Museum Quarter Amsterdam, 10 things you really want to see and do

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10 Things To Do in the Museum Quarter Amsterdam

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The Museum Quarter Amsterdam is home to a great variety of luxury brands and designer labels, besides that it is also home to the biggest museums in the city. In the PC Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat you’ll find exclusive fashion, jewelry and shoe shops. And don´t forget about the Museum Square, that area is home to world famous museums such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and The Royal Concertgebouw. This is also the place where you can take a picture with the world-famous IAmsterdam letters.

A day in the Museum Quarter Amsterdam




Start the day off by exploring the beautiful Vondelpark, only a short walk from the Museum Square. This park is famous in Amsterdam, year round you can find runners and other outdoor enthusiasts working out in this green oasis. And as soon as the first sun rays hit the city in spring or summer, locals flock to the park to enjoy the sun with a BBQ, picknick or with a good bottle of wine. Don´t forget to bring something to sit on, relaxing in this park is mostly done in the grass! Besides that the Vondelpark has an open air theater that is mostly used in summer and you can go to the Blauwe Theehuis or Vondelpark3 for a drink and a quick bite.


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After a stroll through the park you can check out the P.C. Hooftstraat, this is the most luxurious shopping street in the city. Here you can shop till you drop at all the  famous designer shops. After that you follow the impressive Van Baerlestraat to the Museum Square, along this street you find beautiful shops, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a small break. Don’t forget to pop into the Conservatorium hotel, here they have a fantastic lobby with a bar, restaurant and some great shops for jewelry and skincare. After that you can be on your way to one of the big three museums in the city. Buy your tickets on beforehand if you can, the lines can be very long sometimes! Go to our ticket shop.


This is just one example of a great day in the Museum Quarter… To make planning your day in this part of town a bit easier we have carefully selected our top 10 of Things to do in the Museum Quarter. Take a stroll from one hot-spot to another and discover all this beautiful part of town has to offer.

10 Things to do in the Museum Quarter Amsterdam


Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of pieces by Vincent van Gogh in the world. The work of the post-Impressionist Dutch artist, Van Gogh, heavily influenced 20th-century art to make him one of the most famous artists from The Netherlands. In total, the permanent collection of the museum includes 200 paintings, 500 drawings …

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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam


The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s grandest and most popular museums. Its vast collection showcases iconic art and a wide variety of artifacts that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch and global history, including jaw dropping paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and countless more Dutch greats. As well as being …

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is a must see. It is the biggest museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. Come and see iconic works by Appel, Chagall, Dumas, De Kooning, Koons, Malevich, Matisse, Mondriaan, Picasso, Rietveld, Warhol and many others. The Stedelijk Museum is the place where everyone can discover …

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Cobra Café

This illustrious café, named after the avant-garde movement from the early 50s, has the best and most inspiring view of Museum Square. Enjoy a warm drink (A Cobra Café – with a dash of Frangelico?) on the winter terrace, close to the city’s temporary ice skating rink. Alternatively, you can stop in for breakfast or …

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World famous because of its highly regarded acoustics, Queen Beatrix bestowed the royal title ‘Koninklijk’ upon the building on occasion of its 125th anniversary in April 2013.The Royal Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concerts halls in the world. The grand classical building, a masterpiece of Dutch nineteenthcentury architecture, is home to the Royal …

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House of Bols

The House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience on Amsterdam’s Museumplein is an unforgettable adventure in the glamorous world of cocktails, liqueurs and genever. House of Bols offers visitors a truly unique cocktail experience. At the venue, which is close to Museumsplein, you can learn everything there is to know about making cocktails and bartending. …

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Gassan Boutique

Gassan is probably the most famous Dutch jewelry and watch shop around. The owners, entrepreneur family Leeser, have their head office a couple of blocks from Waterlooplein. Besides their own brands Choices by DL, Gassan Fine Jewelry, Gassan Haute Joaillerie, Guy David, Gassan Watches and WatchUp, their stores offer you all the highlights of the …

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Coffee, better known as the elixir of life, is what makes us humans tick. At Blushing they understand this philosophy. They only serve the best coffee! With their beautiful interior, energetic staff and healthy food choices, this is the place to start your day, or to take a break from the busy city life. Blushing …

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Moco Museum

Moco Museum

The Moco museum in Amsterdam is an invitatie of private gallery holders Lionel and Kim Logchies. With more than eighteen years of experience and a broad art-network they are able to display various international art pieces from private collections. At the museum giftshop you can buy artdvd’s, souvenirs, small art pieces and posters. Besides that, …

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The Museumplein is the public space where the three major museums – the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum – and the concert hall Concertgebouw have their entrances. It is also the centre point of the district Oud Zuid (Old South) where all the shopping streets such as PC Hooftstraat, Hobbemastraat, Willemsparkweg and Van …

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