Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is one of Amsterdam’s must-sees. Opened in 1973 to house the collection of Vincent’s younger brother Theo, it...
Built in 1895 to a neo-Renaissance design by AM Weissman, the Stedelijk Museum is the permanent home of the National Museum of Modern...
House of Bols
An hour's self-guided tour through this jenever (Dutch gin) museum includes a confusing sniff test, a distilled history of the Bols...
Craving a tangerine-tinged gin and tonic with a side of shrimp bitterballen (small, round croquettes)? Or a glass of sparkling wine and...
This arty glass cube of a restaurant, which is full of original works by Corneille and Appel, sure is touristy. But when you're all...
Lonely Planet review
The grassy, people-filled square behind the museums entertains with its skateboard ramp, playground, ice-skating pond (in winter) and I Amsterdam sculpture (everyone’s favourite photo op). Locals toss frisbees, couples hold hands, and everyone picnics here when the weather warms up. The space is also used for public concerts and special events.
Museumplein was laid out to host the World Exhibition in 1883, but gained its lasting title only when the Rijksmuseum opened two years later. One of many facelifts raised a triangle of turf at the southern end, dubbed the 'ass's ear' for its shape; it's now a popular spot for sun worshippers. There's a large supermarket, Albert Heijn, concealed below.