Though some might head to Amsterdam with the city’s famous “coffee shops” and Red Light District in mind, you’d be truly missing out if you visited this fascinating city and didn’t take a look at the art on offer. The Netherlands has given us some of the world’s most famous artists, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh, and much of their work is on show here in Amsterdam. By visiting just a few of the city’s galleries and museums you’ll soak in enough culture to last you quite some time.
The State Museum, called the Rijksmuseum in Dutch, is the Netherlands’ largest art gallery, and one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions. A visit to this museum will thrill art lovers, featuring many of Rembrandt’s masterpieces, along with pieces by Vermeer and van Dyck. The Rijksmuseum is also home to antique objects, drawings and prints, all contained in a beautiful, impressive building in the museum quarter of the city.
A visit to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without viewing some Van Gogh, and the Van Gogh Museum houses a huge collection of the famous artist’s work; around 200 paintings and 550 sketches that cover the breadth of his career. The exhibition also includes letters written by the artist and some of the work of his contemporaries, and is a truly unmissable landmark of Dutch culture.
Although the Dutch Masters may be the most well known feature of Amsterdam’s art history, the city is also home to a thriving modern art scene. Art galleries can be found all around the city featuring contemporary and modern art. The De Appel Art Centre is a must-see for those who love the avant-garde, showing a variety of international artists all year round, while spaces like the Gallery Paul Andriesse and Akinci also showcase contemporary Dutch art in a range of media forms. Be sure to visit as many of these galleries as you can, as well as the larger museums, to make the most of your visit to this great European city.