Art galleries to visit in the Netherlands

If you’re only here for a short stay but want to catch the best of the Netherland’s art scene, head straight for Museumplein in Amsterdam. Many of the best Amsterdam gallery and museum buildings are as fascinating as the art they contain, whether centuries-old or cutting-edge examples of contemporary design. The city’s largest square is home to four museums showcasing more Dutch Masters than you can probably handle – plus a healthy dose of modern and contemporary art. 

If you’ve got more time, however, you’ll appreciate the chance to discover art across all the city’s coolest neighborhoods, from Russian treasures to movie posters or digital deep dives into the city’s past. Below you can find some recomendations of places that inspire us.

Moco Museum

The Moco Museum is a private boutique museum with a wide range of inspiring modern and contemporary art. You can visit it in many cities around the world such as Amsterdam, Ney York etc. With artists like Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, JR, KAWS, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, and more, we offer visitors an unparalleled collection of subversive art in which irony and humor are used to reflect on modern society. A one-of-a-kind experience aimed at a wide audience, a visit to Moco is a true eye-opener.


Online shop is also avaliable, for true shopogolics to bring some spirit at home

EYE Film Institute

This is the most important center for film and cinematography in the Netherlands. The permanent collection includes films, movie posters, and projection equipment. There are also 95,000 photos taken on the sets of films like ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’. The striking institute building dominates the northern waterfront and is worth the free ferry ride alone. 

This spring 2020, Eye Filmmuseum is presenting a major solo exhibition of work by Chantal Akerman. Akerman was one of the first film directors who made the switch to visual art. She rose to fame in the 1970s as a feminist avant-garde filmmaker, and midway through the 1990s she discovered the possibilities of the art gallery. In 1995 she created a large spatial installation on 24 monitors based on D’Est, a film she originally made as a documentary. This marked the start of her ‘second career’ within the world of visual art.


(c) Foam

This excellent photography museum, located in a renovated canal house, holds regular exhibitions that rotate every couple of months and showcase emerging talent alongside established shutter-button maestros. They also organise talks and events for the photographically obsessed and publish their own magazine. Note that the museum does not accept cash, so pay by card or buy your ticket online in advance.


Extraordinarily pure Dutch art. With a Jacksart you can fill yourself as a real creator. You need to travel away from Amsterdam ~100km to Apeldoorn to view Jack’s unique artwork. Be amazed by the most beautiful art that splashes off the wall as true statements! So it worse it.


Amsterdam is once again playing host to talent from all around the world when it stages the fifth Amsterdam International Art Fair on 20th and 21st of August 2021 at the amazing Beurs van Berlage. Proudly partnered with the Wall Street Journal and is widely promoted throughout the city and on international level. It is not unusual for celebrities, and known art collectors and art critics to visit.

Amsterdam International Art Fair is the international art fair in the Dutch city that brings over 150 exhibitors from around the globe for Amsterdam to enjoy! Attracting art galleries, cultural institutions, art critics and collectors. Offering over 3,000 art pieces on display for exhibition and sale, this is a prime opportunity to immerse oneself into a rich collection of global art either as investor, dealer or purchaser at de Beurs van Berlage.


FRIDAY 21ST AUGUST 2021 : 18.00 – 21.00 PRIVATE VIEW (by invitation only or ticket holders)
SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST 2021 : 11.00 – 18.00 PUBLIC DAY (free entry)