My top 5 Amsterdam museums
In order to get the best deal to visit plenty of museums Tiva and I got the museum card for a year’s (!) access to around 30 museums and discounts for others, all for €60, find out more here: Museum Kaart
1 Museum Amstelkring – Our Lord in the Attic
The ticket includes a audio guide to take around and learn more about the houses, the church and it’s construction.
One of the downstairs parlours of the house – the room where a merchant would welcome people for business and therefore it shows his wealth.
A close up of the main altar in all its glory
Detailing from the ceiling of the church
A very impressive organ! How they managed to have ‘secret’ services with that going I’m not sure!
How people used to sleep – in cupboards! It kept the draft out at least!
Map of the different churches and other religious houses in Amsterdam
View from the top floor over the canal
2 Oude Kirk
Tiva was amused to hear that all of my old Amsterdam knowledge stemmed from reading a novel! (The Miniaturist) and the Oude Kirk takes a turn in this book, where they discuss the austere interior and the flooring made from tombstones – it used to smell of dead people!!
Lots of dead people….the whole floor is tombstones
This guy was a prominent citizen and had a prime place with plenty of decoration
The large open Nave – all of the decoration was stripped back when the church became Calvinist
A particularly Dutch feature is the wooden roof. Apparently this was for two reasons – the first that the weight of stone to make a ‘traditional’ cathedral/church vaulted roof would have lead to subsidence – Amsterdam was created from waterlogged ground. The second was that there was nowhere with stone nearby – it cost a lot to get it to Amsterdam!
Amsterdam’s maritime history is never far away – with representations of boats in the church:
The ticket includes a great hand drawn map with lots of little details shown on it – this one would be great for older kids to run around and find!
3 Amsterdam Museum
Lots of art eclectically shown around the museum
Some of the interactive bits – you can cycle modern day or back in the 1900’s!
4 Museum Van Loon
This museum is on one of the main canals and is the preserved house of one of the cities oldest families (they are still resident today). Tiva wanted to visit to see how the merchants houses would have looked all done up in their finery.
The more intimate of the ground floor rooms – this was used for family suppers instead of the formal dining room and is light and airy, opening out into the garden.
View from the steps – Tiva in the middle and the cat getting attention… (there was a sign saying don’t let the cat in!)
Family fun coach for trips around town and a sled for winter! As you can see the coach house is now a cafe.
Messing around for infinite Katies and Tivas!
Inside the actual space is astounding – perfectly offsetting the grandeur of the art itself.
One of the famous artists – Vincent Van Gogh
Apparently Vincent did a lot of self portraits to avoid having to pay for a model, so there are a selection scattered around various museums – which is good as we never made it to the Van Gogh Musuem (also included in the card)
A Van Gogh still life
Here is one in action in the Rijksmuseum cafe!
The trend of dolls houses was big among the upper class ladies. This is the dolls house of Petronella Oortman, which inspired the book The Miniaturist.
These miniature houses were fitted out with all the sumptuousness of the real life houses and so are like a mini time capsule.
One of the main reason crowds of people head to the Rijksmuseum – Vermeer’s the Nights Watch painting. As you can see it was mobbed!