Museums in Holland

Considering it’s such a small country, Holland has the highest density of museums and galleries in the world. Whether you’re interested in arts, architecture, heritage, design, fashion, music or photography, Holland is filled with venues packed to the brim with treasures, all waiting to be explored.

For Holland’s most visited museums head to Amsterdam where you can do a whistle stop tour of some of the best museums in the Netherlands. If you head for the countryside though, you’re sure to find a plethora of great museums that capture Holland’s rich history and you may even find some hidden gems.

Hop on one of our car ferries to Amsterdam and you’ll be there in just a few hours. Or sail Dover to Dunkirk or Calais and head to Holland via Belgium. Then it’s simple to get around and explore this wonderful country from the comfort of your own car. You can even strap your bicycles on the back and pretend you’re a local. 

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The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the Dutch national museum and home to many masterpieces from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century. Its world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age include the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt's Night Watch, as well as several paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen. The museum also has an exceptional collection of Dutch antiquities, a vast collection of prints, drawings and classic photography.

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Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam

This historic house and museum is where the famous Dutch artist Rembrandt lived and painted. In 1658 Rembrandt was declared bankrupt and had to sell the property. A detailed inventory of his possessions was made on behalf of his creditors, which was then used to reconstruct the 17th-century interior. The museum also contains many of Rembrandt's etchings as well as paintings from his contemporaries.

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Tassenmuseum Hendrijke

Tassenmuseum Hendrijke, Amsterdam

The Tassenmuseum, or the Museum of Bags and Purses, in Amsterdam contains the biggest collection of its kind in the world. The museum is located in a 17th century patrician house on the Herengracht, Amsterdam's most prestigious canal, and feels like you’re stepping into someone’s private boudoir and catching a glimpse of their most prized possessions. The collections encompass everything from 17th century leather purses to 1920s beaded bags, as well as examples from the likes of Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

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Nederlands Openluchtmuseum

Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem

The Netherlands Open Air Museum (Nederlands Openluchtmuseum) near Arnhem, is a collection of old Dutch houses, farms and factories. It is a national museum that focuses on the everyday lives of ordinary people in Holland.

Live demonstrations of 'Appelstroop' (apple-syrup) and paper making take you back in time and offer a glimpse of what life would have been like in Holland at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Take a thought-provoking journey into World War II-era Amsterdam at Anne Frank House, where you can see the Secret Annex which hid the Jewish diarist and her family from Nazi persecution for two years. A poignant and stark reminder of the horrors which were committed during the Second World War.

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Naturalis, Leiden

Naturalis Biodiversity Center is a natural history museum and research centre, which is home to a huge collection of biological specimens, numbering over 37 million, all housed in a 60-metre tower. The museum also hosts several exhibitions, both temporary and permanent, including a mammoth skeleton, films, games and other interactive attractions that both kids and adults will be amazed by.

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