- Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem: A destination of choice for many art lovers visiting The Netherlands, this museum is located in a splendid old almshouse, which is almost as much reason to visit as the stunning display of Frans Hals’s civic guards portraits in the banqueting hall.
- Geementemuseum den Haag, The Hague: The Hague’s major museum showstopper is extensive enough to keep visitors going all day. Housed in a sparse brick gallery designed by feted architect H.P. Berlage, the treasures on show range from priceless Delftware to peerless contemporary painting.
- Het Grachtenhuis, Amsterdam: Tucked away behind an elegant 17th-century facade, this is a little cracker of a museum that brings Amsterdam’s history to life through clever interactive exhibits, sound, and film. It’s an ideal place to start your exploration of the Canal Ring.
- Mauritshuis, The Hague: Set in a former ducal palace, the Mauritshuis reopened in June 2014 after a thorough facelift and the building of more exhibition space underground. It has a small but stellar collection of Dutch Old Master paintings.
- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam: Yet another of Holland’s superlative art collections, Rotterdam’s premier art museum is one of Europe’s finest and relates the story of western art from medieval times to present day. Collections span works from Pieter Breughel to Man Ray.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: With the finest collection of Dutch Old Masters in the world, the Rijksmuseum has had a long and expensive facelift and is once more, and deservedly so, the first stop for most visitors to Amsterdam. Just be sure to get there early to escape the lines or book in advance online to secure a time slot for your visit.
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: The museum with the world’s largest collection of works by tortured artist Vincent van Gogh—200 paintings and counting—is flooded with natural light, and all the signage is multilingual. Everything a gallery should be.
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