Museum het Rembrandthuis

Top choice museum

in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands
Museum het Rembrandthius

This evocative museum is housed in Rembrandt's former home, where the master painter spent his most successful years, working on major 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 building so faithfully.

The museum owns a large collection of Rembrandt's etchings and there is a small selection of these on display in the Print Room. You can also watch an etching demonstration and visit Rembrandt's studio, which looks as if he's just popped out. 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 City Card or Museumkaart.