2014 was another bumper year for Amsterdam museums with visitor numbers up significantly from 2013. Not surprisingly, the new Rijksmuseum led the way with 2.5 million visitors ahead of the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House.
The following are the top 12 visited museums in Amsterdam last year – figure sources come from the museums themselves – either via press release or direct contact.
1. Rijksmuseum (2.5 million) – record year with the re-opening of the Philips Wing giving a late boost to the figures. Significantly, over half of the visitors (55%) were Dutch residents.
2. Van Gogh Museum (1.6 million) – a good year for the Van Gogh with around 200,000 more visitors than 2013, despite ongoing renovation work at the Kurokawa wing. 17% of visitors were Dutch – the next most popular visitor nationalities were from Italy (12%), France (10%), USA (9%) and UK (8%).
3. Anne Frank House (1.227 million) – a record amount of visitors for the fifth consecutive year, the Anne Frank house is now firmly over the million mark thanks to its long opening hours. Has a very international visitor base with 16% from the USA, 13% from UK and 11% from the Netherlands.
4. Stedelijk (800,000) – also a record year for the expanded Stedelijk modern art museum. In 2014 it held a number of special exhibitions (such as Marcel Wanders and Marlene Dumas) which attracted plenty of interest and boosted attendance.
5. NEMO (588,000) – the children’s science museum also celebrated record figures with an 8% increase from last year’s visitors.
6. Hermitage (375,000) – the Hermitage bucks the trend with visitor numbers slightly lower (1.5%) than last year.7. Maritime Museum (322,000) – the Scheepvaartmuseum also saw a small (2%) decrease in visitor admissions.
8. Jewish Cultural Quarter (282,000) – a record year for the Jewish Cultural Quarter which comprises the Jewish Historical Museum, Portuguese Synagogue and Hollandsche Schouwburg.
9. Rembrandt House (237,000) – approaching a quarter of a million visitors, a record year for the Rembrandt House which gets it into the top 10.
10. Amsterdam Museum (220,000) – figures do not include the nearly 600,000 people that passed through the freely accessible Schuttersgalerij (Civic Guards’ Gallery) at the museum nor the 55,000 that visited the Willet Holthuysen house – also run by Amsterdam Museum.
11. Nieuwe Kerk (203,000) – an excellent year for the New Church on Dam Square with visitor numbers breaking the 200,000 barrier.
12. FOAM (197,000) – the popular photography museum posted very good attendance figures, not quite surpassing the record year which was 208,000 in 2011.