For a bit of fun we have designed a metro-style map highlighting the majority of museums in Amsterdam.
With a sprinkle of inspiration from some of the world’s iconic metro maps, this unique map gives you a visual perspective of the city’s museums loosely based on their geographical location. Please note that these are not real metro lines although we have added a couple of stations. Our 3 fictional lines include the following:
The blue Central line which runs north-south from EYE Film/Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam Noord to the Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre in the south. There is also the Olympic Branch which runs via the major museums on Museumplein and Olympic Stadium towards Schiphol airport and Amstelveen.
The green Canal line follows the inner horseshoe ring of the city’s 17th century canal belt. It runs from Het Schip (Amsterdam School of architecture) in the north-west to the Press Museum in the north-east. We decided the appropriate interchange station for the Canal and Central lines should be Stadsarchief, the city archives.
The pink Rembrandt line, named of course after Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, which runs from Multatuli museum through Amsterdam Central and heads in a south-east direction via the Rembrandt house (interchange station) and along Plantage before terminating at the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost.
New for version 2 of the map: Tolhuistuin (added to EYE Film stop), Body Worlds (replaces Damrak), Special Collections (added to Allard Pierson stop), De Dageraad, Amsterdam RAI, Olympic Stadium (replaces closed Olympic Experience), Amsterdam Zuid station, Schiphol airport (which has its own small Rijksmuseum) and Museum Jan van der Togt.
Amsterdam has a rich and varied collection of museums – with a total of 71 stops on the map, you can imagine it took us a bit of time to formulate the design concept. Anyway, we hope you find it a fun and useful visual overview!
Version 2 published 6th November 2015 (first edition published 9th September 2014)