From Vincent Van Gogh to Rembrandt, the Netherlands has a cultural history as rich as any city in mainland Europe. Its place as one of the continent’s most vibrant and artistic cities is evident in the number of art galleries and cultural centres. They are just one of several reasons to pay it a visit to the Dutch capital. But if you need recommendations, here are just some of the museums and galleries we'd recommend art appreciators should check out...
EYE Film Institute
Film lovers will love visiting this institute with its collection of Dutch and English-language films and an array of posters. The museum has been open for over six decades its collection dates back to the earliest days of cinema, with some items as old as the Victorian era.
Kazimir Malevich, Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and Sheila Hicks are among the revered artists you can expect to encounter at the Stedelijk, an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The collection features art and design from the early 20th century up to the modern-day.
Holding over a million items, the Rijksmuseum gallery celebrates over 800 years of Dutch cultural history and is among the best in the world. With 22 Rembrandts – including his ''Night Watch’’ - and four Vermeers in its collection, this museum is the most extensive art gallery in the Netherlands.
This contemporary art museum is known for its edgy exhibits, recently having featured artists as varied as Warhol, Koons and Banksy. Its remit to attract younger audiences means it is the ideal trip for visitors who are unimpressed by galleries that are stuffy and pretentious.
Photography lovers need to visit this internationally acclaimed Amsterdam gallery. Photos are exhibited from across genres as wide-ranging as documentary, art and fashion.
Van Gogh Museum
A gallery dedicated to the Netherlands' most famous artistic export this museum – located close to the Stedelijk - features some of Vincent's most famous works such as 'Self-portrait (1888)', ''Sunflowers (1889)' and ''Almond Blossoms (1890)', which went unsold during the painter's own lifetime.