On a visit to Amsterdam you can see many interesting places including a range of fascinating museums and galleries, historic buildings and beautiful canals.
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Some great places for you to visit in the City might include the following:
In this national Museum, housed in a late 19th building, you can see fascinating and varied collections relating to art and history. Among the beautiful art collections are works from the Dutch Golden Age and include paintings by Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Rembrandt House Museum
This is a house where the artist Rembrandt lived for a number of years in the mid 17th century. You can look around the house, which has been recreated to show how it would have been during the 1600’s. There is also a Museum where you can see exhibits including a number of Rembrandt’s etchings and personal belongings.
Royal Palace of Amsterdam
This grand building was built Jacob van Campen in the 1600’s as a city hall, and was subsequently King Louis Napoleon’s Palace and then a Dutch Royal House Palace. Visitors can see the fine features of the Palace such as the Central Hall with marble floor that has 18th century maps of the Western and Eastern hemispheres showing the City’s colonial importance. Among the works of art in the building are paintings by Govert Flinck and Jan Lievens.
The National Maritime Museum
Situated in a 17th century building which was formerly a storehouse for the navy, at this Museum visitors can see an interesting range of exhibits relating the country’s maritime history. Artefacts you can see here include scale models of vessels, art work, weaponry and historic maps of world, and there is also a replica of the 18th century ship, the Amsterdam.
Artis Royal Zoo
This is a lovely place to visit where you can see a wide variety of creatures including elephants, lions, giraffes and sea lions. As well as a Zoo, the park is also home to an Aquarium where you can see marine creatures from various habitats including a coral reef and the Amazon rainforest. There’s also a huge Butterfly Pavilion with a vast collection of colourful butterflies that you can see flying, and also here you can see a Planetarium which has fascinating displays of the universe.
Van Gogh Museum
Here you can see a range of works by the artist Vincent van Gogh along with contemporary artists in his time. There are more works by van Gogh at this Museum that anywhere else in the world. His works here include The Potato Eaters (1885) and Sunflowers (1889). Other works in the Museum include paintings by Gauguin, Monet, Signac, and Manet and sculptures by Rodin.
This church was built in the 13th century, it’s the oldest building in the City and its roof is Europe’s biggest medieval wooden vault. The artist Rembrandt regularly came here and had his children christened at the church, and his wife is buried here, as well as the artist Johannes Vermeer.
This is a very popular park in the City and was opened in the mid 19th century, and later named after the historic author Joost van den Vondel, whose statue is in the Park. There is a 19th century bandstand and Pavilion in the park, along with an open air theatre which hosts shows during the summer months, including pop and classical concerts and musicals, and other statues in the Park include The Fish by Pablo Picasso which was sculpted in 1965.
The Amsterdam Dungeon
Here you can learn about the dark history of the City with a number of gruesome but funny attractions with actors and a range of shows portraying various scary scenes including the Torture Chamber, the VOC Batavia ship, the Spanish Inquisition and Doctor Deyman’s theatre room, all entertaining with special effects.
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