What was Rembrandt's life like? Where did Holland's most renowned artist etch and paint his masterpieces? Where did the most dramatic events of his life take place? The Rembrandt House welcomes everyone who would like to see for themselves. The Rembrandt House owns an almost complete collection of Rembrandt's world-famous etchings. There are also special exhibitions devoted to Rembrandt and to past and present artists who have been inspired by Rembrandt. Address: Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam. Hours: Mon. - Sat.: 10:00 - 17:00. Sun. and public holidays: 13:00 - 17:00.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum houses the world's largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh; more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters as well as the artists's own collection of Japanese prints. The museum also houses an extensive collection of works of art by other 19th century painters and sculptors. The permanent collection is housed in the main building, which was designed by Gerrit Rietveld. The exhibition wing, completed in 1999 offers a wide range of exhibitions related to 19th century art. Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1070 AJ Amsterdam. Hours: Daily: 10:00 - 18:00, Friday: 10:00 - 22:00.
Amsterdam Zoo (Artis)
How many O'Reilly animals can you spot at the Amsterdam Zoo? Artis, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838, is a haven of peace and quiet in the city centre of Amsterdam. In the zoo, 700 species of animals provide a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom. Amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects ... all are superbly represented. Artis' renowned Aquarium brings you face to face with the secret life of Amsterdam's canals! Around the zoo you'll find many more Dutch and European animal and plant species, as well as more exotic ones. You can also come to quench your thirst for knowledge at the Planetarium, the museums and all kinds of smaller exhibits. Address: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam. Hours: Daily 09:00 - 17:00.
Heineken Experince is located in one of the most impressive industrial heritage sites of the Netherlands: the original Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam. Its buildings span two centuries, the main part dates from 1867 (the original building) and 1930 (a working brewery until 1988). In this unique environment, you'll experience Heineken's rich history and the tradition and craft of brewing. Address: Stadhouderskade 78, Amsterdam. Hours: Tues. - Sun.: 10:00 - 18:00. Last ticket sales: 17:00.
In the Masterpieces, Rijksmuseum displays the very best of its collection. This presentation in the beautifully redesigned Philips Wing provides an exceptional opportunity to see the highlights of the Golden Age all together: the beautiful doll's houses, a wealth of silverware, the best Delftware, the spectacular civic company pieces, icons of Dutch history and of course favorites such as paintings by Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Over 400 masterpieces are on view. Address: Jan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam. Hours: 9:00 - 18:00.
The Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is a museum with a story. It's situated in the center of Amsterdam and holds the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War II. Anne Frank was a normal girl in exceptional circumstances. For more than two years, she described the events of her daily life in hiding. The original version of the diary is on display as part of the Anne Frank House's permanent exhibition. The collection and temporary exhibitions focus on the wartime persecution of Jews, contemporary fascism and anti-Semitism. Address: Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam. Hours: 9:00 - 19:00.
Amsterdam Historical Museum
The rich collection of works of art, objects and archaelogical finds which bring to life the fortunes of Amsterdammers of days gone by and today can be seen at the Amsterdam Historical Museum. From a mediaeval child's shoe and the 1538 map of Cornelis Antonisz, giving a bird's eye view of the city, to the impressive Civic Guard paintings from the Golden Age, the museum shows the happy times as well as the drama of the city's inhabitants. Address: Kalverstraat 92 Niewzijds Voorburgwal 357, Amsterdam. Hours: Mon. - Fri.: 10:00 - 17:00, Sat. - Sun.: 11:00 - 17:00.
NEMO is the largest science center in the Netherlands . NEMO is located in a striking copper-clad building designed by Renzo Piano. At NEMO, both children and adults experience adventures in a world of science and technology in an entertaining way. NEMO takes you on a voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. Experience a journey through the mind, try to escape the laws of physics, dance and experiment with images, sounds, texts and websites. NEMO is located in the historical harbor of Amsterdam., where the IJ tunnel goes beneath the water. Address: Osterdok 2, Amsterdam. Hours: Tues. - Sun.: 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mondays.
Mike's Bike Tours
In about 4 hours, take a guided bike tour of Amsterdam with Mike's Bike Tours and see numerous points of interest in this fantastic city. You'll learn much about the rich history of the most powerful and wealthiest European city of the 1600's and how the land was reclaimed from the sea. The tour will also ride along the Amstel River beyond the edge of town where you'll see one of the few remaining authentic windmills and visit an entertaining Dutch farmer at his cheese farm/clog factory. Tours meet on the Museumplain. Tours begin at 12:30, September - November. Visit the website for more information.
The Canal Bus is the perfect way to get around Amsterdam. The comfortable boats offer a hop on, hop off service along 3 routes with 14 stops located near major museums, shopping areas and attractions. On board commentary is provided. The Day Pass is valid on all three lines until 12:00 the next day. The Canal Bus Day Pass includes discount coupons on various attractions, museums, shops and restaurants. The Canal Bus runs 365 days a year from 10:00 - 19:00. Ticket locations and phone: Phone number: +31-20-6239886; Gray Line ticket shops: Gray Line Ticket Shop opposite the Rijksmuseum (Stadhouderskade 42, Amsterdam)or Gray Line Ticket Shop opposite the Central Station (Stationsplein 10, Amsterdam)
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The Netherlands Board of Tourism has complete tourist information for Amsterdam and the rest of The Netherlands.