Visit our illustrated map of Amsterdam Zuid and the Museum Quarter
Amsterdam Zuid is an extraordinarily picturesque and fashionable area in the south of Amsterdam with some of the cities finest public buildings housing prestigious art collections from around the world. The beautiful narrow streets with historic buildings and specialist shops attract countless visitors every year. Local Amsterdammers and international tourists head for this famous cultural centre, visiting art galleries and restaurants and shopping for fashion items and goods of the highest quality.
The museum quarter centres on the grand formally landscaped walkway - museumplein - stretching from the Rijksmuseum south to the splendid Concertgebouw concert hall. To the west of the museum quarter the magnificent Vondelpark continues the theme of classical landscaping with sweeping panoramas of tree lined avenues and ornamental lakes.
The national museum of the Netherlands specialising in art, craft and history. Designed by architect Pierre Cuypers and opened to the public in 1885 this impressive building houses the famous Rembrandt painting 'The Night Watch' as well as Dutch landscapes, interiors, portraits and still lives from the 17th century (a period known as the Dutch Golden Age). Visitors can view works such as 'The Kitchen Maid' and 'Woman Reading a Letter' by Johannes Vermeer (one of the most respected Dutch painters of this period). The museum also displays a historic collection of art from around the world.
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art
Note: The Stedelijk Museum is closed for rennovations until late 2009. The temporary Stedelijk Museum (Stedelijk Museum CS) is located in the former Post Group building in the 2nd and 3rd floors of the high-rise CS building on Amsterdam's Oosterdokskade.
Designed by AW Weissman and opened in 1895, the 'city museum' of Amsterdam exhibits a wide range of visual art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Main collections include paintings by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, stunning canvases by Vincent van Gogh, pieces by members of the De Stijl movement and works by mid-century American and European artists.
Van Gogh Museum
The main building was designed by Gerrit Rietveld (opened in1973); The Exhibition Wing was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and opened in 1999. This museum houses the world's largest collection of paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh including the famous 'Sunflowers,' 'The Potato Eaters,' 'Bedroom in Arles,' 'Starry Night' and many self-portraits. There are also a considerable number of works by Van Gogh's contemporaries - giving the visitor a strong sense of the life and times of this prolific and ground breaking artist.
Designed by Adolf Leonard van Gendt and opened on 11th April 1888, this grand neoclassical concert hall is home to the acclaimed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Committee for the Concertgebouw Foundation stages around 400 concerts each year including performances from international orchestras, ensembles and musicians. The splendid architecture and superb acoustics are a delight to concert goers and performers alike.
This museum is situated in the Vondelpark and charts the history of film from its creation in 1898 to the present day. It houses 46,000 film titles and a vast collection of photographs, posters, newspaper and magazine articles and film archival material. The museum has an information centre, a shop and runs full entertainment and educational programmes.
Opened in 1865, originally known as Nieuwe Park but renamed Vondelpark two years later to celebrate the life and works of Jon van Vondel (1587-1679). Vondel remains one of the most highly respected Dutch writers of poetry and dramatic works which include 'Palamedes,' 'Gysbrecht van Aemstil' and 'Lucifer.'
The park is an extremely popular as a leisure venue for walking, picnics, open air entertainment and horseback riding. Visitor attractions include:
The Open Air Theatre and The Blue Tea House
There is also a coffee house with a nearby children's play area The Groot Melkhuis