There are over 100 museums in Amsterdam from small: Cat cabinet, pipe museum, pianola museum or Alllard Pierson museum to the more famous ones like De Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Het Stedelijk Museum.
In the surrounding area of the Duif located on the Prinsengracht, are several museums like Museum van Loon, het Willet-Holthuysen museum, Foam and de Bazel.

Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6
The Van Gogh Museum from 13 of October the exhibition Van Gogh along the Seine.

Why did the artists Van Gogh, Seurat, Signac, Bernard and Angrand paint along this river close to Paris? In the 19th century, bridges and trains made it easier to visit places outside of Paris. This exhibition reveals how artists captured these changes in their artworks. (book your ticket in advance)

Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein 10
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from the 7th October the exhibition “ THIS WILL NOT END WELL” work by Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin is known as a photographer – her exploration of human experience through the lens of the camera is legendary, this retrospective exhibition is the first to comprehensively present Nan Goldin as a film-maker.

Museumstraat 1

The Rijksmuseum is always a treat, with of course the famous so called “ere gallerij” with paintings by Rembrandt, Frans Hals en Johannes Vermeer. A special exhibition from 29 September is a selection of exceptional art from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from Yayoi Kusama to Pablo Picasso. Outside on the Museum Square is a light installation from Ugo Rondinone’s Breathe, Walk, Die.

huis Marseille

Photo museums in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam are three museums specialised in photography. The most known is Foam situated at the Keizersgracht 609 with exhibitions of contemporary and traditional photography. Until 4th of November the exhibition with picture from Ara Güler “a play of light and shadow”, wonderful photography by Turkish journalist photographer.

Less known is Huis Marseille, the museum is housed in two beautiful canal houses also at the Keizersgracht 401. You wonder around from room to room, normally they have two different exhibitions at the same time.

The Third is in the impressive building de Bazel, named after the architect of the building Karel de Bazel. The exhibitions in this building are always about the history of Amsterdam. From 14th of October the exhibition “Who dances is free” which explores the most important aspects of club culture in Amsterdam from 1980 to the present. When visiting the Bazel don’t forget to go downstairs and see the impressive vault door from the time a bank was housed in this building.

Nieuwe kerk Amsterdam

De Nieuwe Kerk from 21 October the Great Indonesia exhibition.

The exhibition is about the history of the largest archipelago in the world and its inhabitants, who tell stories about the unprecedented wealth of cultures. From the heyday of the Majapahit Empire (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) to the Indonesia of today. From ancient ancestor worship and rituals to the advent of world religions.

Special events

“Lie down” concert
Canto Ostinato (2 piano’s)
Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam
Kattenburgerplein 1

In the Scheepvaartmuseum one can visit a concerts while lying down. Looking through the glass roof and seeing the stars move while the music is performed. Saturday 28th of October at 19:30 listen to the famous Canto Ostinato by composer Simeon ten Holt. A fantastic location and a hopefully spectacular starry sky, will make this a special event.
reserve tickets:

Viewing days of auction house de Zwaan
Keizersgracht 474

This year the viewing days of auction house De Zwaan will be on the same dates as  TAF. De auction house located on the Keizersgracht is a special place to visit. On the top floor you can find the tribal art section. And do remember to also stroll through the other rooms with beautiful, rare and special objects.

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam (De Looier)
Elandsgracht 109

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam is the largest indoor antique market in the Netherlands. 55 specialized antique dealers have their own stands or showcase. On a floor space of more than 1750 m2, you can find unique objects from all style periods. There are always some ethnographic pieces to find. There is also a small café where you can have lunch.

Drink and eat

Café- restaurant, De Plantage
Plantage Kerklaan 36

Cafe-restaurant De Plantage is located next to the main entrance of the Zoo, Artis. The restaurant and café are situated in a 19th-century wooden conservatory. Outside is an aviary with meadow birds from the North of Holland. At the end of the terrace one can admire the flamingo birds and listen to the cacophony of the animals in de zoo.

Zoku hotel and rooftop bar
Weesperstraat 105

This hotel has a really nice rooftop bar and restaurant, from where one can see the new Holocaust monument and the towers of the Rijksmuseum in the distance. The elevator will take you to the sixth floor and arrive at the rooftop garden and Greenhouse bar/restaurant.

Capital C
Weesperplein 4B

Capital C is situated in the former diamond exchange. It is now a space with work and meeting places for the creative sector. There is also a beautiful restaurant with contemporary art and design all around you. All the products served in the restaurant are from local producers.

outside a sculpture of Gabriel Lester

Café Krom
Utrechtsestraat 76

This typical Amsterdam ‘brown’ café is situated in the Utrechtsestraat. The café which opened in the nineteen fifties, is a perfect place to meet with friends because there is no background music .

Huis Vasari
Herengracht 366

Bar Vasari, a café and espresso bar inspired by the Italian cinema and the la dolce vita lifestyle, located in the impressive 17th century Huis Vasari on the Herengracht. It is a nice stroll along the canals from the Duif.
When the weather is nice relax in the courtyard garden, an oasis of peace in the middle of the busy city.

Brasserie Marie at Hotel L’Europe
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14

This Brasserie is situated in the five-star hotel L’Europe. It is a French-style restaurant serving dinner and lunch. You can also have a drink at the beautiful terrasse on the Amstel, overlooking the busy Muntplein. Although the weather might be too cold in October, you can enjoy a drink at the heated terrasse.

Restaurants at the Weesperzijde

Walking towards the east one will find some nice place to have diner at the Weesperzijde. Whilst walking from de Duif you first pass the impressive 5 star Amstel hotel, the first place en route to eat or have a drink. Walking further you will find De IJsbreker a large and popular restaurant. A short from distance from there you find Greek restaurant Athene, Loulou pizzabar and Bij Kees. Around the corner in de eerste Oosterparkstraat there is Italian Risto Enoteca PepeNero and Turkish restaurant Saffraan.
Restaurants in Amsterdam are often full, booking in advance is recommended

Café Schiller
Rembrandtplein 24 A

The Rembrandtplein is mainly for tourist, locals do not go there, except one place and that is café/restaurant Schiller . The café has been there for more than 100 years and has always been a place where artists meet. Schiller, the founder of the café, painted his guest and the portraits are still on the walls. When entering the café it feels like stepping back in time. The cafe opens at 4.00 pm every day.