Amsterdam is delightful in the spring! From budding pink tulips, historic museums and contemporary art, to concerts, pubs and cafes, there are so many beautiful places to discover… that will also bestow refuge from the rain.
Welcome to spring, the season of blossoming flowers, slightly longer days and warmer weather! Spring is a nice time to visit Amsterdam, however, this marvelous time of year tends to bring cloudy days, too. But not to worry, without occasional showers, we wouldn’t appreciate everything that spring has to offer!
For those cozy days spent inside watching the rain, check out this list of what to in Amsterdam on a rainy day.
1. Be mesmerized by The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Take advantage of the rain by experiencing some indoor live music. The Concertgebouw (the concert hall) of Amsterdam is an ornate nineteenth-century building with unparalleled main hall acoustics and an antique one-of-a-kind organ. Get tickets to The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, an internationally renowned group characterized by its pioneering spirit and abundance of young musical talent. Feel the warmth of this harmonious experience, and you’ll begin forget it’s wet outside.
2. Have a laugh and meet your heroes at Madame Tussauds!
Internationally known for their realistic wax sculptures of celebrities, luminaries and historical figures. Madame Tussauds museums have recreated everyone from music and television personalities to inspiring political leaders. Roam the Amsterdam Madame Tussauds with your friends or family and take pictures with your favorite artists such as Adele and Ed Sheeran and Hollywood actors like George Clooney and Angelina Jolie.
3. Meet the “rock stars of art” at the Moco Museum
An often overlooked treasure in Amsterdam, this contemporary art museum is dedicated to the movers and the shakers of the art world. The Moco Museum showcases a wide range of exhibitions which are constantly changing. Among the diverse works in the museum you can find Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Picasso. Don’t miss the the riveting Banksy Exhibition honoring the inspiring street artist, on now until 31 May 2018.
4. Discover the Rembrandt House Museum
Explore the original seventh-century home of the famous Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Walk through the rooms inside which Rembrandt revolutionized art. His use of a particular style of light inspired not only his pupils but also artists in the centuries to come. Learn how artists would have worked during this period by watching a daily paint preparation workshop or etching demonstration in Rembrandt’s home studio.
5. Learn about the Dutch Golden Age in The Cromhout House
This stunning seventeenth-century canal-side house was once the home of a rich merchant named Jacob Cromhout during the Dutch Golden Age. During the 1600s, what is now known as the Netherlands was the world’s foremost maritime and economic power due to their acclaimed advances in trade, science, military and art. Explore the iconic history of the region brought to life throughout the ornately decorated Cromhout House as you make your way to the fascinating Biblical Museum located on the upper floors.