An Art Lover's Guide to Amsterdam

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An Art Lover's Guide to Amsterdam

There is no arguing that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting destinations on Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find so much to do and see during your time there. Boasting more art galleries and museums per square kilometer than any other city in the world, Amsterdam proves to be the ultimate destination for the art lovers in your group. To make the most of your time, we are sharing a few of our favorite must-dos for any Art and Culture lover.  

Get an Immersive Experience with John Paul Thornton 
We are beyond excited to extend our upcoming 2024 River Cruise along the Rhine with an Amsterdam Art Tour led by John Paul Thornton. Even if you are not going on the River Cruise with us, you can join John Paul for this great three-day art adventure June 10-13, 2024. John Paul is a passionate speaker who brings art history to life. He has received honors from the United Nations Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Congress for his work as an artist, educator, and speaker dedicated to creating internationally recognized art projects that shine a light on humanity.

A Morning at the Rijksmuseum 
Start your morning with a tour of the Rijksmuseum. Upon arriving at the famous museum, an expert guide will help you navigate the largest and most renowned collection of Dutch and Flemish art and artifacts in the world, now arranged to reveal the history of Dutch art. Not only is this museum an absolutely stunning example of architecture in Amsterdam, but you'll also find the country's most famous artists exhibited here.

Visit the Van Gogh Museum 
Make sure to take time to walk to the Museumplein, where you'll explore the Van Gogh Museum. Housing the world's most extensive collection of works by famed 19th-century Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, this is a MUST for any Amsterdam itinerary. As John Paul describes, "You'll enjoy the inspiring treasures of the Van Gogh Museum. Vincent's life and passions come to life as we gaze upon hundreds of his greatest works of drawing and painting. His peasants, sunflowers, and turbulent visions are aimed at our heart."

Explore the Museum Van Loon 
Along the Keizersgrach, housed in a historic Dutch home, you'll find the Museum Van Loon. In John Paul's words, "emerging into the light with renewed purpose, a quiet visit to the elegant Museum Van Loon, with its 18th century interior, artworks and garden will show us how elegance thrived in old Holland." The home's first resident was one of Rembrandt's students, Ferdinand Bol. The amazing part about the home is that the interior has been so greatly preserved over the last few centuries that it feels like you are walking back in time to the 17th century.

The itinerary for our River Cruise is going to be an Art Lover's Dream, and we can't wait to experience it with you. So, if you're ready to see Amsterdam in a whole new way… click here to schedule your planning call and see how you can join us for the trip of a lifetime!