Amsterdam is home to some of the world’s most revered art, from the classics to the more contemporary. Some of the world’s greatest artists were born in, and influenced by, Amsterdam. The art produced in this city has inspired legions of artists and art lovers for generations, drawing visitors from all over the world who come to bask in the city's artistic heritage. Iconic original pieces by masters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer can be admired here, while avant-garde, experimental and modern works from the 20th and 21st centuries are not in short supply either.
Amsterdam's top art landmarks
A perfect starting point for an Amsterdam art tour is the Van Gogh Museum, one of the best-known and most significant collections in the world, let alone the city. The tragic story of this one-eared, self-taught maestro is even taught in primary schools the world over, so the chance to glimpse some of the most priceless paintings in the world is a treat for seasoned experts and casual visitors alike.
The largest collection in the city is located in the Rijksmuseum. An enormous space is filled with hundreds of artefacts and famous works from across the ages. You can while away hours here marvelling at a thousand years of art history from the Netherlands and beyond.
More contemporary classics
If you’re a fan of photography, be sure to swing by Foam. Located in a renovated canal house, Foam features regular exhibitions from local photographers and showcases a variety of Dutch and universal themes. The Stedelijk Museum is worth visiting for its architecture alone. Housed in what looks like a giant bath, this museum is the go-to place for contemporary art. It houses popular works by Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein and Matisse.
Amsterdam’s art scene is diverse and expansive, so dive in and see what you discover.