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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Museum of Modern Art
Incredeble collections of modern art.
Every few weeks a special exhibition.
(saw a great exhibition about industrial design of the 50's)