Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, (Municipal Museum Amsterdam) is a contemporary museum dedicated to modern art and design. With over 250,000 visitors a year, Stedelijk Museum is among the most visited museums in Amsterdam, right behind Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House.
If you’re interested in visiting one of the country’s largest collections of contemporary art, then the Stedelijk Museum is an excellent place to visit.
What is Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam?
The construction of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam started in the 1890s. It 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.
What to See at Stedelijk Museum
There is much to see at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam! The museum offers both permanent collections as well as temporary shows and exhibits.
The permanent collection includes:
- Works of applied art
- New media (digital)
Be sure to check the calendar of the museum to see whether there is any exhibit that you might be interested in. If you’re interested in a specific artwork, it’s 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 Visit
Get the most out of your visit to Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam with our travel 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.
If 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. However, if you’re only interested in visiting Stedelijk Museum and a few smaller sites, you might be better off purchasing an individual ticket. Check out our I amsterdam review.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How to Get There
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is easily accessible by car or public transport. It’s located at the Museum Square (Museumplein), where many of Amsterdam’s best museums are located.
Address: Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam.
- Public transport: You can quickly get around Amsterdam by public transport (metro and tram), which is by the way included in the I amsterdam City Card, too. From 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 the Stedelijk Museum.
- Car: We don’t recommend driving in Amsterdam. That’s because Amsterdam is quite crowded and getting around by car can be time consuming. Besides, parking is very limited and expensive. If you prefer to drive however, the best way is to park your car at Museumplein, the square where Stedelijk Museum (and many other museums) are located.
- By Bike or on Foot: If the weather is good and we have time, we like to walk around Amsterdam. If you’re visiting Amsterdam as a tourist, I recommend you to do so too. That’s because you’ll get to see a lot of the city when walking. Biking from the Amsterdam Central Station to Stedelijk Museum takes just over 15 minutes via the S100. On foot, it takes about 35 minutes to reach the museum, which is just over three kilometers away from the Amsterdam Central Station.
By the way: Stedelijk Museum translated to Municipal Museum in Dutch. If you’re coming from another city, make sure to search for the museum’s full name, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, or just copy over the address. Otherwise you might end up at a Stedelijk Museum in the wrong city.
Food and Drinks
Food and drinks are NOT allowed inside the museum. If you’re really hungry, you can have a meal at the museum’s TEN Restaurant or a snack at The Zadelhoff café. We usually don’t eat at the museum itself, but head to the city center for lunch after our visit.
The museum is very wheel-chair friendly.
As in most museums, dogs are not allowed inside the museum apart from registered service dogs.
How Long Time to Visit
Most people spend about three hours at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. If you’re museum hopping and just want to have a glimpse of what this museum has to offer, you can plan about one hour here. This will give you a good first impression of the Stedelijk Museum and allows you to see the highlights.
In the Area
Amsterdam is popular for its museums. When visiting Stedelijk Museum, you’re just a few meters away from other world-famous museums which are located at Museumplein. You can perfectly combine a visit to Stedelijk Museum with one or two other museums. Be sure to check out our article on the 12 Best Museums in Amsterdam.