Enough culture, need a bit of a break from art and history, what about a bit of science!  Going to this place is guaranteed to get everyone cleaning around the house more.  Micropia is the story of microbes, particularly the 100 thousand billion microbes, all 1.5kg of them that live on and in us! Roll…

Tuschinski Theatre self-guided audio tour

Main Auditorium at the Tuschinsky Theatre

The Tuschinski Theatre, opened in 1921, was the crowning achievement of Abram Tuschinski.  He had already built 4 wonderful cinemas in Rotterdam and then bought 2 hectares of land in central Amsterdam to create the greatest cinema in the world! I think he achieved it. He was involved in every aspect of the acquisition, design,…

Rijksmuseum (State Museum)

View of the Rijksmuseum

This is the big daddy of museums in the country in a beautifully restored building, just reopened after a 10-year renovation.   To see everything in the museum would take about 5 days so you really need to choose a period.  1600 to 1700 covers the top floor and includes the famous stuff like Rembrandt’s Nightwatch…

Stedelijk Museum – Modern Art

View of the Stedlijk Museum

The Stedelijk, Amsterdam’s Modern Art Museum is my favorite museum in the city and definitely worth a whirl.  For €15.00/ €7.50 (students) you get a lot of art for your money. The collection covers the period 1850 to the present and includes works by Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso, Malevich, Mondrian, Appel, the list goes on and…

Van Gogh Museum

Outside Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum has the world’s greatest collection of this important artist’s work. See website below for opening times: Van Gogh Museum Website

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum Entrance

Because Amsterdam has so many heavy-weight museums the Amsterdam Museum is an often overlooked gem. It is pleasantly laid out in the maze-like old city orphanage and had lots of rooms, wings, floors, tucked away corners and is a lot larger than you expect. The first section, Amsterdam DNA, gives a very clear and interesting…

The Royal Palace on The Dam Square

Inside Amsterdam Royal Palace

The Royal Palace started its life in the mid-1600s and was the City Hall until King Louis Napoleon booted the City Council out and had the building converted into his palace in 1808. The palace is used by the government now for state functions and is open to the public when not in use. It…

Museum ‘t Kromhout

Inside 't Museum Kromhout

Did the above pictures excite you, old engines are your thing, then you can find a little slice of heaven here in Amsterdam! This museum is a working ships wharf where boats are now repaired and renovated. In times past, Kromhout was an important designer and manufacturer of steam and then diesel engines. This small…