Museum het Rembrandthuis

Top choice museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

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This evocative museum is housed in Rembrandt's former home, where the master painter spent his most successful years, painting big commissions such as The Night Watch and running the Netherlands’ largest painting studio. It wasn't to last, however: his work fell out of fashion, he had some expensive relationship problems and bankruptcy came a-knocking. The inventory drawn up when he had to leave the house is the reason that curators have been able to refurnish the house so faithfully.

You can visit Rembrandt's studio, which looks as if he's just popped out, and take part in etching workshops. Queues are not as extensive here as at some of Amsterdam's other attractions, but you may book ahead online or get free entry with the I Amsterdam Card or Museumkaart.