Of course, we are all eager for everything to reopen. Amusement parks, zoos, but also museums will hopefully open their gates again soon. Time to take a look at the best museums in the Netherlands for a day trip, where you should really have been or which museums you should really add to your to-do list.
Most famous museums in the Netherlands
When you think of a museum in the Netherlands, you think of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Here hangs perhaps the most famous painting in the Netherlands: the Night Watch. But the museum has other wonderful pieces in its collection as well as changing exhibitions around a particular theme.
Near the Rijksmuseum you will find two more museums: the Van Gogh Museum with works by Vincent van Gogh and the Stedelijk Museum housed in a huge bathtub. Here you will find modern art and changing collections based on contemporary design.
Another famous museum can be found in The Hague: the Mauritshuis. This building is right next to the Binnenhof and the Hofvijver. Here you will find over 700 works of art including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Other well-known museums worth visiting are the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam and the Kröller-Müller museum located in the middle of the Veluwe.
Museums for children
When you tell children they are going to a museum, few will respond with enthusiasm. A museum remains a bit of a boring outing for them anyway. But we are going to change that, because there are actually very nice museums for children. Forget those we mentioned above, this is where you should be with your family.
The first museum for children is the Railway Museum in Utrecht. It is located on an abandoned platform on the outskirts of town. Here children learn more about train transportation and how these huge things work. They can also engage in a variety of activities themselves and even ride in some of the attractions.
Another museum where they combine learning and fun activities is the Aviodrome in Lelystad. This museum is located at the airport, right along the runway. That means you can see real planes take off. But also that you can therefore visit them. For example, viewing the huge Boeing 747 parked there. You can also fly along in a number of (smaller) aircraft or pilot one yourself in the simulator.
Do your kids like biology and animals? Then the Naturalis in Leiden is definitely worth a visit. Here they learn more about plants and animals in an educational and, again, interactive environment. Like the previous museums, the Naturalis is also child-friendly and they can do some great exploring on their own here.
What is the best museum in the Netherlands?
That’s a tricky question, of course; it depends mostly on your interests and who you’re visiting the museum with. If you are going with children then the three museums I mentioned above are all highly recommended. They are places where they learn new things, but not by watching something but by doing and experiencing it themselves. They can explore on their own which is, of course, wonderful for children.
If you are an art lover then I would definitely visit the larger museums. Here hang famous works by various masters. In doing so, also keep an eye out for the changing exhibitions.
Do you need to visit a museum for school? Then I totally get that you’re looking for the cutest museum. Then I would go to the Rijksmuseum myself. Even if you never go to a museum in the Netherlands after that, at least you can say you’ve seen the Night Watch once in real life.