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Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Gay Bar Pub Crawl

1. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Gay Bar Pub Crawl

Begin your tour at the world-famous Prik Bar in Amsterdam. Prik is the Dutch word for bubbles, which is appropriate considering their wide selection of carbonated adult beverages. Next, stop for drinks and snacks at the beloved O'reilly's Irish Pub. There you and your tour will enjoy an exclusive room (air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter.) Next sashay on down with your tour towards the party on Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam's most gay-friendly street. Visit three bars and enjoy a wide array of drinks already waiting for you. Order a specialty cocktail or just dive into the party and try any of the special shots reserved for your tour. Enjoy priority service as well as up to 60% off drinking prices. End your tour at the Cafe Montmartre located on the Amstel river and enjoy the views of the water with some fun drinks and new friends.

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Amsterdam Museum Including Golden Coach Exhibition

2. Amsterdam Museum Including Golden Coach Exhibition

Visit Amsterdam Museum and explore thousands of objects and works of art that tell the story of Amsterdam, taking you on a journey through the stories of its residents and neighborhoods, from the early Middle Ages to the Amsterdam we know today. Start your visit with the Amsterdam DNA exhibition, an introduction to the city and its history. Then, discover Refresh Amsterdam (until July 25, 2021), which shows how 25 contemporary artists explore their relationship with the city. The Little Orphanage (Het Kleine Weeshuis) is especially for children. Here, the history of the building comes to life as you learn about how tens of thousands of Amsterdam orphans lived, learned, and played in the past. This interactive exhibition enables kids and their parents to see what life must have been like in a 17th-century orphanage Next, check out the Golden Coach, which is on display again after a five-year restoration. The Golden Coach is displayed in a glass enclosure in the large courtyard of the museum. In the surrounding buildings, hundreds of paintings, orangery, garments, cartoons, photographs, and moving images provide a multifaceted picture of the history and use of the Golden Coach (on display until February 27, 2022).

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Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

3. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

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Amsterdam: Tropenmuseum Entrance Ticket

4. Amsterdam: Tropenmuseum Entrance Ticket

Enter the impressive Tropenmuseum, overlooking Amsterdam’s Oosterpark, and admire the magnificent Light Hall of the original building, constructed in 1926, to get one of the best views that any museum in Amsterdam offers. Access the permanent collections of the ethnographic museum, along with the frequently changing temporary exhibitions to see objects that all have a story to tell about humankind. Investigate themes such as mourning, celebration, ornamentation, prayer and conflict, and be inspired by the huge cultural diversity of the world. Take the children to Tropenmuseum Junior, designed to appeal to visitors aged 6 to 13. Opened in 1975, it is the oldest children’s museum in the Netherlands and is like stepping into another world. Embark on an immersive experience that stimulates all the senses and allows the kids to learn by doing. 

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Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour (Not Entry Ticket)

5. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour (Not Entry Ticket)

See masterpieces of art by Vincent Van Gogh on a guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and mark the 125th anniversary of the artist's death with an art history guide. Get a fascinating look into Van Gogh's life and work, and learn how, despite selling only one painting during his lifetime, he became one of the best known painters in history. Your guide will talk about the lengthy correspondence he exchanged with his younger brother Theo, providing a glimpse into the way he thought, worked and struggled. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, the museum is even of interest to those with limited knowledge of art. Hear anecdotes about Van Gogh’s life, and see easy-to-miss details in paintings such as “The Potato Eaters” and “Sunflowers.” If you want to explore major works and issues at more length during the tour, this can be arranged free of charge for up to 30 minutes.

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Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour and see all the main sights of the historic center, including the enchanting bridges, barges, houseboats and mercantile houses of the Canal Belt. Get well-acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on the Canal Belt. Be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings, numerous houseboats, and, of course, some of the most famous sights in the city. Learn how the city evolved from a muddy town on the Amstel River in the 12th century to the modern day metropolis. Get a local’s perspective and discover some little-known secrets of the city, including tree-lined squares and private courtyards. Get priceless tips on how to make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

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Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

7. Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

After a 90-120 minutes drive from Amsterdam your first destination will be Nuenen. Nuenen: Van Gogh Village Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and visit a range of locations in Nuenen that inspired the artist, including the reformed church featured in his painting. This excursion will give you an insight into Vincent’s life in Nuenen, where he lived from December 1883 to November 1885. Vincent was very productive in this village, completing more than 500 paintings and drawings within a period of just two years. One of these was The Potato Eaters, now one of Vincent’s most famous works. During your time in Nuenen you'll have the change to visit the Vincentre Museum, explore some of  the 23 ‘Van Gogh locations’ by bike or on foot and soak up the renowned Brabant hospitality at the numerous shops and cafes. After exploring Vincent’s homeland, return to Amsterdam to explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Renowned masterpieces, quotes from letters and audio fragments all unite to answer your burning questions about the artist. Learn about his numerous self-portraits, the time he spent in Southern France, where he painted Sunflowers and about why he painted Almond Blossom.

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Amsterdam: The Canals City Exploration Game

8. Amsterdam: The Canals City Exploration Game

Invest in a thrilling mystery game where the answers to clues lead you to the most secret and tucked away places of the Amsterdam Canals. Begin at the Dam Square and solve puzzles at your own pace all the way to the Amsterdam Museum. Find your way to the Descartes House, where the mathematician and philosopher lived for almost twenty years. Learn about the architecture of the Renaissance at the Westerkerk, and why Amsterdam's houses lean forward. Search for the smallest house in the whole city, and discover one of the oldest and smallest cafés tucked away in the center of Amsterdam. Play as a group, or on your own, and find the adventure in every clue.

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Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

9. Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

From the meeting point at Beursplein square, start the walking tour of the main central attractions with your expert guide. Hear stories you’d never hear otherwise and experience the history of this city. From its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to Amsterdam. Your guide will then take you to the cruise boat to continue the tour of the city’s iconic canal routes. On board, relax with your audioguide and take in the memorable sights that surround you. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways and on this cruise you will see the most principal canals as well as the Amstel River and the famous seven bridges.

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Amsterdam: Contemporary City 4-Hour Private Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Contemporary City 4-Hour Private Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, constructed in the shape of a wave. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this part of the town. Enjoy the fascinating private walking tour of the beautiful city of Amsterdam and discover its unique and thrilling contemporary side. Start your walk to the former KNSM dockyard isles. The KNSM isle is a living area in the former eastern harbor of Amsterdam, taken over by the young nomads, artists and squatters in the 1980s, and rebuilt in a district of splendor during an urban renewal project in the 1990s. The next highlight of the tour are two short ferry rides, the first towards the NDS dockyard with spectacular views of the former harbor area, and the second to the famous EYE building, home of the Amsterdam Film museum. Tour the striking building and visit its permanent exhibition before you end the tour. Let your guide take you through the streets of Amsterdam and discover the future of Amsterdam!

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Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Amsterdam Museum is open daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM, though closed on April 27th (King's Day) and December 25th (Christmas). It doesn't open until noon on January 1st and closes an hour early on December 5th, 24th, and 31st. Some generous concessions are offered on ticket prices and entry is free with the I Amsterdam City Card or the Museumkaart.

  • How to get there?

    The Amsterdam Museum is inaccessible by car but is just a short walk from Dam Square. The closest tram stops are Spui (lines 1, 2, and 5) and Rokin (4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25).

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 5:00PM daily, but check ahead of time for holiday closures in December.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are only €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide for the museum, but other tours in the area are definitely worth it!
  • How to get there
    It's just a short walk from Dam Square, or take tram lines 1, 2 or 5 to Spui, or lines 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 to Rokin.
  • Additional information
    Photography is allowed, but not with a tripod. | Some areas are not accessible for the disabled.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Museum

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 701 reviews

I took the city walking tour and I was amazed: I already knew Amsterdam is a very interesting city, but I was surprised it has such a rich history. Our guide Miguel was great, he explained many stories and funny things about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. We learned to know the city from different points of view and we got nice indications about good restaurants and bars. After the tour we had a cheese tasting, they explained us their cheese is made with traditional methods. We tried delicious cheeses (even a 3 years old one) and wines. Highly recommendable!

The tour is informative and fun. At the beginning it was a bit unclear to me how to get into the game - this is possible via a link in one of the e-mails that you receive in advance. The tour itself is well set up and certainly even with children the guessing games can be quite funny.

This museum is ultra-modern, using many new techniques to fully illustrate the history of the Netherlands through paintings, photographs, newsreels, interviews, films, etc.

The Bar crawl was amazing. So much fun, with lots of shots included. Highly recommend!

Expert and nice guide, Rolf taught us a lot of things.