Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, located at the Museumplein (Museum Square) in Amsterdam, is a prominent establishment dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. Construction of the museum started in the 1890s and was spearheaded by Sophia Adriana de Bruyn, a private collector of art, jewelry, antiquities, and others. When the museum opened in September 1895, unsurprisingly, most of the works on display were from de Bruyn’s collection.
In the 1930s, the museum started to actively acquire art, and in the 1960s, the Society for the Formation of a Public Collection of Contemporary Art (Vereeniging tot het Vormen van een Verzameling van Hedendaagsche Kunst or VVHK), handed over its vast art collection to the museum. This included works from such prominent artists such as George Hendrik Breitner, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Vincent van Gogh.
Today, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam holds nearly 90,000 works of art. Visiting it is almost like a study of the most important changes in art and design in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – What to Expect
There is much to see at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Municipal Museum Amsterdam). In its permanent collection are paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, works of applied art, and new media (digital). Various temporary shows and exhibits are also scheduled at the museum throughout the year, so check their calendar to see what’s going on.
Our Tip: It’s always a good idea to check the museum site’s calendar as sometimes popular collections are not on display due to building renovation, art restoration, etc.
Plan Your Journey
Get the most out of your Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam visit with the following practical information and tips.
Admission and Tickets
As of this writing, tickets are priced at €20 for adults and €15 for students. Note that you need to book a specific date to enter the museum (but not a specific time slot). Once inside the museum, you’re free to explore all that’s on display for as long as you want.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is open daily from 10:00 AM to 6 PM.
How to Get There
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is easily accessible by car or public transport. Address: Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam.
The best way to drive to Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is to use Google Maps or any GPS system. Once you reach Amsterdam, just follow the signs pointing to the Museumplein.
Our Tip: As the Museumplein is very popular, parking can be an issue. Check out our article Amsterdam Parking – All You Need to Know for helpful tips.
By Public Transport
From the Amsterdam Central Station, take Tram 2 or Tram 12 to Amstelstation and exit at the Museumplein. From there, it’s just a 2-minute walk to Stedelijk.
By Bike or on Foot
If you feel like it, you can also just bike or walk to Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Biking from the Amsterdam Central Station takes just over 15 minutes via the S100. On foot, it would take about 35 minutes to reach the museum, which is just over three kilometers away from the Amsterdam Central Station.
Food and Drinks
Food and drinks are NOT allowed inside the museum. You can, however, have a meal at the museum’s TEN Restaurant or a snack at The Zadelhoff café.
The museum is very wheel-chair friendly. But if you need to reserve one, please note that there’s a limited number available, so you need to make a reservation (by calling +31 020 5732 911 ) to ensure you have access to one during your visit.
Dogs are NOT allowed inside the museum apart from registered service dogs.
The average time it takes to explore Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is three (3) hours.
Our Tip: You’re already at the world-famous Museumplein in Amsterdam! So, if you have time or are planning to stay a few days in this beautiful Dutch capital, read our article 12 Best Museums in Amsterdam 2022 to see other museums you can visit.
I amsterdam City Card
Did you know that entry to Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is already included in the I amsterdam City Card? So if you have this card, all you need to do is make a booking. If not, and you plan on visiting other Amsterdam attractions, we highly recommend you get the I amsterdam City Card. You will truly save a lot with this card during your trip.