Amsterdam Museums Metro-style Map

This is a ‘mash-up’ metro style map which highlights the majority of museums and attractions 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.

amsterdam museums metro-style map

With a total of 92 points, the map illustrates Amsterdam’s rich and diverse collection of museums and attractions.

Amsterdam has one of the highest number of museums per capita in the world.

Please note that these are not real metro lines and the map is not exactly to scale! Go here for the real Amsterdam Metro Map

Our 4 virtual lines are as follows:

  • The blue Central line runs north-south from NXT Museum in Amsterdam Noord to the RAI Amsterdam exhibition centre in the south.
  • The purple Olympic Line runs via the main museum district on Museumplein and past the Olympic Stadium towards Schiphol airport (which has its own small Rijksmuseum exhibition).
  • The green Canal line follows the inner horseshoe ring of the city’s 17th century canal belt. It runs from STRAAT Museum at NDSM wharf in the north-west to Museum Noord in the north-east.
  • The yellow Rembrandt line, named of course after Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, runs from the Embassy of the Free Mind through Amsterdam Central and heads in a south-east direction via the Rembrandt House and along Plantage before terminating at the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost.

We decided the appropriate ‘interchange station’ for the Canal, Central and Olympic lines should be Stadsarchief, the city archives.

If you are curious about any of the stops we have included a brief description of each here:

STRAAT Museum Amazing street art in a 8,000m² former shipping warehouse
AMAZE AmsterdamImmersive audio-visual experience in an old industrial nightclub
van Eesteren MuseumSmall museum pavilion overlooking Sloterplas lake
Het SchipMonumental apartments showcasing Amsterdam School of architecture
Fabrique des LumièresImmersive art exhibitions using cutting-edge projection and music
NoorderkerkNorthern church used for exhibitions and concerts
Electric LadylandQuirky small museum of fluorescent art
Tulip MuseumSmall but in-depth exhibition about tulips
Anne Frank HouseHouse with secret annex where Anne Frank hid in WW2
WesterkerkWestern church and tower that also hosts concerts
Houseboat MuseumA traditional Dutch houseboat open for visitors
Felix MeritisMonumental building and cultural meeting house
Museum of the CanalsHighlights the history of Amsterdam’s canals in a grand house
Huis MarseileContemporary photography museum on the Keizersgracht canal
Pipe MuseumMuseum on the culture of pipe smoking
Cat CabinetMuseum with a unique art collection based around cats
Stadsarchief The Amsterdam city archive and historical documentation centre
Van Loon MuseumDouble canal house and garden open to the public
Willet-Holthuysen HouseGrand canal house from the 17th century
Our HouseMuseum of electronic music culture
H’ART MuseumFormer Hermitage, hosts major exhibitions on art and history
Outsider ArtMuseum of the Mind’s Outsider art collection
Rembrandt House Museum The house where artist Rembrandt van Rijn lived and worked
ARCAMArchitecture Centre Amsterdam hosts exhibitions on urban development
OBA LibraryAmsterdam’s central library on Oosterdok
NEMOScience and technology museum for youngsters in an iconic green building
NEMO StudioSatellite NEMO location with exhibitions aimed at grown ups
Maritime MuseumHet Scheepvaartmuseum showcases Dutch maritime history
OosterkerkEastern church that hosts regular concerts and exhibitions
WONDRFun and immersive pop-up experience in Amsterdam
Museum NoordSmall museum about the development of north Amsterdam
NXT museum‘New media art’ museum with immersive exhibitions
This Is HOLLAND5D flight experience over Dutch landscapes
EYE Film MuseumModern white building with film museum and cinema
A’DAM LookoutPanoramic viewpoint at the A’DAM Toren building
Amsterdam CentraalAmsterdam’s Central Station, a major transport hub
SexmuseumPopular museum exploring sexual themes
Body WorldsExhibition of ‘plastinated’ human bodies
W139Presentation and production space for contemporary art
Nieuwe KerkNew Church on Dam Square hosts regular exhibitions
Royal PalaceThe imposing Royal Palace on Dam Square
Madame TussaudsPopular celebrity wax work museum on Dam Square
Ripley’sRipley’s Believe It or Not exhibition on rarities and oddities
Amsterdam MuseumMuseum on Amsterdam’s history, currently under renovation until 2025
Amsterdam DungeonInteractive group show through dungeons with live actors
Allard PiersonArchaeological museum with ancient artifacts
Torture MuseumMuseum with torture implements from the middle ages
FOAMRenowned Amsterdam photography museum
BonTonTour of a strip-club with a former sex-worker
Heineken ExperienceTour the former Heineken Brewery
De DageraadTake a tour of this Amsterdam School housing complex
The Upside DownInstagram experience which has 25 mind-bending rooms
RAI AmsterdamMain exhibition and convention centre in the city
Schiphol AirportAmsterdam’s international airport
Museum JANVisual arts museum with a focus on glass
CoBrA MuseumMuseum on the Cobra avant-garde art movement
Olympic StadiumHistoric stadium used for the 1928 Olympics
TramwayTake a ride on the museum tramline in Amsterdam
Living Horse MuseumMuseum in the oldest riding school of the Netherlands
StedelijkMuseum for contemporary and modern art and design
Van Gogh MuseumThe largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh works
House of BolsCocktail and genever experience about the Lucas Bols brand
MOCO MuseumModern-contemporary art including Banksy
Diamond MuseumDiamond-themed museum by Royal Coster Diamonds
RijksmuseumAmsterdam’s principal museum with a magnificent art collection
Max Euwe CentreChess themed museum named after a Dutch grandmaster
Rembrandts AmsterdamImmersive audio-visual presentation on Rembrandt’s later years
Embassy of the Free MindMuseum and library promoting freedom of thought
Multatuli MuseumMuseum on the Dutch author who wrote the novel Max Havelaar
Cat BoatA floating sanctuary for stray and abandoned cats
Op Solder MuseumHouse with a hidden Catholic church in its attic
OuderkerkThe old church, Amsterdam’s oldest building
Erotic MuseumErotic-themed museum
Red Light SecretsMuseum of prostitution set in a former brothel
Hash MuseumA museum dedicated to the cannabis plant
ZuiderkerkSouthern church and its tower
Jewish MuseumMuseum on the Jewish faith and its rituals
Portuguese SynagogueHistoric 17th century synagogue
Hortus BotanicusOld botanical gardens with 4,000 plant species
Luther MuseumMuseum on Dutch Lutheran heritage with period rooms
Holocaust MuseumMuseum on the holocaust from a Netherlands perspective
Hollandsche SchouwburgDutch National Holocaust Memorial in a former theatre
Verzets MuseumMuseum about the Dutch resistance in WW2
MicropiaWorld’s first museum about microbes and micro-organisms
ARTISPicturesque zoo in the heart of the city
Groote MuseumMuseum about the connection between all forms of life
Wereldmuseum AmsterdamEthnographic museum about non-Western cultures
Framer FramedPlatform for contemporary art, visual culture, critical theory & practice
Tot ZoverMuseum about death and funeral rituals
OSCAMOpen Space Contemporary Art Museum in the multi-cultural Bijlmer district
Johan Cruijff ArenAFootball stadium home of AFC Ajax named after the Dutch legend
Vrolik MuseumMuseum with anatomical and embryological specimens

Anyway, we hope you find it a fun and useful visual overview on your journey around Amsterdam’s museums!

This is the 4th edition of the Amsterdam Museums metro-style map, published on 11 June 2024.

Concept and design by Previous editions were published 9 Sep 2014 (1st), 6 Nov 2025 (2nd) and 11 Nov 2019 (3rd).

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