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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. Anne Frankhuis

    Western Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    In the pages of The Diary of Anne Frank (published posthumously in 1947 by her father as The Annex —the title she had chosen) the young Anne...Read More

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  • 3. EYE Film Institute Netherlands

    Amsterdam-Noord | 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

  • 4. Hermitage Amsterdam

    Plantage | Museum/Gallery

    Taking advantage of 300 years of historical links between Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, the directors of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg...Read More

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  • 5. 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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  • 6. Museum het Rembrandthuis

    Nieuwmarkt | Museum/Gallery

    This is the house that Rembrandt, flush with success, bought for 13,000 guilders (a princely sum) in 1639, and where he lived and worked until...Read More

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  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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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  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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

  • 14. Allard Pierson Museum

    Nieuwmarkt | Museum/Gallery

    Once the repository of the nation's gold supply, this former National Bank with its stern Neoclassical facade is now home to archaeological...Read More

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  • 15. Amsterdam Pipe Museum

    Western Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    Amsterdam has a rich history of tobacco trading and smoking, and this quirky museum has an enormous collection of items. There are nearly 30...Read More

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  • 16. 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

  • 17. Cobra Museum of Art

    Leidseplein | Museum/Gallery

    Just south of Amsterdam, in the town of Amstelveen, this wonderful museum is worth a detour. Hundreds of the avant-garde CoBrA movement's artworks...Read More

  • 18. De Nieuwe Kerk

    Centrum | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    De Nieuwe Kerk (The New Church), which celebrated its 600th birthday in 2010, is a soaring late-Gothic structure whose tower was never completed...Read More

  • 19. FOAM

    Eastern Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    The Netherlands' most popular photography museum (200,000 visitors a year, and counting) hosts large-scale international photography exhibitions...Read More

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  • 20. Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

    Red Light District | Museum/Gallery

    You might think that more effort could have gone into the name of this institution—lateral thinking being one of the positive effects of its...Read More

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