The 10 most popular museums in the Netherlands (for a domestic excursion in 2022)

More than three thousand art and culture-loving Columbus readers let us know via an online survey which museums they would like to visit in 2022. Top 10 includes major museums that can also count on great interest and visitors from an international perspective, as well as smaller institutions that mainly focus on the domestic audience. The interest in modern and contemporary art is striking. With the exception of the Anne Frank House and the Nemo Science Museum, all of the top 10 museums are devoted to this theme, or an important part of their collection is devoted to it.

These are the 10 best museums that the Dutch would like to visit in 2022:The most popular museums in the Netherlands among domestic tourists in 2022

Top 10 consists of well-known and lesser-known names. We summarize all the highlights for you and recommend lesser known museums that you can combine with them for a great cultural day out:

1. Anne Frank’s House, Amsterdam

the best museums in the Netherlands - Anne Frank House Amsterdam

No less than 1 in 4 Dutch people would like to visit Anne Frank’s House this year. The museum was built around their hiding place, the secret annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam, where Anne Frank kept her famous diary. The secret annex wrote. With more than a million visitors a year (mainly from abroad), Anne Frank’s House is one of the most popular sights in Amsterdam.

Ideal to combine with: Resistance Museum Amsterdam

In the Resistance Museum Amsterdam, authentic objects, photos and documents, film and audio fragments tell the story of people in wartime. The museum is closed until the autumn to set up a brand new permanent exhibition, but in the meantime you can take a trip with Verzetstram. During this unique ride in a historic tram, all the important stories of occupation, persecution and resistance in Amsterdam are told.


2. Kröller-Müller Museum, Hoge Veluwe

the best museums in the Netherlands - Kröller Müller Museum

The Kröller-Müller Museum in the Hoge Veluwe National Park can also count on interest from 1 in 4 Dutch people this year. The museum is Vincent van Gogh’s second home; With nearly ninety paintings and more than one hundred and eighty drawings, the institution has the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world. The collection also includes masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian. The associated sculpture garden, one of the largest in Europe, is also a major attraction.

Nice to combine with: Museum Arnhem

Just south of Kröller-Müller are the many cultural attractions in Arnhem. The city’s showpiece is Museum Arnhem, which is housed in an impressive former men’s club. The collection consists of modern art, contemporary art, applied art and design. A spectacular new wing façade opened in the spring: a building that juts out fifteen meters beyond the city’s moraine, allowing visitors to enjoy a wide view of the area ‘hovering over the trees’.


3. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

the best museums in the Netherlands - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

That Rijksmuseum is the most important art temple in our country. The collection provides an impressive overview of Dutch art and history, including works by 17th-century Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals. There are also changing exhibitions. This summer, for example, you will find nine sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, a pioneering artist from the 20th century and an international role model, in the museum’s gardens.

Nice to combine with: MOCO Museum

A little further along the Museum Park is the MOCO Museum, which aims to make modern and contemporary art accessible to a wide and young audience. Especially the changing exhibitions of famous street artists can count on a large audience.


4. NEMO Science Museum, Amsterdam

the best museums in the Netherlands - NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam

Science boring? So no! You can roll up your sleeves at the NEMO Science Museum, housed in a striking copper-green building in Amsterdam. You can make all kinds of fun practical experience perform experiments in physics, chemistry, biology and behavioral science.

Nice to combine with: Micropia

Micropia, part of Artis, is a science museum in Amsterdam where you can get acquainted with the invisible, microscopic life around you: bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi. Surprise: Most of all microscopic life has the best for you!


5. Boijmans van Beuningen depot, Rotterdam

the best museums in the Netherlands - Depot Rotterdam Boymans van Beuningen

Depot Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam is the first art depot in the world to be open to the public. The entire depot collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (more than 151,000 works) is stored and can be seen in a 39.5 meter high, bowl-shaped building lined with reflective plates. Even the roof is spectacular: between the trees on the terrace you have a view of the Rotterdam skyline.

Nice to combine with: Museum park

In the adjacent museum park you will also find the Kunsthal Rotterdam, with about 25 different exhibitions a year, and the Wereldmuseum, with a collection of art and tools from cultures around the world (brought by Dutch missionaries, sailors, soldiers and merchants).


6. Groninger Museum, Groningen

the best museums in the Netherlands - Groninger Museum

With about 200,000 visitors a year, the Groninger Museum is one of the biggest attractions in the city and province of Groningen. In the distinctive complex, which consists of three large buildings in the water, you will find four different collections: archeology and history in Groningen, applied art, ancient visual art and contemporary visual art.

Nice to combine with: GRID Graphic Museum Groningen

At GRID Graphic Museum Groningen, graphic heritage comes to life. You can see a changing exhibition on graphic art, visit the printing and binding business or follow an inspiring workshop.


7. Hermitage Amsterdam

Hermitage Amsterdam started as a branch of Hermitage in St. Petersburg. You can now also see collections from the Amsterdam Museum, including famous Dutch group portraits from the seventeenth century. The museum is located in the Amstelhof, a beautiful complex that was used as housing for the elderly for more than three hundred years.

Nice to combine with: House Willet-Holthuysen

Diagonally opposite the Hermitage, on the other side of the Amstel, is the Huis Willet-Holthuysen, a double mansion and canal house with Neo-Lodewijk XVI-style lounges and an elegant, symmetrical French-style garden. The romantic rooms with historic interiors show works by contemporary artists and collectors.


Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar

the best museums in the Netherlands - Museum Voorlinden

Museum Voorlinden was built at Landgoed Voorlinden in Wassenaar to house the largest private art collection in the Netherlands. This so-called Caldic Collection consists of works by well-known names such as Ai Weiwei, Atelier Van Lieshout, Philip Akkerman, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Cindy Sherman and many others.

Great to combine with: Louwan Museum

Ten minutes by bike away is the Louwman Museum, with the oldest private collection of cars in the world. You will also find an extensive art collection, including furniture by Carlo Bugatti and sculptures by Rembrandt Bugatti.


9. The Foundation, Zwolle

the best museums in the Netherlands - De Fundatie

The Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle is dedicated to a collection of visual art, from the late Middle Ages to the present. The building is an attraction in itself: a former Palace of Justice in neoclassical style, with a new oval exhibition space on the roof.

Nice to combine with: Dutch Bakery Museum

The Dutch Bakery Museum in the nearby village of Hattem is especially fun: Take your kids to a ‘bread show’, taste all kinds of bread (and cookies) and learn how to bake them yourself!


10. Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen

the best museums in the Netherlands - Cobra Museum of Modern ArtIn the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen you will meet the members of the Cobra group, an avant-garde movement of artists from Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands after World War II. There are also changing exhibitions about other modern artists.

Nice to combine with: Amsterdamse Bos

After soaking up all the art and culture, you have earned some fresh air! Take your chance and go for a walk, cuddle goats, go canoeing or sunbathe in Amsterdamse Bos, a stone’s throw from Amstelveen. Can’t help but sniff out a little culture? Then look for the various works of art in the forest. You can find the entire overview at Amsterdamsebos.nl.


Does it taste of more? In the summer edition of In Eigen Land you will find many more tips for outdoor days and weekends in the Netherlands. Or look at our theme page Holidays in the Netherlands.

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