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  • 1. Amsterdam Museum

    Centrum | Museum/Gallery

    Any city that began as a boggy swamp in the 13th century and went on to become a worldwide mercantile powerhouse by the 17th is going to have...Read More

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  • 2. 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

  • 3. Westerpark

    Western Islands | Park/Playground

    Just beyond the Jordaan and across from the main canal that borders the Western Islands is one of contemporary Amsterdam's most cherished spaces...Read More

  • 4. Amsterdamse Bos

    Park/Playground

    A few miles south of the city, beyond Oud-Zuid and near Amstelveen, the largest of Amsterdam's parks covers 1,000 hectares (almost 2,500 acres...Read More

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  • 5. Artis

    Plantage | Zoo/Aquarium

    The name of this zoo, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, is short for Natura Artis Magistra (Nature is the Teacher of the Arts). Founded...Read More

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  • 6. Museum 't Kromhout

    Oosterdok | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1757 by Doede Jansen Kromhout, a carpenter, this is one of Amsterdam's oldest functioning shipyards. Almost 300 ships were built...Read More

  • 7. Sarphatipark

    De Pijp | Park/Playground

    This stunning park was built by and named after noted city benefactor Samuel Sarphati (1813–66), whose statue graces the central fountain. It...Read More

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  • 8. Tropenmuseum

    Plantage | Museum/Gallery

    The country's largest ethnographic museum was first built to educate the Dutch about their colonial history in the East and West Indies, but...Read More

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  • 9. Verzetsmuseum

    Plantage | Museum/Gallery

    From May 14, 1940, to May 5, 1945, the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany, and this museum looks at the population's response—who resisted...Read More

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  • 10. Vondelpark

    Museum District | Park/Playground

    On sunny days, Amsterdam's "green lung" is the most densely populated section of the city. Vondelpark is the place where sun is worshipped,...Read More

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  • 11. Woonbootmuseum

    Western Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    There are over 2,250 houseboats in Amsterdam (including one especially for cats—the Poezenboot [Cat Boat] sanctuary opposite Singel 38). This...Read More

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