Art and Design in Amsterdam

Book unique experiences offered by locals in Amsterdam.


About Art and Design in Amsterdam

If you love museums and art, Amsterdam is the city for you!

Visiting museums in Amsterdam is the one time you need to know what you feel like or want to see because there are over 60 wonderful museums to choose from.

Hands-down my favorite museum to visit, and should not be missed, the Van Gogh museum. Visiting the Van Gogh Museum is like walking through his timeline, his footsteps. You start with his old work, to his last painting he ever painted. Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter with a tragic story and who became the most influence artist of the 20th-century art.

The Rijksmuseum is another popular museum to visit and the building itself is beautiful. You are lucky if you are visiting the museum this year since its been under construction for several years. It hold the country’s largest collection of art from as early as 15th century. But everyone goes there to see Rembrandt's Night Watch painting.

The Stedelijk Musuem is a modern museum that has recently a new extension that keeps people guessing what it might resemble? A bath tab perhaps or a kitchen sink? It looks pretty cool either way. It has an incredible collection of 20th-century artist (Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse and Chagall).

Anne Frank Huis, at Prinsengracht is a special place to visit, a typical Amsterdam canal house. It was the home where eight Jewish people including the young Anne Frank hid from the Nazis for 2 years during the Second World War.

Local Customs

Bicycles are a way of life in Amsterdam. A special note to pedestrians: give way to our two-wheeled friends.

History

The beginnings of Amsterdam lie in the 13th century when it was founded as a fishing village around a dam in the Amstel River. During the late 16th century, Amsterdam found itself in the so-called Golden Age; it was one of the world's main markets. Recession hit around 1795 when the old Republic fell and Amsterdam suffered greatly. Fortunately, Amsterdam recovered and modernized. A cultural revolution occurred during the 60s and 70s and transformed this Dutch city into a major center of Europe. With it came the use of soft drugs that has come to characterize it to the rest of the world to this day.

Politics & Economy

Amsterdam is a fairly liberal and progressive city (just consider the Red Light District and the numerous Coffee Shops as an indication of this attitude). Main industries include agriculture, tourism and shipping.

Famous People

Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, MC Escher, Freddy Heineken, Rutger Hauer, Tiesto, Paul Verhoeven, Carice van Houten

Events

Koninginnedag (Queen's Day), April 30

Best Museums

Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, Anne Frank House




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