If it’s museums and parks you enjoy then you will find plenty to see and enjoy in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The largest and most popular is the Rijksmuseum which houses the nation’s great art by such Dutch masters as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Steen.
The museum owns thousands of paintings and displays the highlights helping make your visit more enjoyable and a great learning experience.
Following a renovation you can now tour the Philips Wing for a concentration of 17th-century Dutch masterpieces
Nearby is the Van Gogh Museum that displays the works of this great and troubled Dutch artist. Following a short life of impressionist art, Vincent Van Gogh shot himself at age 37 in 1890 leaving behind some 200 paintings.
Among his most noted at Sunflowers, The Bedroom, The Potato Eaters and numerous self portraits. Also on display are works that influenced Van Gogh, among them the art of Monet, Pissaro, Gauguin, Cezanne and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Within the confines of this concentratio of art museums, visitors and tourists will find the Museumplein, an outdoor square were street musicians enterain and craft booths are scattered. Both visitors and locals can enjoy the park and drink coffee at one of several cafes.
While in the area you can visit Coster Diamonds and see diamond-cutting and polishing during a half hour tour.
You will find the old Heineken Brewery nearby where you can take part in a brewery tour and view educational videos.
The Leidseplein Square offers plenty of cafes along with street artists, jugglers, accordionists and artists and about a block north is Lange Leidsedwarsstraat lined with every ethnic restaurant imaginable.
Vondelpark is one of the most popular parks with Dutch families and free concerts are offered throughout the summer.
The Amsterdam Film Museum/Theater has three 80-seat theaters in which several films per day are shown including foreign films and classics from its large archive selection.
Perhaps the most unique museum is the Woonbootmuseum or Houseboat Museum which chronicles the interesting history of sail-powered, obsolete cargo ships into their present day life as houseboats. Now some 3,000 small boats with cargo holds converted into living quarters, make water homes..
“Amsterdam Rijkmuseum” as seen from the frontage park. The museum is a big draw for tourists and locals alike who enjoy spending time viewing the exhibitions
The Van Gogh Museum
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Great-grandchild of Vincent van Gogh’s brother Theo, Willem van Gogh, poses next to a self portrait of Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh on the ground floor of the Vincent van Gogh museum on November 25, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The new presentation of the permanent collection of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) works focuses on the development of the artist and the myths surrounding Van Gogh’s suicide, illness and ear are discussed in detail for the first time at the museum. On the ground floor of the museum, visitor’s first walk through an array of the Dutch artist’s self-portraits.
US Consulate General Amsterdam Museumplein
US Consulate General Amsterdam Museumplein Dec 2013 serves American interests in the Netherlands. The 3-story building is one of many facilities.
“Leidseplein” – Besides the square itself, several streets around it, such as the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat (pictured) are named after the city of Leiden. Many shops attract visitors to the exciting nightlife.
Vondelpark – Amsterdam
Vondelpark in Amsterdam attracts plenty of nature lovers during bright sunny days. Park goers enjoy nature, walking, riding bikes and meeting friends
“EYE Filmmuseum” – The Amsterdam film museum EYE Film Institute Netherlands attracts local art lovers as well as tourists who enjoy the facility