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Choosing from over 700 museums in the Netherlands can be overwhelming.

Your ultimate guide to the 30+ best museums in The Netherlands, highlighting must-see art and historical sites

This guide distills it down to the best 30+, highlighting the best in Dutch art, history, and culture. Crafted for ease and insight, each museum is briefly reviewed to aid your choice.

Explore these must-visit museums, organized by city, for a memorable cultural experience in The Netherlands.

The 30+ Best Museums In The Netherlands

I described the 30+ best Dutch museums below to help you decide which museum to visit. The museums are arranged alphabetically according to the cities in which they are located.

Many museums need pre-booked reservations, including a specific entry date and time

1. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is the largest and most prestigious museum in The Netherlands, making it the National Museum for an excellent reason.

The Rijksmuseum has, by far, the most extensive and impressive collection in The Netherlands of eight centuries of art in our country. The National Museum exhibits many well-known paintings by famous Dutch artists.

You can spend days in the Rijksmuseum exploring various artworks. Alternatively, you might focus on top pieces, like the “Nachtwacht” by Rembrandt van Rijn, the Netherlands’ most famous painting. Additionally, the museum also displays Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Van Gogh’s paintings.

However, you can also admire many other (8000) excellent art pieces, including a beautiful collection of Delft Blue pottery. So, if you only have a few days to spend in Amsterdam, do yourself a favor and visit this museum.

Purchase Rijksmuseum admission tickets (with timeslots) online.

2. Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam

Vincent van Gogh remains one of the most famous Dutch painters ever.

Van Gogh painted 900 paintings and 1100 drawings in barely ten years. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam exhibits 200 of his paintings and 500 of his pencil drawings.

His masterpieces like Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, The Potato Eaters, and many of his early self-portraits are among these paintings.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is fascinating, offering an insightful overview of Vincent’s personal and artistic growth.

Additionally, the museum’s permanent collection features works by Van Gogh’s 19th-century contemporaries, including Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Monet.

The Van Gogh Museum offers impressive virtual tour videos, which I recommend for those unable to visit Amsterdam. If possible, also consider visiting the museum in person.

Purchase your Van Gogh Museum tickets online.

Anne Frank House, view from across the Prinsengracht
Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

3. Amsterdam, Anne Frank House

Address: Westermarkt 20, 1016 DK Amsterdam

Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in the Anne Frank House during the Second World War. Walking through the famous door into the annex was humbling, especially seeing its small size. Anne and her family hid in this tiny house for years and had to stay silent to avoid detection and deportation to the concentration camps.

The Anne Frank House is a homage to this brave little girl and the Jews who perished in the Nazi concentration camps. Anne’s story humanizes this tragic period in European history, reminding us of our shared humanity. I highly recommend visiting this beautiful museum, even though it may be heartbreaking.

Anne Frank was only 13 when she went into hiding in 1942. This makes the Anne Frank House particularly impactful for children, as they can relate to someone their age facing such hardships.

Watch the “Tour of the Secret Annex of Anne Frank” YouTube video for a vivid impression of their hiding place.

Purchase admission tickets (with timeslots) for the Anne Frank House online.

4. Amsterdam, National Maritime Museum

Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam

The National Maritime Museum in the center of Amsterdam won the 2022 Best Museum in The Netherlands award and is indeed one of the most impressive museums in The Netherlands.

The location of the National Maritime Museum is fantastic because it lies in the Museum Harbor, a 15-minute walk from Amsterdam’s central railway station.

The beautiful Museum building was built in 1656 en served for centuries as a warehouse of the Admiralty of Amsterdam. Inside you will find an impressive overview of the maritime history of the Netherlands as a seafaring nation.

The inside of the museum is lovely, but the museum’s highlight is a replica of a 17th-century sailing ship, the Amsterdam. This will give you an excellent impression of what life aboard meant for the crew in those days.

The main hall of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam
The main hall of the Royal Palace in the center of Amsterdam

5. Amsterdam, Royal Palace

Address: Dam 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam

The Royal Palace in The Netherlands, impressive as a museum, is usually open to visitors. However, it closes during royal events, as the Dutch Royal House uses it for state and official events.

The Royal Palace sits on the original Amstel River dam, which inspired Amsterdam’s name. Initially, it was Amsterdam’s town hall, built in the 17th Century. Architect Jan van Campen designed the Palace to showcase Amsterdam’s 17th-century power and wealth. This design has made it one of the country’s most famous monuments.

Visiting the Palace offers a glimpse into Amsterdam’s immense wealth during the 17th Century, the Golden Age of The Netherlands. The grandeur of this period is evident in the Citizen’s Hall and its marble galleries. Artworks by notable artists, including Rembrandt’s students Govert Flinck and Ferdinand Bol, depict Amsterdam as the center of the universe then.

Though the exterior may seem plain, the Palace’s magnificent interior is a highlight of Amsterdam, making it a must-visit location.

6. Amsterdam, Rembrandt House

Address: Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam

Rembrandt was born and raised in Leiden but moved to Amsterdam at 25. If you want to know more about Rembrandt’s background in Leiden, you can read this article to discover Rembrandt’s inspiration in his birthplace Leiden.

The Rembrandt House Museum is located where Rembrandt van Rijn lived in Amsterdam for over 20 years. He produced many of his masterpieces in this house. The museum intends to show Rembrandt’s human side and helps you understand how he lived and worked. If you want to admire his work, you can visit the Rijksmuseum to admire his famous masterpieces.

If you want to understand Rembrandt better as a human person, there is no better place to get to know the artist and his working methods and sources of inspiration than in the Rembrandthuis. Here you can see where he lived, where he made his most famous work, and experience what it was like to be in his studio.

7. Amsterdam, Upside Down Museum

Although named ‘The Upside Down Museum’, it functions differently from a traditional museum. However, it is featured in this list as it’s a favorite attraction in Amsterdam.

The museum features more than 25 rooms, each uniquely decorated to reflect the vibrant ‘New Dutch’ theme. This theme highlights the Netherlands’ rich culture, lively entertainment, and creative spirit, all infused with humor and quirkiness.

You can take the funniest photos and videos for your social media here or enjoy the experience. The Upside Down Museum is highly recommended for rainy days, especially for kids.

Note that the museum is located some distance away from Amsterdam’s center. The nearest railway station is the Amsterdam RAI station, a few minutes’ walk away.

Purchase Upside Down Museum tickets online in advance because they rapidly sell out.

8. Apeldoorn, ‘t Loo Palace

Address: Koninklijk Park 1, 7315 JA Apeldoorn

Palace Museum ‘t Loo was a palace of the House of Orange and was actively used by its members for over 300 years. The furnished rooms and halls show how the Oranges lived and worked here. Members of the House of Orange used the palace until 1975, when it became a museum.

After years of renovation, the museum reopened in April 2022 and is now more authentic than ever. The rooms of the members of the Orange family have all been restored to the style of the time. So, for example, the imposing rooms of King Stadtholder William III and Mary Stuart, who had the palace built in 1685, have been restored to their full glory. In another part of the palace, however, you can also find the austere study of Queen Wilhelmina.

The gardens of ‘t Loo Palace Museum are stunning and worth a visit. These gardens are laid out symmetrically after 17th-century examples and are unique in the Netherlands. The gardens are among the most beautiful in the Netherlands and worth visiting.

You can find more information about this museum and purchase tickets online here.

The gardens of ‘t Loo Palace Museum are stunning and worth a visit

9. Arnhem, Open Air Museum

Address: Hoeferlaan 4, 6816 SG Arnhem

In the Open Air Museum, you will find about 100 historic buildings from over the Netherlands. There are buildings, farms, and mills, and it is possible to look inside them. You can relive the past and history in the Open Air Museum. As a result, you will understand how living in The Netherlands used to be.

There will be activities and demonstrations of old crafts throughout the day and in the park. I enjoyed seeing a blacksmith at work because that was a spectacular sight.

You can find more information about the Open Air Museum and purchase tickets online.

The front side of the Drents Museum in Assen
Assen, Drents Museum

10. Assen, Drents Museum

Address: Brink 1, 9400 AC Assen

The Drents Museum is in the center of Assen in a beautiful building previously used as the Province of Drenthe’s office. The building originates from the late 19th Century, which provides a fitting atmosphere for this museum. You can find plenty of nice bars and restaurants within walking distance of this museum, but they have a nice restaurant with an equally lovely atmosphere.

The Drents Museum focuses on several areas. First, the ‘History of Drenthe’ collection illustrates the culture of ordinary men and women living in Drenthe between 1750 – and 1950. Next, the Art 1885-1935 exhibition is one of the Netherlands’ top five collections for this period. Finally, the ‘Contemporary Realism’ collection is one of the most significant in this area in the Netherlands.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

11. Delft, Prinsenhof

Address: Sint Agathaplein 1, 2611 HR Delft

Prinsenhof is a beautiful museum located centrally in Delft, where one of the most important events in Dutch history happened. On July 10th, 1984, Prince William of Orange was murdered here by Balthasar Gerards. Balthasar Gerard’s bullet hit Prince William of Orange in his chest, and he died later of his injuries. The bullet hole can still be seen in the wall today.

The Prinsenhof Museum has much more to offer regarding historical value than a single bullet hole. You can also learn more about famous people from Delft, such as the painter Johannes Vermeer and the scientists Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and Hugo De Groot, who were all world-famous in their days.

Up-to-date information about opening hours and exhibitions in The Prinsenhof Museum can be found on their website.

12. Delft, Vermeer Center

Address: Voldersgracht 21, 2611 EV Delft

The Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer lived from 1632 to 1675 and lived and worked his entire life in Delft. Vermeer mainly painted interiors, which were composed almost mathematically. Because of his desire for perfection and his death at a relatively young age, Vermeer’s work resulted in an oeuvre of only 37 paintings. Of these 37 paintings, only two were non-interior paintings, and “View on Delft” is one of his masterpieces.

The Vermeer Center in Delft explains the life and work of this famous painter in much more detail. You can see reproductions of all his paintings with extensive explanations of why Vermeer made some choices. In addition, you will learn why and how the maestro played with light. The Vermeer Center is not a classical museum, but very interesting if you want to understand this famous painter in more detail.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

The painter Johannes Vermeer lived next to the present-day Vermeer Center

The Mauritshuis in The Hague; adjacent to the Parliament
The Mauritshuis in The Hague

13. Den Haag, The Mauritshuis

Address: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag

The Mauritshuis in The Hague is my favorite museum in The Netherlands, described in another post.

The Mauritshuis in the center of The Hague is a unique museum in The Netherlands because of its unbelievable collection of absolute masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish painters of the 17th Century. No other museum in The Netherlands has such a high concentration of world-renowned paintings.

World-renowned paintings such as Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Potter’s The Bull are well-known highlights of its collection. Add to this the best work of Jan Steen, the magnificent landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, and fabulous portraits of Rubens, and you may start to understand my enthusiasm for the Mauritshuis.

The Mauritshuis is unique since it has gorgeous silk walls, sparkling chandeliers, and monumental painted ceilings. The location of the Mauritshuis is also fantastic, adjacent to the Dutch Parliament and government premises. 

You can find more information about the museum or purchase tickets online.

14. Den Haag, Kunstmuseum

Address: Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag

The Kunstmuseum Den Haag (Art Museum of The Hague, previously called the City Museum of The Hague) is located in a fantastic Art Deco building, designed and built by one of our most famous architects HP Berlage. This beautiful building is a very suitable environment to showcase its vast collection and is a piece of art in itself.

The Art Museum in The Hague possesses the most extensive collection of paintings of the famous painter Mondriaan, a native of The Hague. This collection shows the artist’s evolution from his early figurative work to his final abstract masterpiece, Victory Boogie Woogie. It costs a small fortune, but it is worth every penny.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

15. Den Haag, Panorama Mesdag

Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag

It is rare when a museum centers around one piece of art, albeit the largest painting in the world. The artwork in question is a panorama of Scheveningen at the end of the 19th Century.

This panorama is a cylindrical painting, more than 14 meters high and 120 meters in circumference, and painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. You can view the painting from the inside. The cylindrical perspective creates the illusion that the viewer is on a high dune overlooking the sea, beaches, and Scheveningen village in the late 19th Century. A foreground of fake terrain around the viewing gallery hides the painting’s base and makes the illusion more convincing.

Visiting Panorama Mesdag is a fantastic experience, especially if you realize its enormity since Mesdag painted this artwork almost 150 years ago. So if you visit The Hague, do yourself a favor and visit this museum because it is an experience you will not forget.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here. On this website, you can also watch a video to get a first impression of the Panorama Mesdag.

16. Den Haag, Escher In The Palace

Address: Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH Den Haag

Escher was an imaginative Dutch artist, born at the end of the 19th Century, who made mathematically inspired drawings.

His most famous work features impossible objects because of his mathematical drawing techniques. It is a very peculiar art form, and I must admit that I love his work.

The Escher museum is located in a former Palace of Queen-Mother Emma of The Netherlands at the Lange Voorhout in The Hague.

The royal ambiance of the Palace has been maintained, which makes this building a very suitable housing for the fantastic work of Escher.

In the museum itself, you can watch an incredibly interesting film about the life and work of Escher, which is fortunately also available on the internet

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

17. Enkhuizen, Zuiderzee Museum

Address: Wierdijk 12 – 22, 1601 LA Enkhuizen

In the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, you can experience how life once was for those living on the shores of the former Zuiderzee. The Zuiderzee Museum has an outdoor and an indoor part.

The outdoor museum is a village with over 140 historic buildings in the former Zuiderzee region. Walk along the cobbled streets of this charming village and experience the smell and sounds of a fishermen’s village.

Hopefully, this village will allow you to understand the importance of the sea to the Netherlands. The sea provided a livelihood for many but also took many lives. That is why the Delta and Zuiderzee works are essential for The Netherlands.

In the indoor part of the museum, the art, culture, and heritage of the Zuiderzee region are exhibited.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

The building of the Groninger Museum itself is already a work of art

18. Groningen, Groninger Museum

Address: Museumeiland 1, 9711 ME Groningen

The building of the Groninger Museum itself is already a work of art. The museum’s post-modern architecture starkly contrasts the classical neo-gothic and neo-renaissance architecture of the train station next to it.

The museum lies in the middle of a canal surrounding Groningen’s wonderful and vibrant historical center. This architecture is an excellent example of how Groningen’s development and progression have not stopped.

The museum focuses on modern and contemporary art. The Groninger Museum aims to surprise on the inside as much as it surprises on the outside. The exhibition about David Bowie was an excellent and successful example of this ambition.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

19. Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum

Address: Groot Heiligland 62, 2011 ES Haarlem

Frans Hals was a Dutch painter in the 17th Century famous for portraiture. Some consider his portraits to be even better than Rembrandt’s. Frans Hals painted portraits of Haarlem’s wealthy merchants and the village idiot. Frans Hals is known for his loose painterly brushwork and introduced this painting style into Dutch art.

Frans Hals was also important in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture. Frans Hals lived almost his entire life in Haarlem, and the Frans Hals museum in the charming medieval city of Haarlem is a beautiful homage to his life and work.

The museum itself has recently been split into two locations. The paintings of Frans Hals himself are exhibited in the building of the “Oude Mannenhuis.” Suppose you are interested in contemporary and modern art inspired by Frans Hals and his portraits. In that case, there is now a second location within walking distance, allowing you to discover the charming medieval center of Haarlem.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

Castle de Haar is the most beautiful building in The Netherlands

20. Haarzuilens, Castle De Haar

Address: Kasteellaan 1, 3455 RR Haarzuilens

Castle de Haar Museum, nestled in the quaint village of Haarzuilens, The Netherlands, is not just a historical marvel but also recently acclaimed as the most beautiful building in the country by the Dutch.

This enchanting castle, with its fairy-tale turrets and opulent gardens, dates back to the 13th century, boasting a rich history and a lavish 19th-century restoration by architect P.J.H. Cuypers.

As visitors explore Castle de Haar, they’re transported into a world of aristocratic luxury. The museum showcases exquisite art, antiques, and restored rooms that exemplify European grandeur.

The surrounding English landscape-style park and gardens offer a serene backdrop, making it a must-visit for anyone interested in architecture, history, and natural beauty.

21. Leiden, Naturalis

Address: Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR Leiden

Naturalis is a museum dedicated to a century-old tradition of studying biodiversity at the University of Leiden. The botanical gardens in Leiden were founded at the end of the 16th Century. The first cultivation of tulips in these gardens was the beginning of a deep interest in studying biodiversity in Leiden.

Naturalis is a museum that offers a combination of seeing and doing to experience the beauty and richness of nature. It has a collection of 42 million plants, animals, fossils, and rocks. The models of dinosaurs are eyecatchers and are loved by the children.

You can check their website for more information.

Naturalis is a museum that offers a combination of seeing and doing to experience the beauty and richness of nature

22. Leiden, Volkenkunde Museum

Address: Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden

Museum of Ethnology in Leiden

The National Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden is dedicated to various cultures and peoples who live worldwide.

This museum’s origins can be traced back to the exploration of the globe by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries. This museum exhibits many of the treasures they brought back from their travels.

The underlying message of this museum is that the people who live in other parts of the world are just like us and, above all, human. Everyone is equal is the implicit message that this museum gives.

That message always resonates very well in an egalitarian society like The Netherlands.

Visit their website to find more information about this museum.

23. Maastricht, Bonnefanten Museum

Address: Avenue Ceramique 250, 6221 KX Maastricht

The Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht is a collection of old and contemporary art. The museum is housed in a prominent modern building overlooking the river Maas on the other side of the city center. You can’t miss it.

The museum has an exciting collection of Italian paintings from the 14th Century and Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Bonnefanten Museum also has an extensive collection of Medieval sculptures. The other half of the museum consists of contemporary art.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

24. Oosterbeek, Airborne Museum

Address: Utrechtseweg 232, 6862 AZ Oosterbeek

The Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek is located in the British paratroopers’ former headquarters during the Battle of Arnhem. During the battle, it was the scene of ferocious fighting. In an earlier post, I described what can still be found back of the Battle of Arnhem. Villa Hartenstein has been renovated, and the scars of the fighting are not visible anymore.

The Airborne Museum has become a magnificent monument to the heroism and gallantry of the British paratroopers. It recently opened an extension in its cellars in which you can relive what the paratroopers had to endure. I highly recommend a visit to this museum.

You can find their website here.

The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterloo owns the second-largest van Gogh collection globally

25. Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum

Address: Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo

The Kröller-Müller Museum is located in a beautiful National Park, the Hoge Veluwe, a gorgeous place for a museum.

The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterloo owns the second-largest van Gogh collection globally, with almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings of van Gogh. The Kröller-Müller Museum also exhibits wonderful paintings by Piet Mondriaan and Claude Monet.

Helene Kröller-Müller bought these paintings and drawings at the beginning of the 20th Century. Vincent van Gogh’s intense paintings appealed to her enormously. She recognized Vincent’s quest and spirituality and regarded him as an advocate of a new kind of art.

Ms. Kröller-Müller also collected sculptures, and more than 160 of these sculptures are exhibited in a lovely garden around the Kröller-Müller museum.

26. Overloon, War Museum

Address: Museumpark 1, 5825 AM Overloon

The Allies had to find another route into Germany in 1944 after losing the Arnhem battle. The Allied armored forces went east to force an entry into Germany.

The resulting battle was extraordinarily fierce, lasting from September 26th to October 14th. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives during this battle.

The museum was founded in 1946 to honor those fallen during this battle. The theme of the museum is war belongs in a museum. You will find an extensive collection of more than 150 army vehicles used in combat during World War II.

Other parts of the museum focus on life in The Netherlands under the German occupation and the resistance’s role during the war. The War Museum provides a chilling experience. It helps you to remain aware that war should stay in a museum.

27. Rotterdam, Maritime Museum

Address: Leuvehaven 1, 3011 EA Rotterdam

Rotterdam is one of the world’s biggest harbors, so there is no better place in The Netherlands than Rotterdam for a maritime museum. The museum is in an old city port close to the center. So you will not get a more authentic setup for a naval museum than this one in Rotterdam.

The museum’s collection tells the story of the maritime history of the Netherlands and the enormous influence of the sea on our daily lives. The information about the struggle against the water is the Netherlands’ story throughout the centuries. The Netherlands’ story is how we have interacted with the sea over the centuries, and this museum tells this story very well.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

28. Utrecht, Rietveld Schröder House

Address: Prins Hendriklaan 50, 3583 EP Utrecht

The Rietveld Schröder House is a magnificent house in Utrecht, built in 1924 by the Dutch architect Rietveld for Mrs. Schröder. The Rietveld-Schröder House is one of the Netherlands’ twelve UNESCO World Heritage sites.

When the Rietveld Schröder House was built in 1924, the house stood at the city’s edge, and the view over the surrounding countryside was magnificent. The Rietveld Schröder House is one of the highlights of the De Stijl group in architecture. The influence of this building on architecture has endured to this day and age.

The house’s design is characterized by fluent transitions between the inside and outside and clean horizontal and vertical lines. The use of primary colors, white, grey, and black, is also characteristic of this architectural style and the Rietveld Schröder House.

The interior and furniture are an integral part of the building, and the Rietveld Chair exposed in the building is perhaps as famous as the building itself. This chair symbolizes De Stijl – the epitome of functionality- consisting of only 15 slats and two rectangular panels.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

29. Utrecht, National Railway Museum

Address: Maliebaanstation 16, 3581 XW Utrecht

The National Railway Museum) has an extensive collection of locomotives, train carriages, steam engines, scale models, paintings of trains, railway materials, and objects.

The Railway Museum has a fantastic location in Utrecht, the former Maliebaan railway station, built in 1874. This railway station is completely restored. You’ll find a richly painted vestibule with chandeliers, waiting rooms, a luxurious dining room, and even toilets in the 19th-century atmosphere.

You can get to the museum in style by train! From Utrecht CS, the museum train will take you to the museum and get you off the train inside the museum.

A very original (and handy) way to start a trip through the museum; the children will love it. The Railway Station is one of the best museums in The Netherlands for children.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase Railway Museum admission tickets online.

Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar on a sunny day
Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar

30. Wassenaar, Museum Voorlinden

Address: Buurtweg 90, 2244 AG Wassenaar

Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar is a relatively new museum that opened in 2016. This modern and contemporary art museum is an initiative of collector and businessman Joop van Caldenborgh.

Museum Voorlinden is situated in a lovely garden, a piece of art in itself. The museum and garden are surrounded by a centuries-old estate of 40 hectares with delightful ponds, forests, meadows, and dunes.

The garden around the museum Voorlinden is magnificent and designed by the renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf. Lawns and grassy hills surround the sea of flowers. The gardens are visible from inside the museum to combine the experience of art, architecture, and nature.

Museum Voorlinden wants to be an oasis of tranquillity in the hectic city where people can come to be surprised. The combined experience of art, nature, and architecture is the unique aspect of the Museum Voorlinden.

You can find more information about this museum or purchase tickets online here.

31. Zaandam: Zaanse Schans Museum

Address: Zaanse Schans, Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam

The Zaanse Schans Museum located a short distance from Amsterdam, is one of the most popular day trips for foreign visitors in the Dutch capital.

Situated in Zaandam, it’s easily accessible by train, making it a convenient excursion. Visitors can take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans Station, and from there, it’s just a short walk to the museum.

This open-air museum offers a fascinating glimpse into Dutch history and traditions, with historic windmills, houses, and craft workshops lining the banks of the Zaan River.

It’s an immersive experience that showcases traditional Dutch life, including cheese making and wooden shoe carving, making it a must-visit attraction for those exploring Amsterdam and its surrounding areas.


Ticket Prices of 30 Best Dutch Museums

City Museum Tickets (2024)
AmsterdamRijksmuseum€ 22,50
Amsterdamvan Gogh museum€ 22,00
AmsterdamAnne Frank House€ 23,00
AmsterdamMaritime Museum € 18,50
AmsterdamRoyal Palace€ 12,50
AmsterdamRembrandt House€ 19,50
Apeldoorn‘t Loo palace€ 19,50
Arnhem Open Air museum€ 21,00
AssenDrents museum€ 15,00
DelftPrinsenhof museum€ 14,00
DelftVermeer Center€ 12,00
Den BoschJeroen Bosch Center€ 10,00
Den HaagMauritshuis museum€ 19,50
Den HaagKunstmuseum€ 19,00
Den HaagPanorama Mesdag€ 16,00
HaagEscher in the Palace€ 12,50
EnkhuizenZuiderzee museum€ 19,50
GroningenGroninger museum€ 25,00
HaarlemFrans Hals museum€ 17,50
HaarzuilenCastle de Haar€ 19,00
LeidenNaturalis € 17,00
LeidenMuseum van Volkenkunde€ 16,00
MaastrichtBonnefanten museum€ 17,50
OosterbeekAirborne museum€ 9,90
OtterloKröller-Müller museum€ 13,00
OverloonWar museum€ 25,00
RotterdamMaritime museum € 17,50
UtrechtRietveld Schröder house€ 19,00
UtrechtRailway museum€ 17,50
WassenaarVoorlinde museum€ 19,50

Map Of The 30 Best Museums In The Netherlands

I made a map with the locations of the 30 most interesting museums in The Netherlands (see above).

Click in the top right corner to enlarge the map. If you click on the number of a museum on the map, you will find a link to the English website of this museum.

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Pim Tijburg
Pim has lived his entire life in The Netherlands and he enjoys writing this blog about his home country. His mission is to make you like The Netherlands as much as he does.