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  • 1. EYE Film Institute Netherlands

    Arts/Performance Venue

    In an eye-popping, proto-futuristic waterfront structure designed by Viennese architects Delugan Meissl, this cutting-edge museum and archive...Read More

  • 2. Het Scheepvaartmuseum

    Oosterdok | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by Daniël Stalpaert in 1656 as an arsenal for the Admiralty of Amsterdam, this excellent example of Dutch Classicism became the new...Read More

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  • 3. Museum van Loon

    Eastern Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    Once home to one of Rembrandt's most successful students, Ferdinand Bol, this house and its twin (No. 674, next door) were built in 1672 by...Read More

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  • 4. NEMO Science Center

    Oosterdok | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1997, this copper-clad building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano (co-creator of Centre Pompidou in Paris, among many...Read More

  • 5. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

    Red Light District | Museum/Gallery

    With its elegant gray-and-white facade and spout gable—the block atop the building that looks like a funnel, which used to signify a warehouse...Read More

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  • 6. Rijksmuseum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    The famed Rijksmuseum houses the largest concentration of Dutch masterworks in the world, as well as paintings, sculpture, and objects from...Read More

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  • 7. Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Amsterdam's celebrated treasure house of modern art, the Stedelijk reopened in September 2012 following a massive refurbishment of the wedding...Read More

  • 8. Suykerhoff-hofje

    Jordaan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Suykerhoff-hofje. For a moment of peace and quiet, visit the Suykerhoff-hofje and take in its abundantly green courtyard. These houses opened...Read More

  • 9. Van Gogh Museum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1973, this remarkable light-infused building, based on a design by famed De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld, venerates the short and...Read More

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  • 10. Willet-Holthuysen Museum

    Eastern Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    Visit this house museum for a chance to imagine what it was like to live in a gracious mansion on the Herengracht in the 19th century. In 1895...Read More

  • 11. ARCAM

    Oosterdok | Information Center

    The Architecture Center Amsterdam is dedicated to the city's architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture, and hosts exhibitions,...Read More

  • 12. Beurs van Berlage

    Centrum | Building/Architectural Site

    The old stock-exchange building is revered as Amsterdam's first modern building and the country's most important piece of 20th-century architecture...Read More

  • 13. Bijbels Museum

    Western Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    Although this museum does indeed have a massive collection of Bibles—as well as exhibits with archaeological finds from the Middle East and...Read More

  • 14. Centraal Station

    Centrum | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The main train station of the Dutch capital was designed as an architectural statement by P.J.H. Cuypers. Although it has many Gothic motifs...Read More

  • 15. Claes Claeszhofje

    Jordaan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Claes Claeszhofje. The Claes Claeszhofje is actually two hofjes combined: the Zwaardvegershofje (Sword Makers' Hofje) and a three-house hofje...Read More

  • 16. De Waag

    Nieuwmarkt | Building/Architectural Site

    Built in 1488, the Waag functioned as a city gate, Sint Antoniespoort, until 1617. It would be closed at exactly 9:30 pm to keep out not only...Read More

  • 17. Haarlemmerpoort

    Building/Architectural Site

    This Neoclassical gateway was built in 1840 as an excise post to replace one of the five former city gates, which had to be demolished. It has...Read More

  • 18. Het Huis met de Hoofden

    Western Canal Ring | Building/Architectural Site

    Busts of the Greek deities of Apollo, Ceres, Mercury, Minerva, Bacchus, and Diana welcome visitors to this magnificent example of Dutch Renaissance...Read More

  • 19. Het Koninklijk Paleis

    Centrum | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    From the outside, it's a bit hard to believe that these ponderous premises were declaimed by poet and diplomat Constantijn Huygens as the "Eighth...Read More

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  • 20. Huis Marseille

    Western Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    This cutting-edge contemporary photography museum is housed in 13 exhibition rooms of a gorgeous 17th-century canal house and its neighbor....Read More

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