7 Museums for 7 Days in Amsterdam
There’s more to Amsterdam than sex, drugs, and electronic music. Dozens of the world’s most interesting museums are nestled among the Dutch capital’s charming canal houses, world-famous red-light windows, and smoke-filled coffee shops. There’s one dedicated to the city’s maritime heritage. Another museum is a fashionista’s dream: a tribute to bags and purses. One chronicles the life of Anne Frank. Another displays the work of Vincent van Gogh. Others delve into the sex and drugs for which Amsterdam is perhaps best known.
If you’re planning a seven-day trip to Amsterdam, there’s a great museum to see every day of the week. Here’s our suggested itinerary:
The Amsterdam Museum should be one of your first stops. (Photo: Amsterdam Museum/Facebook)
Monday: Amsterdam Museum
Address: Entrances at Kalverstraat 92 and Sint Luciënsteeg 27
Admission: 11 euros ( $16) for adults; 5 euros ($6) for kids 5-18; children under 4 are free
Hours: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Closed April 27 and Dec. 25.
If you really want to get to know Amsterdam, make Amsterdam Museum one of your first stops. Amsterdam’s is a story that starts over 1,000 years ago, and the Amsterdam Museum tells it in a more engaging way than any book, tour guide, or website can. It uses interactive exhibits to tell the stories of Rembrandt, van Gogh, Anne Frank, and other famous figures who have called the city home. This museum puts all the others — and the rest of Amsterdam — into context.
The Anne Frank House will likely be the most emotionally moving stop on your whole trip (Photo: Jeff Blum/Flickr)
Tuesday: Anne Frank House
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267
Admission: 9.50 euros ($13) for adults; 5 euros ($7) for kids 10-17; .50 euro ($.70) for kids under 10
Hours: Vary by season
This is a museum worth waking up early for. And if you don’t buy tickets online ahead of time, that’s exactly what you’ll have to do. The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, and lines form early. This museum includes the house where young Anne Frank hid with her family and wrote her now-famous diary during the Nazi occupation. It’s a special time to visit the Anne Frank House; this year marks what would have been Anne’s 85th birthday.