how in 1650 its population of 220,000 inhabitants made it the 3rd largest city in Europe. Your guide will explain key aspects of Amsterdam’s story, passing sights such as the 17th-century Oostindisch Huis, the Amsterdam headquarters of the East India Com...

  • Amsterdam: Private Guided Walking Tour

    10. Amsterdam: Private Guided Walking Tour

    Explore the history of Amsterdam with a private guide, starting at your hotel. The first stop is the central Dam Square, site of the Royal Palace and National Monument. Then, stroll down the pretty cobblestone streets of the medieval center, as your guide entertains you with fun facts about the city and its Golden Age of history. Learn how Amsterdam prospered in the 17th century when Dutch ships controlled most of the sea trade of Europe. Your guide will explain how Amsterdam became a key trade city for transporting goods, thanks to its unique network of canals. Walk the banks of the canals in the Canal Belt, pausing at places of interest, such as the Anne Frank House, Flower Market, Beguinage (Begijnhof), or Rembrandt Museum. As this is a private tour, you are free to state your preferences for a more personalized itinerary and see the sights that you want to see.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Amsterdam Museum is open daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM, though closed on April 27th (King's Day) and December 25th (Christmas). It doesn't open until noon on January 1st and closes an hour early on December 5th, 24th, and 31st. Some generous concessions are offered on ticket prices and entry is free with the I Amsterdam City Card or the Museumkaart.

  • How to get there?

    The Amsterdam Museum is inaccessible by car but is just a short walk from Dam Square. The closest tram stops are Spui (lines 1, 2, and 5) and Rokin (4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25).

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 5:00PM daily, but check ahead of time for holiday closures in December.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are only €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide for the museum, but other tours in the area are definitely worth it!
  • How to get there
    It's just a short walk from Dam Square, or take tram lines 1, 2 or 5 to Spui, or lines 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 to Rokin.
  • Additional information
    Photography is allowed, but not with a tripod. | Some areas are not accessible for the disabled.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 12,535 reviews

The tour is informative and fun. At the beginning it was a bit unclear to me how to get into the game - this is possible via a link in one of the e-mails that you receive in advance. The tour itself is well set up and certainly even with children the guessing games can be quite funny.

Very interesting to learn about the history of prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light district and there’s a little photo booth at the end to take a free picture in the S&M costume accessories of your choice.

This museum is ultra-modern, using many new techniques to fully illustrate the history of the Netherlands through paintings, photographs, newsreels, interviews, films, etc.

The Bar crawl was amazing. So much fun, with lots of shots included. Highly recommend!

Expert and nice guide, Rolf taught us a lot of things.