Top 10 Museums in Holland

Rembrandt, van Gogh, Mondrian or de Kooning? Dutch artists are famous world wide. Our selection of top museums in Holland introduces you not only to Dutch paintings, but also to military and historical exhibitions.

Stedelijk Museum

Located in Museumplein in Amsterdam, it houses over 90,000 objects of modern art and design. It is said that this museum can be compared with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It showcases works of Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Andy Warhol, Piet Mondriaan among others. 

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The city of Rotterdam boasts of this vast and eclectic museum that showcases works from prominent Dutch and Flemish painters. The diverse collection of over 140,000 artwork spans centuries of great visual art, starting from the Dutch Golden Age right up to contemporary works. The museum opened in 1849 and has since become one of the most popular attractions in the country, receiving over 240,000 visitors every year. Some of the best known artists in the permanent exhibition include Claude Monet, Pieter Brugel the Elder, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, Hieronymus Bosch, Magritte and Wassily Kandinsky.  Aside from the permanent display there is also a number of exhibitions in the program that is constantly updated. There is also a nearby Museumpark or the sculpture garden where visitors can take a leisurely stroll or just red under the shady trees.

Museum Het Catharijneconvent

Located in a 15th century monastery in Lange Nieuwstraat 38 in Utrecht, the St. Catherine’s Convent museum is a repository of medieval religious art. With over 60,000 objects on display, the museum traces the history of Christianity in Holland. Many items have been sourced from the collection of the Archiepiscopal Museum, the Episcopal Museum in Haarlem and the Catholic Museum in Utrecht. The 2006 Michelin Guide for European Cities has given this landmark museum three stars and was given a special recommendation by the jury of the European Museum Forum in 2008.

Rijksmuseum

The State Museum in Museumplein in Amsterdam is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. The museum which was founded in the 1800s features an extensive collection of masterpieces from the Dutch Masters, the largest art history research library in the country, and the largest Print Room. Visitors can enjoy the permanent displays of paintings such as Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, The Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Deyman, and The Jewish Bride, Vermeer’s paintings of The Milkmaid, The Little Street and Frans Hals’ masterpieces such as the Portrait of a Young Couple, The Jolly Drinker and Portrait of a Man, just to name a few. Aside from all these, the Rijksmuseum also has a well-represented Asian Arts department, sculpture and decorative arts in various forms of medium.

Het Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum)

Situated in the Plantage district in Amsterdam is acknowledged as the “Best Historical Museum of the Netherlands.” The permanent exhibit of the museum recreates life during the Nazi occupation of Holland, the persecution of the Jews and the resistance of the people against the severe oppression. An extensive range of memorabilia from the period help simulate the environment in Amsterdam and Netherlands during the time of war.

Van Gogh Museum

One of the most visited museums in the Netherlands is the home of some of the best and important works of Vincent van Gogh. Located at the Museumplein in Amsterdam, it receives an average of 1.5 million visitors annually. The permanent display showcases over 200 paintings and 500 drawings by this Dutch master. The museum also houses works of other 19th century impressionist and post-impressionist painters such as Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet and Maurice Denis.

Anne Frank House

The third most popular museum in Amsterdam, The Anne Frank Museum (or the Anne Frank’s Secret Annex) draws over 1 million visitors per year. This small museum can be found at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. It was the secret hiding place of Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, and it was here where she wrote her diary chronicling their life inside the secret annex and her hopes for the future. The small museum features photographs, personal memorabilia of the family and historical documents from the period.

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Located in Stadhouderslaan 41 at The Hague, it is one of the largest museums for modern and contemporary art. It is known for having the largest collection of works by Piet Modriaan. As well, it showcases other German expressionist pieces and works of Picasso, Kandinsky, Toorop, Willink and Karel Appel. The Gemeentemuseum also houses one of the world’s leading collection of fashion objects, both historical and contemporary.

Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis

A popular crowd-drawer for housing the world-renowned “Girl with a Pearl Earring” painted by Dutch master Vermeer, the Mauritshuis is a 17th century palace converted into a museum. It is located in Korte Vijverberg 8 at The Hague. Aside from its magnificent architecture, the museum continually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors for its unique royal collections of paintings.

Centraal Museum Utrecht

Opened in the 17th century, it stands as the earliest municipal museum of Holland. It houses the largest collection of Rietveld designs in the world aside from a large collection of modern art, fashion, and applied art. 

Fotolia_21053184_S.jpg