If you are trying to learn about art in Amsterdam you are definitely in the right place and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including an Amsterdam art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it. You can find all of our posts on Europe right there if you want to check them out.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Amsterdam
When you are ready to visit the best art galleries and museums in Amsterdam you can go to:
- Van Gogh Museum at Museumplein 6
- Rijksmuseum at Museumstraat 1
- Rembrandt House Museum at Jodenbreestraat 4
- Stedelijk Museum at Museumplein 10
- Amsterdam Museum at Kalverstraat 92
- Moco Museum at Honthorststraat 20
- Cobra Museum Of Modern Art at Sandbergplein 1
- Hermitage Amsterdam at Amstel 51
- Museum Van Loon at Keizersgracht 672
- Pakt at Zeeburgerpad 53
- De Appel at Schipluidenlaan 12
- Go Gallery at Marnixstraat 127
At the Van Gogh Museum you’ll find the legends iconic paintings and drawings along with works by his artist colleagues, French and Japanese prints, and more. The Potato Eaters 1885, Sunflowers 1889, and Almond Blossom 1890 are some of the highlight collections at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum which is open from 9am to 6pm daily and offers free admission for visitors under 18 years old.
Rijksmuseum houses over 700,000 works of art including hundreds of Rembrandt masterpieces while conducting numerous exhibitions every year from their own collection and with international loans. Admission is free for visitors under the age of 18 and you can check out what Rijksmuseum has to offer from 9am to 5pm every day.
Rembrandt House Museum is open from 10am to 6pm six days a week while they are closed on Mondays, every April 27th, and on Christmas.
The collection of the Stedelijk Museum is available from 10am to 6pm daily and contains over 100,000 artworks that are available on loan to museums and visual art institutions in the Netherlands and abroad for exhibitions.
The Amsterdam Museum has over 70,000 objects on display including paintings, models, archeological finds, photographs, and other items related to the city’s history from the Middle Ages to the present. Admission is free for children under 18 and their hours are 10am to 5pm throughout the week.
You can find artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, and many more at Moco Museum which is open from 9am to 7pm Monday through Thursday and until 9pm Friday through Sunday.
There is an art prize at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art that is given out every two years to a visual artist who creates innovative work. The prize includes a €15,000 cash prize, an exhibition at the Museum, and a catalogue or publication accompanying the exhibition. They are open from 10am to 5pm every day but Monday and also host private parties and art workshops for all ages.
Hermitage Amsterdam has over three million objects, 65,000 of which can be seen in the museum’s 350 rooms which are open to the public from 10am to 5pm every day. They also provide a variety of programs including concerts, lectures, workshops, and even an art course for children as young as six years old and adults.
Museum Van Loon is also open from 10am to 5pm and houses the collection that the family has accumulated over the past five centuries. Various objects and a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain from different centuries is on display.
Go Gallery is open from noon to 6pm Wednesday through Saturday and they sell artwork in your area in addition to hosting a number of temporary exhibitions over the years.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials like:
- Gerstaecker at Bilderdijkstraat 99
- Van Beek Art Supplies at Stadhouderskade 63-65
- Vlieger at Amstel 34
- Van der Linde at Rozengracht 38
- Pipoos at Ceintuurbaan 334
Over 65,000 supplies are available at Gerstaecker who has ten art supply stores near you throughout the Netherlands.
Since 1895 Van Beek Art Supplies has been a great shop for local artists stocking over 20,000 items.
Located in the heart of downtown Vlieger has been in business for more than 150 years providing specialized paper, materials for artists and designers, and office supplies to your area.
More than 65,000 items can be found at Van der Linde which also offers custom framing.
Shows, Festivals, & Events
Some of the best local art shows, festivals, and events held here are:
- Amsterdam Art Weekend in June
- Annual Dutch Art Fair in October
- Affordable Art Fair in October
- Amsterdam Light Festival in December until late January
During Amsterdam Art Weekend the city’s finest contemporary art venues open their doors to showcase the latest developments in the local contemporary scene. The city will be buzzing with exhibitions, performances, screenings, discussions, gallery tours, and open studios organized in collaboration with more than 50 participating galleries, museums, residencies, and project spaces.
The Annual Dutch Art Fair is a multidisciplinary exhibition of contemporary art and design featuring over 200 national and international creators and designers, live music, a snack bar, and a variety of other activities.
The Affordable Art Fair is held at De Kromhouthal and features 100 local and international galleries displaying a stunning collection of fresh and contemporary artworks which are all for sale.
Each year in the city centre the annual Amsterdam Light Festival brings together creators from around the world to showcase their light artworks and installations.
Local Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add new works to your collection or find out the true value of something visit art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Douwes Fine Art at Johannes Vermeerstraat 15-hs
- Lionel Gallery at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 64
- De Schildercamer at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 35
- Paul van Esch & Partners Art Advisory at Prins Hendrikkade
Douwes Fine Art was founded in 1770 and offers appraisals, conservation, and restoration plus they can help you buy or sell artworks either at auction or via private collectors.
Artworks by Warhol, Picasso, Banksy and Miro can be found at the Lionel Gallery, all of which are for sale. Whether you are looking to buy or sell fine art they advise to ensure ownership of a desired object or a successful sale.
Aside from selling works by world renowned artists De Schildercamer also offers painting restoration services.
In accordance with your primary goal of collecting or selling art Paul van Esch & Partners shares custom guidance in navigating the market for your specific needs.
If you are reading this on a sunny day why not go on an art walking tour:
- Alltounative Amsterdam at IJplein 602
- Street Art Museum Amsterdam at Immanuel Kanthof 1
- Amsterdam Street Art at Sint Antoniesbreestraat 138
Alltounative offers a variety of street art and alternative tours throughout your area including guided tours of the world’s largest street art museum STRAAT at NDSM and mural tours in the Southeast part of town.
The aforementioned Street Art Museum is not a walking tour per se but rather a contemporary eco-museum with over 300 street art works ranging from small pieces to monumental murals. Self-guided tours can be taken to explore the collection that is spread throughout the Nieuw-West neighborhood.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really creative statues and sculptures in your area like:
- Rembrandt Monument at Rembrandtplein 28
- Bredero Monument at Nieuwmarkt
- Andre Hazes Monument at Eerste van der Helststraat
- Sculpture Two Heads at De Wallen
The Rembrandt Monument is the city’s oldest Rembrandt statue and it was created by Belgian sculptor Louis Royer in the mid 1800’s.
Piet Esser created the Bredero Monument which was unveiled in 1968 and the statue is located on the Nieuwmarkt behind the Waag.
The Andre Hazes Monument is dedicated to a Dutch singer who is best known for sentimental folk songs. The statue was unveiled in 2005 on the Albert Cuypstraat in the Pijp near Sarphatipark.
Sculpture Two Heads or Rokinfontein was designed by a Dutch artist Mark Manders and was officially unveiled in 2017 located on the Rokin a couple of minutes walk from the Dam Square.
Amsterdam Art Classes
Some of the best Amsterdam art schools and classes can be found at:
- Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten at Jodenbreestraat 3
- Amsterdam Canal Painting at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 82B
- Ateliers Westerdok at Westerdok 318
- Impression Painting Studio at Van Beuningenplein 1 hs
- Lisart Painting Studio at Damrak 68 R
The Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten offers a full-time program for high school graduates and a two-year program for visual artists seeking teaching certification while you can also try their master education along with continuing education and training. In addition to their academy of art they also have an academy of architecture, theatre and dance, music, films, and museology studies.
Amsterdam Canal Painting specializes in Van Gogh inspired painting and drawing classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Many other classes are also available including group and private classes, customized classes, private parties, and team building workshops.
Amateurs, professionals, and children can all take art classes and workshops at Ateliers Westerdok where a variety of classes ranging from beginner to master classes are available. A weekly open studio with a life model and a holiday art week for children can also be found.
Impression Painting Studio provides full-time and part-time art lessons to both teens and adults with free trial lessons and all classes are taught in both English and Dutch.
At Lisart Painting Studio’s classes you can express yourself freely on canvas and create your own painting with oil, acrylic, or alcohol ink with all materials provided.
Cobra Museum of Modern Art and the Hermitage from our best galleries near you list also have local art lessons.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can try to rent an art studio in Amsterdam at:
- Broedplaats Lely at Schipluidenlaan 12
- Broedplaats Hw10 at Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10
- Broedplaats Contact at Contactweg 47
- Broedplaats Acta at Louwesweg 1
A frame can take a normal looking piece a long way, and some of the best places for picture and art framing near you are:
- Gelijk Inlijsten Lijstenmakerij at Maasstraat 144
- Lijstenmakerij van Amsterdam at Maasstraat 7
- Excellijst at Overtoom 266
- Frame4u Lijstenmakerij at Donauweg 23
- Deurloo Lijsten at Jan van Galenstraat 151
Gelijk Inlijsten Lijstenmakerij stocks over 200 different frames ranging from modern to classic and provides a variety of services including canvas stretching, frame restoration, and printing.
Excellijst has all possible materials, techniques, and expertise in-house to professionally frame any type of artworks for you. There are over 2,800 frames and many different types of passe-partouts to choose from.
Van der Linde from the art supply stores list also does quality framing in your area.
You can read more of our posts on these cities if you want:
- Museums, Dealers & Supplies in Rotterdam
- Museums, Dealers & Supplies in Antwerp
- Museums, Dealers & Supplies in Brussels
- Museums, Dealers & Supplies in Hamburg
Have Fun Enjoying the Amsterdam Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene in your area to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers near you.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love the local art as much as we do. Don’t be afraid to share your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also mention if we got anything wrong so this post can be as accurate as possible for future visitors.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Amsterdam!