Museum Quarter Walk (Self Guided), Amsterdam

The museums of Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions of the city. Some of its museums are quite small, but nevertheless important, and some, like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are world famous and should not be missed. This tour gives you an opportunity to visit Amsterdam's most renowned museums and learn more about history, art and even the world of diamonds.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Museum Quarter Walk Map

Guide Name: Museum Quarter Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: emily
1
Vondelkerk

1) Vondelkerk

Amsterdam's Vondelkerk is located just outside an entrance to the Vondelpark. It was built by the architect Petrus Cuypers, named after the poet and writer Joost van den Vondel. Nowadays the construction serves as the office building.
2
Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat

2) Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat

Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, Amsterdam's mini Fifth Avenue, is situated in the Museum Quarter. The area is home to high-end classics like Chanel, Gucci, Hermés, Louis Vuitton; jewelry - Chopard, Cartier; lifestyle stores, as well as other boutiques selling luxury labels. The place presents interest to those serious buyers, as well as window-shoppers.
3
Douwes Fine Art

3) Douwes Fine Art

Specializing in antique paintings and fine art objects, Douwes Fine Art is situated near Amsterdam's famous Museum Quarter. An art business that was established in 1805, the Douwes family tradition started with a restoration workshop as early as the 1760s. Today, its gallery is managed by the family's sixth generation of art, and is considered one of the oldest of its kind in the Netherlands and Europe. The gallery offers a wide collection of 16th to 21st century paintings and drawings, as well as masterpieces from Amsterdam Impressionists, Hague School, Russian Social Realism and Classic Modern Art. In addition, Douwes Fine Art also offers a full package of services, including restoration, valuation and purchase of paintings.

Operation Hours Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Monday: by appointment only
4
Rijksmuseum

4) Rijksmuseum (must see)

Standing tall on the Museumplein in Amsterdam is one of the most renowned museums not only in the Netherlands but the entire world. The Rijksmuseum is known to have over a million pieces of artifacts and art pieces that comprise most of its permanent collection.

Founded in the 1800s, the birthplace of Rijksmuseum which was initially called the National Art gallery was The Hague. It was later moved to Amsterdam on the commands of Louis Bonapart, the King of Holland. On its arrival in Amsterdam, it was named the Royal Museum and it was not until 1885 that the Rijksmuseum shifted to its current location, the beautiful Dutch Neo-Renaissance building.

The unique blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture on the Rijksmuseum structure was brought about by architect Pierre Cuypers. The resultant building was not only handsome looking but was also quite huge. This was done with the sole purpose of fitting the entire collection brought from The Hague.

The Rijksmuseum has a massive collection of art, history, and manuscripts that date back to the 17th century. The museum is a must-see if you want to stare in awe at Rembrandt’s works, as well as other renowned artists like Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals.

Why You Should Visit:
The place where the Art from your Art classes and books comes to life.

Tip:
Look until you drop, then take a break from all the art and artefacts in the excellent atrium café and get ready to do another wing.
Consider buying your ticket online (it is valid for one year and will save you a long queue).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm
5
Diamond Museum

5) Diamond Museum

If jewelry holds a special place in your heart and diamonds are your best friend then the Diamond Museum is a must see.

This two story museum gives its viewers a detailed tour on the history and yes the geography involved in bringing to you the perfectly cut diamond. In the past Amsterdam has been the hub for some of the finest and most trusted diamonds. Known for its unique cuts, quality and polish, Amsterdam since the 17th century centralized the Diamond market and trade. Today most of the polishing and cutting has moved from the city however it still ranks among the few trusted places in world whose diamonds are most cherished.

On visiting the Museum you are greeted by a short documentary which will get you to speed with how diamonds are obtained and what goes into making of each piece. Learn how to distinguish real from the imitations, be dazzled by the glittery exhibits of royal jewelry and watch the craftsmen at work producing some of the most precious stones on the planet.

Just a stone throw away from the Van Gogh Museum, the Diamond Museum is open to public at a minimal fee every day of the week.
6
Van Gogh Museum Shop

6) Van Gogh Museum Shop

What to buy here: Van Gogh Memory Game. Price: €16.50.

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter. He was quite prolific, producing more than 2,000 artworks in ten years time, including 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. The Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum has created a fun and educational memory game featuring paintings and sketches by Van Gogh. Each card comes with a description and explanation of the paintings and sketches on the other side.

This game is no ordinary matching game, as the two cards to be paired are not exactly the same but share a similar theme. One pair might be the sketch and the other the resulting painting, or perhaps two self-portraits, or maybe two paintings of flowers in vases. Together the images tell a story about Van Gogh. The artworks are all from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This game would be a wonderful gift for an art lover, combining entertainment with an education about Van Gogh's art and life.
7
Van Gogh Museum

7) Van Gogh Museum (must see)

The one place in Amsterdam you just can’t afford to avoid is the Van Gogh Museum dedicated to the works of the melancholic artist and to other works of some contemporary artists.

Vincent Van Gogh, whose name generally makes it to the list of the most underrated artists of their times, was born in 1853 and died at the young age of 37. By the time of his death, he had left behind a collection of some of the most beautiful works which were unfortunately appreciated only after his death. Since Van Gogh was fighting several health issues both physical and mental, today his work is seen as a reflection of his state of mind. With bold strokes and brilliant colour, his work is known for its brutal honesty of emotions and freedom from any technicality in terms of discipline.

Upon his death in 1890, he left his collection to his brother Theo Van Gogh who, in turn, left it in the care of his wife Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, a constant pillar of support throughout his life.

The paintings of Van Gogh make up for the permanent collection of the Museum. His works are categorized into five parts, each comprising a painting from that phase of his life. The Museum that presently houses Van Gogh’s work came into being in 1963.

Why You Should Visit:
The main museum for all things Van Gogh, and absolutely the most popular museum in Amsterdam.

Tip:
Go straight to the 3rd floor and work your way down. This way you will get 2-3 floors of quieter viewing.
Be sure to also order the audioguide when booking your ticket and then 1.5-2 hours should allow you to view all the works and not just the highlights.

Opening Hours:
Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat-Thu: 9am-6pm
8
Stedelijk Museum

8) Stedelijk Museum (must see)

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Municipal Museum Amsterdam), colloquially known as Stedelijk, is a museum for modern art, contemporary art, and design located in Amsterdam. The 19th-century building was designed by Adriaan Willem Weissman and the 21st-century wing with the current entrance was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects. The collection comprises modern and contemporary art and design from the early 20th century up to the 21st century. It features artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Karel Appel, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Marlene Dumas, Lucio Fontana, and Gilbert & George. The museum collection holds almost 90,000 objects, collected since 1874.

Why You Should Visit:
Large gallery rooms and a world-class modern collection that makes you rethink history and ponder art.

Tip:
Make sure that you visit 'The Base' downstairs, i.e. the heart of the museum consisting of works that are part of the permanent collection.
Free audio tours of 'The Base' should are available in six languages.

Opening Hours:
Fri: 10am-10pm; Sat-Thu: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
9
Cornelis Schuytstraat

9) Cornelis Schuytstraat

An exquisite shopping street, home to a large part of the most stylish shops in Amsterdam. This shopping venue is for those who live in the expensive town area and, therefore, provides everything one might need to fit in – the best quality clothes, cosmetics, food and wines.
10
Beethovenstraat

10) Beethovenstraat

Beethovenstraat is an elegant street in South Amsterdam, stretching from the Apollo Avenue to Buitenveldert. Those who come here in search of fashion, gifts or delicacies, rarely, if ever, leave empty-handed.

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. It is famous for its unusual life rhythm manifested in the air of cannabis, coffee shops, the Red Light District and many other elements that keep drawing in people from the whole world all year round. Here are some suggestions on the top-rated tourist attractions of this extraordinary city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Plantage Walking Tour

Plantage Walking Tour

Plantage is a neighborhood of Amsterdam, located in the Centrum district. It dates back to the 1600s and has been throughout the centuries a place of rest and entertainment. It is one of the greenest neighborhoods in Amsterdam, in part thanks to the fact that is home to the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, and the Artis Zoo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Old Side Walking Tour

Old Side Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Old Side or Oude Zijde in Dutch is a neighborhood of true contrast. On one side we have centuries old medieval buildings, churches and landmarks, and on the other hand we have the Red Light District, which is not in fact a district, but an area within the Oude Zijde of Amsterdam.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally a working class neighborhood, but in recent years it has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is also dotted with specialty shops, markets and restaurants. This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main attractions of the district of Jordaan.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


Top 7 Dutch Cheeses to Try in Amsterdam

Top 7 Dutch Cheeses to Try in Amsterdam

Don't mind things turning a bit "cheesy" when in Holland. After all, this small country is renowned for its cheese manufacturing and successfully competes, in terms of cheese exports, with such economic giants as the United States and Germany. Amsterdam alone and its vicinities are...
The Oldest and Historic Pubs of Amsterdam

The Oldest and Historic Pubs of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a stunningly beautiful city, steeped in history, with hidden treasures and fascinating tales practically around every corner. Like all marvelous cities, Amsterdam has its share of dining and drinking establishments from the modern to the ancient. This guide will assist you in exploring...
Dutch Sweets and Pastries

Dutch Sweets and Pastries

Known primarily for their cheeses, the Dutch have proven just as passionate about their sweets and pastries, many of which have come about as a result of the centuries of colonial past that had infused Holland with Oriental flavors and ingredients. Blended with their own dairy-rich European...
Souvenir Shopping in Amsterdam: 20 Dutch Things To Buy

Souvenir Shopping in Amsterdam: 20 Dutch Things To Buy

Tulips, red lights, weed... Other than these, there are plenty of good things to remember Amsterdam by. What's more, you can take home some of them quite legally. Look here to see what to buy in Amsterdam and...
12 Traditional Dutch Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam

12 Traditional Dutch Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam

Cool climate, closeness to sea, and sense of adventure have made the Dutch what they are – skillful farmers, industrious seafarers and, generally, people with the taste for life and good hearty meal, whether it comes from the sea they live by or the land they set their feet on. All of this has...
Bars of De Pijp, Amsterdam

Bars of De Pijp, Amsterdam

Sitting to the south of the Centrum (city centre) De Pijp area of Amsterdam is a fascinating mixture of trendy urbanites, students, immigrants and Amsterdammers. De Pijp has a long history as the Bohemian part of town, which is reflected in the different cafés of the area. There truly is something...