It is a good choice to take a boat tour. If you have an I Amsterdam card, it is free.
I picked the one near to the Central Station. Its tour starts in front of the station and goes to the back side. You see Nemo, Stedelijk Museum,etc. Then the boat enters to the inner canals. You can listen to the recorded audio guide in many languages while you are watching the scene. Audio guide follows the route and fits to the speed of the boat.
You can learn something about the history of Amsterdam. Guide told about the names of the canals and we passed all the important ones. I learned that Amstel is a river and the only natural canal in this city.
It is built in 1895 (neorenaissance style designed by A.W. Weissman) to house the works which were given to the city from Sophia de Bruyn. However since 1938 it is a national museum for modern art, where you can find works from Picasso, Matisse, Mondriaan, Cézanne en Monet. There are also regularly temporary exhibitions.
Due to the renovation and expansion of the building is the Stedelijk Museum closed.
Museum is now located in former TPG Building (the post group) - near Central Station.
The temporary address is: Oosterdokskade 3-5, Amsterdam
THIS MUSEUM REOPENED AT SEPTEMBER 23, 2012.
The Stedelijk Museum is the Amsterdam Museum of modern art.
When I was young I saw the Campbell soup can pictures by Andy Warhol and much more sixties pop art.
The Museum normally is at the Museum square, together with its bigger brothers, the Van Gogh - and Rijksmuseum.
The building is has been reconstructed for several years and a complete new and modern building has been added to the old museum building.
Mo-We: 10AM - 6PM
Th: 10AM - 10PM
Fr-Su: 10AM - 6PM
Admission: Euro 15.00 (adult)
I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. After the dissappointment of not being able to go the Rijksmuseum (temporarily closed to clean asbestos out), the Stedelijk cheered me up. It houses a wonderful collection that includes some Chagall, Picasso, deKooning, Mondrian as well as some wonderful pieces from lesser known artists. I was particularly fascinated with some of the amazing photographs.
UPDATE: The Stedelijk is no longer on the Museumplein but down by the waterfront and the Nemo.
The motto of the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam is "We Show Art" and that is what they do by having changing exhibitions of contemporary artists.
The location is a a former clothing workshop.
Tu - Su: 11AM - 5PM
Comprises a large part of the collection of modern art belonging to the City of Amsterdam. This diverse collection includes paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, graphic design, applied arts, industrial design and new media.
Amsterdam's "MOMA" - its Museum of modern and contemporary art - is temporarily located (at least until 2010) in the "POST CS" building - an old office and warehouse center for the post office. Lots of interesting temporary exhibits are being staged here while large-scale renovations are being made to the permanent building located close to the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein.
The Post CS building was designed by a famous modernist, Piet Elling, and is considered to be a classic of its type. My friend and I didn't have a chance to go to the Stedelijk, even though there was an interesting exhibit of modern news photography that I would have liked to see. However, we did pay a visit to the club on the 11th floor - quite nice!
The City Museum Amsterdam is a museum for modern art. It is located at Museum Square, close to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, but actually I didn't visit it ecause I had no time. There were special exhibitions when I was there because it's historical building has been reopened in 2008 after a big renovation.
El Museo Municipal de Ámsterdam es un museo de arte moderno. Se encuentra en la Plaza de los Museos, junto al Rijksmuseum y el Museo de Van Gogh, pero verdaderamente no lo visité porque no tuve tiempo. Cuando estuve allí había exposiciones especiales para festejar la reapertura de su edificio histórico en 2008, que había sido objeto de importantes renovaciones.
Just East of the Central Station, in chronological order you'll find; Amsterdam Botel (Boat+Hotel), Bibliotek (public library), Stedelijk CS, NEMO Museum, VOC Ship Amsterdam, and Scheepvaart Museum. You can also take the panoramic view of the bay (for free) on top of the NEMO Sky Lounge.
The Stedelijk museum of modern art is the most important museum of modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands. It is a dynamic museum that presents developement in the visual arts. A number of works are permanently on view from the Stedelijk Museum's renowns collection of paintings and sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, graphic design, applied art and design.
There are always a number of frequently changing exhibitions on view as well. Large reprospectives featuring well known artists, as well as small shows presenting younger artists. In short, a museum dedicated to the new.
And this is THE Museumplein here in Amsterdam where ALL the great Dutch musuems are housed side-by-side one another:-
(1) the world famous Rijksmuseum.
(2) the Stedelijk Museum for lovers of modern art.
(3) and, who can miss the Van Gogh Museum?
So, what are you waiting for?
Some must-sees are the Anne Frank House (on Prinsengracht), the Vondelpark (especially in spring and summer), the Stedelijk Museum and the Museumplein. Also, a boat trip is great, since you can explore the city from the canals and get some additional information. For the low budget travellers: for about 2 EUR, you buy a round trip ticket on tram 20, that makes a circle through town and passes most of the interesting parts of Amsterdam. You can hop off whenever you see something that asks for further exploration and hop back on whenever you want (within a certain time frame).
Also, a stroll along the canals (preferably early in the morning) is something that I would really recommend. Try to look upwards as much as possible, the houses have beautiful details.
Amsterdam as a whole is pretty unique: the old canal houses, the open mindedness of the people, the great variety of arts and culture, the parks, everything! And for some of you, the red light district and the smoking, but be sure to see more of this city!
Stedelijk Museum contains art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with changing exhibitions every few months.
While we were there in March('01) Dennis Hopper had a large exhibition of photos, paintings, montage art, and 'constructions'. By far his photography is the most interesting (and accomplished) of the stuff. It's remarkable the places he seemed to find himself in throughout the turbulent 60's.
Ice Skating on the Canals happens very rarely. Winters in A'dam just don't get cold enough on average. This is actually an outdoor skating rink behind the Rijksmuseum and it's kept frozen by large, noisy chillers. The music was blaring loud enough on the 'plein that they were hardly noticeable though.
If you squint and use your imagination, you can pretend they're skating on the canals. Heck, if you take your picture carefully enough you may be able to convince your friends back home that it is a canal!
Museum Square : Without doubt this is the most cultural square in Europe.
Here you find a number of cultural buildings of international class: The Rijksmuseum,
Stedelijk museum, Van Gogh museum and the Concert building.