Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Amsterdam.



According to the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, the country produces 650 million kilos of cheese a year, and two-thirds is exported. Every corner of the country, from Gouda to Amsterdam and Edam to Leiden, brings a little...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District
Sexmuseum Amsterdam


All right, you're in Amsterdam, so you might as well bite the bullet and visit one of its sex museums. This place isn't incredibly obvious from the outside, but once inside, you'll discover a variety of displays documenting the carnal act and...  Read More

Eastern Canal Ring
Museum of Bags & Purses


This relative newcomer on the museum scene devotes itself entirely to one of the most essential fashion accessories for women: the bag. Its specialized collection (the largest of its kind in the world) extends to around 2500 items – including...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


Exploring various aspects of human sexuality, this museum is a curious amalgam of dioramas, exhibits, and art from our era and from ages past. Strewn across five floors are displays that articulate different fetishes (including bondage...  Read More

Central Canal Ring


Horrible devices designed to elicit confessions from long-ago prisoners comprise the displays in this small, dark museum. The physical pain created by straps, spikes, weights and blades seems unimaginable to modern folks, and the frequency with...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District
World of Vodka


This sleek and stylish museum is located in a former townhouse in a bustling part of the city. A knowledgeable personal guide will show you through the 3-story building and then you're on your own to experience the beautifully illuminated bar...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


Equated with England's Westminster Abbey since Dutch monarchs are inaugurated here, the Nieuwe Kerk had its foundations laid in the 14th century. Built as a Catholic sanctuary, it survived the nation's change to Protestantism, although it lost...  Read More

Amsterdam - North


As you stand at Amsterdam Centraal Station, look across the IJ River to the north. You'll notice a beautiful white building that boasts a sleek, line-driven design. This structure is home to the EYE Film Institute, a museum dedicated to all...  Read More



Given Amsterdam's proximity to the water, it's not surprising that boats have a long history of being adapted into living quarters. This museum illustrates just how that's possible. The circa-1914 barge, "Hendrika Maria," moored in one of the...  Read More