The best Amsterdam museums for couples
Nothing can compare to exploring a new city with the one you love and Amsterdams museums are a wonderful place to start. With its quaint canals and historic houses, Amsterdam has the power to move people. Centuries of creative energy give Amsterdam its endless appeal. But, the romance of Amsterdam is not limited to its canal, houses and bridges. As the birthplace of artists, creatives and sculptors – stories of love are woven into the threads of the city!
If you want to delve deeper into the history and artwork that makes it such a unique destination, your trip is not complete without exploring Amsterdam’s museums.
Whether you long for stories of the golden age or want to admire contemporary art that evokes the feelings of when you first met – Amsterdam’s offerings are as individual as you and your partner.
Take a journey of love through the Rijksmuseum, discover the heartbreak of Van Gogh and step back in time at Anne Frank’s House. Or try one of the more alternative Amsterdam museums – as recommended by a local.
Famous museums in Amsterdam
I’m Rocco. Born in The Netherlands, I have danced and choreographed my way around the world. Upon returning to Amsterdam I directed my passion into guiding. As a creative, love and art are at the centre of everything I do. My selection of the best Amsterdam museums (as well as those to avoid), will help curious travellers feel the magic of this city.
Museums in Amsterdam are extremely popular. It is wise to book in advance online if you are visiting the Van Gogh Museum or Anne Frank’s House.
This classical museum is the most famous in the city. Providing an overview of art in the Netherlands, it focuses especially on the golden age of 1600 to the end of the 1700s when Amsterdam was the richest city in the world. The Rijksmuseum has been through many transformations and renovations and is now counted as one of the most breathtaking museums in the world.
Couples will enjoy wandering through the many rooms and witnessing magnificent paintings, prints and antique objects. The collection includes paintings from Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck Jan Steen and more.
From the tenderness to the art of seduction and even heartache and longing – all stages of love are represented here. The museum even offers a “love tour” for those who want to combine romance and art. Rijksmuseum tickets can be purchased online and on location.
During a visit to the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt’s “Night watch” cannot be missed. See if you can find the hidden expression in this masterwork. The painter left a secret message for his lover! If you are interested in hearing the full story, I share this on my romantic canal tour amsterdam.
My intimate Amsterdam boat tour for couples to discover the city in a new light. Together you will hear stories that speak to the heart, brought to life with carefully chosen music.
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
The path of love does not always run smoothly. Although this talented artist never found lasting love in his lifetime, Van Gogh’s art speaks of the joys and pains of life. Vincent van Gogh certainly did not lack the desire for affection but ultimately his romantic history was shaped by unrequited love and rejection. These tragic tales are detailed in his paintings. While his famous painting Sunflowers celebrates the allure of nature.
The museum features over 200 paintings and drawings divided by periods, starting at the beginning of his life. Walking through the different eras and viewing beautiful and emotive paintings will be a memorable experience for you and your partner.
Van Gogh museum Amsterdam tickets are available online and visitors are given a timeslot. Make sure to book your tickets in advance since this museum is often sold out. On Friday night, the museum hosts a DJ! Take your partner along to enjoy an alternative night of music and dancing amongst some of the most beautiful art in the world.
Anne Frank House Amsterdam
Anne Frank House is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Amsterdam. A visit is a fascinating look into the tragic tale of a young Jewish girl forced to hide during the Second World War. However, those who are unfamiliar with Anne Frank’s diary may not know that a love story happened here as well! While they were hiding in the attic Anne and Peter fell in love and shared their first kiss. You can visit this spot!
I can expand on this story during my romantic canal tour amsterdam, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate to ask me! It is beautiful to think that love blossomed during such a difficult time.
If you want to see this unique museum and secret annexe, make sure to book in advance. Anne Frank house tickets are released online 2 months before. However, if you haven’t managed to do this, don’t fret as 25% of tickets are released online on the day, early in the morning. You may be lucky!
Museums to visit during a romantic weekend
The wonderful thing about exploring museums is that your plans will not be weather dependent. However, with so many activities available in Amsterdam, rain does not have to dampen your spirits or deter couples looking for adventure! As well as delving into our many museums, there are many more romantic things to do in Amsterdam when it rains. This city is enchanting all year round.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
For couples who are interested in contemporary art, the Stedelijk Museum is a wonderful addition to your Amsterdam itinerary. Experience modern visual art and design. Changing exhibitions keep the museum fresh and fascinating. It is also the most popular museum among locals. Make sure to check the schedule to see what exhibitions are on during your trip. The museum is open all year round from 10-6 pm and 10 pm on Fridays, so it is perfect for those who are searching for an after-dinner activity or couples who have just finished my romantic canal tour amsterdam.
Sex Museum Amsterdam
Although the Amsterdam Sex Museum is a very popular attraction with tourists, I would not recommend it. In my opinion, it is an old museum that is very poorly done. However, if you are interested in finding out about the sex industry and how it operates in Amsterdam, I suggest a visit to the superior Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution. Not the most romantic thing to do, but it is interesting as it is the first and only of its kind in the world.
I offer private tours through the red light district, as city council does not allow tours for more than 4 people at a time. Alternatively, you can visit the Prostitution Information Centre to meet real sex workers. This is an educational centre and charity passionate about fostering open conversations about this trade. They are available to answer questions from curious tourists and even offer tours.
Visiting Rembrandt’s Museum is like looking through a window to the past. The artist lived in this house with his wife Saskia before he was declared bankrupt. The house acts not only as a shrine, preserved and filled with his belongings but also as an example of Dutch architecture. Once you step in the door you will have a clear sense of how people lived during the 1600s. Although this house does not contain his paintings (they are present in the Rijksmuseum), you can see his studio, paints and how he created his prints.
If either of you are keen artists, the museum even runs workshops on printmaking. The house is small yet lovingly restored and less busy than most of Amsterdam’s museums. This makes it the perfect location for an intimate date and a taste of Amsterdam’s history.
Amsterdam Cheese Museum
The Amsterdam Cheese Museum is more of a shop and a tourist ploy than a museum per se. However, it can make for a humorous visit! The main floor is a cheese shop, full of free samples. You can also snap a picture of you and your partner in a Dutch cheesemaker’s outfit!
However, if you were looking for a romantic cheese tasting experience, my pick would be Proelfokaal. During this traditional tasting, experts will explain how the cheeses are made and you will be able to try a selection of homemade treats.
Banksy Museum Amsterdam
The Banksy or actually named the Moco Museum is one of Amsterdam’s newer museums. It was founded a few years ago to attract a younger audience. Boutique in design, the Moco has made its home in a townhouse overlooking Museumplein. Featuring offerings from artists like Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol – their wide collection of art uses humour to reflect on modern society.
It is the perfect haunt for fans of the elusive British street artist. Their Banksy selection is unparalleled. Striking street art, indoor works and canvas pieces – Banksy fans will delight at the political and often amusing displays.
Exhibitions change regularly but the Moco Museum Amsterdam only focuses on proven artists with unique and subversive visions, so you will be sure to find one for you and your partner to enjoy.
Heineken Museum Amsterdam
If you and your significant other love beer, then it makes sense than this brewery turned interactive tour would be part of your Amsterdam itinerary. While the experience can be enjoyable, it is usually very crowded!
Remember that Amsterdam has a lot of small local breweries. Brouwerij ‘t IJ and Brouwerij de Prael might provide a more authentic and intimate experience, more suitable for couples. Sample seasonal and classic Dutch craft beer or join a tour. Quality beer and good company – what more could you want?
Beautiful Amsterdam museums
NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam
This museum may be designed for children but if you like to be playful together and love science then why not? However, my advice would be to shun the museum itself and visit the rooftop for a beautiful view of the city. It is a truly magical place to watch the sun dip below the horizon. Watching the sunset over the city is one of the most romantic things you can do with your partner.
If you’re interested in discovering more rooftops in Amsterdam, make sure to download my free guide to romantic things to do for couples.
Hidden Museums recommended by a local
Museum Van Loon
Still privately owned by the aristocratic Van Loon family, this museum offers you a chance to see the inside of a patrician house, which are seen often in the centre of Amsterdam. Fine paintings, beautiful reception rooms and painted food in the kitchen give a unique glimpse into Dutch life.
Botanical gardens Amsterdam
Find some solitude at one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. The garden is as historic as it is alluring. Opened in 1638, it was previously a herb garden for doctors and apothecaries!
This tranquil greenery is not only home to beautiful exotic plants and butterflies, but is a popular place for marriage proposals and weddings! What could be more romantic than a private moment by the Hortus bridge, surrounded by flowers and the divine scent of nature?
Your romantic break in Amsterdam
With so many museums, art and history to discover in Amsterdam, you may feel spoiled for choice. I hope I have helped you find the best Amsterdam museums to suit your interests.
As a passionate local guide, I organise bespoke tours to help couples fall in love with Amsterdam and each other – all over again! I also have helped plan many anniversaries, honeymoons and marriage proposals in this beloved city. I’d be delighted to help you arrange a romantic surprise, whatever your needs or budget. Come with me and uncover a side to Amsterdam you’ve never seen before!
With Love from Amsterdam