Crown’s ‘must see’ list of museums in Netherlands
December 18, 2014
At Crown, we know how important it is to feel close to your new country’s culture, in the process of making it your own home. If you are moving to the Netherlands, you might find that a different and fun way of getting to know the history and habits of the Dutch, is by visiting its museums. Some of the country’s best museums are listed here:
The Amsterdam Museum, located in the heart of the city, is now showing an exhibition called Amsterdam DNA. Within an hour, Amsterdam DNA will lead you through an exciting overview of the city’s history. Based on four core values: entrepreneurship, free thinking, citizenship and creativity, and divided into seven periods, this exhibition offers a unique insight into Amsterdam’s fascinating history. Amsterdam DNA is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. Since the history of Amsterdam is closely linked to the history of the entire nation, you might also find this information useful if you are moving into another city within the country.
The Rijksmuseum (recently completely renovated) is the Netherland’s national museum, and a “must see”. It contains an important collection of Dutch art, and provides a valuable journey throughout centuries of history...
If you are interested in the Dutch countryside way of life in past times, you cannot miss the Open air museum in Arnhem. If you are interested in water (a major aspect of Dutch culture) then the Zuiderzeemuseum should be on your list. It focuses on former fishing communities based in the current Ijsselmeer area. This emblematic water basin used to be part of the North Sea, but became a lake around the 1900s. Both museums tender interesting agendas for families and feature large open air areas. This makes them appealing for everyone who enjoys exploring or just strolling around.
Artists provide a unique standpoint on the topics that are considered important within the Dutch society. Contemporary art can be found everywhere, with exhibitions being held all year long. Some of the museums hosting the best exhibitions by contemporary artists are: the Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, the Hallen in Haarlem, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. This last city is also considered a major hot spot for Dutch design.