Blog 14: Dutchies Hostel – Museums in Amsterdam Part 1: The Museum Quarter

Amsterdam is a city with a lot to offer. Whether you want to go shopping, enjoy great food or want to visit a museum, you will have a lot of options. For the latter you can visit the Museumkwartier (Museum quarter), an area in the ‘old’ South of Amsterdam.

The biggest museum of the four is the Rijksmuseum. In this museum you will find one of the most famous Dutch paintings: De Nachtwacht (the Nightwatch) by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. If you are into the more classical 17th century, renaissance style art you should definitely visit this place. Not only are the artworks inside worth your while, the outside is a sight to see as well. Built in the 19th century, this building is an iconic location in Amsterdam.

Close by you will find a museum with most of the artworks from probably the most iconic (Dutch) painter of all time, Vincent van Gogh. The Van Gogh museum is a great place to visit. Even if you are not that much into art, you can’t help but to be impressed with the amazing work Van Gogh has created. Not only will you view the art, you will also learn more about the man behind the art.

Next to the Van Gogh Museum there is the Stedelijk Museum, a modern art museum. One of the best thing about this one is the big variety they offer, which is more than logical considering how much variety modern art has. With artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Piet Mondriaan, Gerrit Rietveld, Kazimir Malevich and many more the museum has an impressive collection.

My personal favourite art style is hands down Pop Art. Unfortunately for me, there is not a museum that has a big collection with one of my favourite Pop Art artist, the iconic Andy Warhol. But luckily for me there is the Moco Museum. They have a nice Banksy collection and currently there is a Roy Lichtenstein exhibition. The latter happens to be my favourite artist. The museum itself is not that big, so they have a very limited collection and you cannot walk around for hours, like you could with the other museums. But that being said, it is worth a visit.

I would say that these are the most popular museums in Amsterdam. Aside from these there a lot of other nice museums to visit, but you will have to wait for part 2 to find out.