The Dutch love their museums. Did you know that we have more than 1.100 museum in Holland? And that every year over 39 million visitors pass the doors of Dutch museums?
Our Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is world famous, and is a true Dutch icon. In the Rijksmuseum you can watch Rembrandts Night watch (“The Nachtwacht”). And see many other top notch Dutch masters: this Dutch museum you really do not want to miss!
We have museums in all sizes all over the country. They exhibit various topics, themes and items. Big, small, ancient, contemporary: you name it, and we have it!
History of museums in Holland
Did you know that first museum was founded in Haarlem? In 1778, the Teylers Museum opened their doors.
Since then, almost all cities in Holland have museums. So wherever you are in Holland, you can find an interesting Dutch museum. We have both public museums and privately owned: all exhibit beautiful and rare items. Sometimes the admission is free, because Dutch like gratis. But even when you have to pay, you for sure get true value for money!
Dutch heritage comes alive in museum
By tradition, the Dutch are true collectors. We also nourish our heritage. Thinking of wooden shoes? Go to Eelde or Zaandam for the wooden shoes museum (klompenmuseum). The myth is true: the Dutch are walking on wooden shoes for ages!
Do you want to see the history of cheese-making? In Alkmaar you will find all the answers to your questions.
Are you interested in the making of our famous Blue Delft pottery? Go to Delft, and watch Rembrandts Night Watch as a true masterpiece in Delft Blue in 1 to 1 dimensions of the original painting.
Do you want to see why the Dutch are called the masters of watermanagement? In Ouwerkerk, Zeeland you can experience how the Dutch build their famous network of dikes and dams of the Deltawerken.
And of course: we have a Tulip museum in Amsterdam. Exactly what you expected, right?
At this Dutch museum you can discover all the secrets behind the cultivation of this Dutch icon.
Combine travel, fun and Dutch museum
So, you get the picture, right? Everywhere, anywhere you are in Holland, you can visit dutch museums of your liking.
Do you have limited time for your visit and do you want to do Holland in one day? Madurodam in the Hague shows you Holland in miniatures. All famous buildings, as the Ridderzaal, are there.
And… Do as the Dutch: try to get a discount when you want to visit two museums or more on the same day.