Museumplein is a city park and square that is located just south of the centre of Amsterdam. The square owes its name to the Rijksmuseum, which opened in 1885. Over the years the square has been used by Amsterdammers for recreation. The lawns invite you to picnic, frisbee and play football. Tourists use the square to rest and as a meeting place for bus holidays. There are also various events taking place on Museumplein. Such as De Parade and the Uitmarkt. Around Museumplein there are various cultural attractions, such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Moco Museum and the Concertgebouw.
The Rijksmuseum is one of the 16 Rijksmusea in the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum has been housed in the Rijksmuseum building since 1885. The Rijksmuseum's collection offers an overview of Dutch history and art, including works by Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt. The Rijksmuseum's collection is based on the art collection that the stadholder's family had built up over the centuries. The Rijksmuseum building has over 80 rooms. They include paintings, sculpture, prints and Asian art. Highlights include The Night Watch, The Milkmaid, The Threatened Swan and Portrait of a Girl in Blue.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is entirely dedicated to the work of Vincent van Gogh. The collection contains seven hundred letters, five hundred drawings and more than two hundred paintings by Van Gogh. The museum opened in 1973 as a national museum. Nowadays the museum is an independent foundation. The paintings are part of the Dutch National Art Collection. Many of Vincent van Gogh's well-known works can be found in the Van Gogh Museum. Like The yellow house, Sunflowers, The bedroom and The potato eaters.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam opened its doors in 1895. The museum is a museum of contemporary and modern art and design. Since 1874, the museum has collected almost 90,000 objects. All the major art movements of the 20th and 21st century can be found here. The Stedelijk Museum building is particularly recognizable by the wing that opened in 2012, nicknamed De Badkuip.
The Modern Contemporary Museum Amsterdam (Moco Museum in short) is a private museum located on Museumplein in Villa Alsberg. The museum is a museum of modern and contemporary art. The Moco Museum houses exhibitions by Andy Warhol and graffiti artist Banksy.
The Royal Concertgebouw was opened in 1888 and is home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. There are 4 concert halls in the Concertgebouw: The Small Hall, Large Hall, Mirror Hall and Small Hall. During the 125th anniversary celebrations in 2013, the Concertgebouw received the Royal designation. Every year about 800 concerts take place with about 850,000 visitors.
You can rent bikes from Van der Valk Amsterdam-Amstel which you can use in just 15 minutes cycling on the Musemplein!