One of the public squares in Amsterdam that is surrounded by museums is Museumplein. Located in the Museumkwartier (Museum Quarter) neighborhood, Museumplein is home to several major museums, including the Moco Museum. This contemporary art museum, which is housed in a beautifully renovated 19th-century townhouse, showcases works by artists such as Banksy, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Museumplein is also home to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. Visitors can purchase a Museumplein ticket, which grants them access to all four museums on the square. Other notable public squares in Amsterdam that are surrounded by museums include Rembrandtplein and Dam Square. In addition to the “Museumplein” square, Amsterdam offers other squares that share the company of museums. Keep in mind that in this city almost everything is considered art, so you can come across unique museums such as the cheese museum or the museum of electronic music.
Squares you should visit
Rembrandtplein, Dam Square and Leidseplein are popular in Amsterdam. These squares are also surrounded by some of the city’s most important and internationally renowned museums. Rembrandtplein square is very close to the Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam Museum, and Hermitage Amsterdam. Dam Square is home to the Royal Palace, National Monument, and only a short walk from NEMO Science Museum. Leidseplein square is home to the Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam Tulip Museum, Electric Ladyland Museum, and Houseboat Museum. These museums cover a wide range of subjects, including art, history, science, and technology. They are located within Amsterdam’s city center and are easily accessible on foot or by public transportation. It should take about 15-30 minutes to walk between these squares, or you can take a tram or bus to get there more quickly.
Less popular squares surrounded by museums
Spui, Westermarkt, and Nieuwmarkt are less-known squares but equally surrounded by museums. Some of the museums located near Spui include the Jewish Historical Museum, the Dutch Resistance Museum, and the Allard Pierson Museum. Near Westermarkt, visitors can find the Amstelkring Museum, also known as the “Our Lord in the Attic” museum, which is a hidden 17th-century Catholic church located in a canal house; and the Willet-Holthuysen Museum, a 19th-century canal house that has been turned into a museum. Nieuwmarkt is home to the Dutch Cheese Museum, which offers a look at the history and production of Dutch cheese; and close to the EYE Film Museum, which is dedicated to film and cinema. Other museums in the area include the Dutch Theatre Museum.