ARCAM Architecture Centre in the Eastern Islands area.

The curved Amsterdam Architecture Foundation, a striking waterside building designed by Dutch architect René van Zuuk, hosts changing architectural exhibitions plus Architecture Talk & Walk tours (€24.50). The tours consist of a 45-minute lecture followed by a guided two-hour walk, and run on Fridays at 1.30pm from April to October.

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1. Kadijksplein

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This tranquil square sits on the edge of 17th-century canals at the point before they widen out to the docklands. It has several laid-back cafés (pubs and…

2. Het Scheepvaartmuseum

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A waterfront 17th-century admiralty building houses this state-of-the-art presentation of maritime memorabilia. Highlights include imaginatively presented…

3. Vereniging Museumhaven

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4. Entrepotdok


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5. NEMO Science Museum

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6. Verzetsmuseum

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7. Wertheimpark

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8. Artis Royal Zoo

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