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Museums in Amsterdam with Free Entry for Children

Are you planning to visit Amsterdam with children? The following is a listing of museums in Amsterdam that give children and young adults free entry.

As you will see below, there is a wide discrepancy of age ranges for museums offering free entrance. By careful planning you could potentially save a significant amount of money.

Amsterdam has a wide-range of museums that can provide visual, historical and educational stimulus for kids as well as plenty of fun activities.

There are 9 museums which give free entrance to those aged 17 and under – Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, EYE Film, Amsterdam Museum, Huis Marseille, Luther Museum, the Royal Palace, Van Gogh Museum and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. These could be the ones to target if you are on a tight budget.

children at the nightwatch rijksmuseum amsterdam
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

There are a further 7 museums offering free entry up to 12 years old including the Diamond Museum, FOAM, Micropia, Oude Kerk (Old Church) and STRAAT Museum.

It should be noted that the museums and attractions that are of particular special interest to children – such as NEMO Science Museum, Artis Zoo and Johan Cruyff ArenA – only allow very young children free entry.

nemo science museum laboratory
NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam

If you wish to visit some of these it may be worth investing in an Iamsterdam City Card for you and your child(ren) – this offers free entry to most of Amsterdam’s main museums and attractions and we have marked this in the table below. You can get value from this card but only if you plan to visit multiple museums.

The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass, free canal cruise and bike rental as well. It costs €65 to €135. Read our full Iamsterdam City Card review here and learn how to maximise the card. iamsterdam cardFree entry to over 40 attractions in Amsterdam including MOCO Museum, NEMO, A’DAM Lookout, Johan Cruijff ArenA Tour, ARTIS Zoo, Rijksmuseum, Hermitage, Nieuwe Kerk, Rembrandt House, Stedelijk and Hortus Botanical Gardens. You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Dutch residents should certainly invest in a Museumkaart for themselves and their children. Since this card is valid on an annual basis it is easy to get good value. Note, this card is difficult for non-residents to purchase.

Many Amsterdam museums offer special activities (such as treasure hunts) for children. Also note that 3 museums (*) have a separate children’s section – the Resistance Museum Junior, the Tropenmuseum Junior and the Jewish Museum Junior.

Free Child Entrance to Museums in Amsterdam (with age range)

MUSEUMCHILD AGES FREE ENTRYIamsterdam CITY Card FREE ENTRY?Museumkaart FREE ENTRY?
Rijksmuseum0-18YesYes
Stedelijk Museum0-18YesYes
EYE Film
0-17YesYes
Luther Museum
0-17YesYes
Huis Marseille
0-17YesYes
Royal Palace
0-17NOYes
Van Gogh Museum
0-17NOYes
Willet-Holthuysen Museum
0-17YesYes
Diamond Museum0-12YesYes
FOAM Photography Museum
0-12YesYes
ARTIS Groote Museum0-12YesYes
ARTIS Micropia0-12YesYes
Oude Kerk
0-12YesYes
STRAAT Museum0-12NONO
Tot Zover Museum0-12YesYes
Van Eesteren Museum0-12NOYes
Cat Cabinet
0-11NONO
Hermitage Amsterdam
0-11YesYes
Nieuwe Kerk
0-11YesYes
Anne Frank House
0-9NOYes
MOCO Museum0-6YesNO
Verzets Resistance Museum *
0-6YesYes
COBRA Museum0-5YesYes
Fashion For Good Museum
0-5NOYes
Jewish Cultural Quarter *
0-5YesYes
Rembrandt House Museum
0-5YesYes
Van Loon Museum
0-5YesYes
Houseboat Museum0-4YesNO
Johan Cruyff ArenA Stadium Tour
0-4YesNO
Nxt Museum0-4NONO
Op Solder Museum0-4YesYes
Het Schip Museum
0-4YesYes
Allard Pierson Museum0-4YesYes
Museum of the Canals
0-3YesYes
Dutch Maritime Museum
0-3YesYes
NEMO Science Museum0-3YesYes
Rembrandt’s Amsterdam0-3NONO
Tropenmuseum *
0-3YesYes
ARTIS Zoo
0-2YesNO

With many museums now charging €15-€20 it certainly makes sense to plan your itinerary in advance and take advantage of the more generous free entry policies.

Last updated 8 September 2022. This article was first published in 2013 and has been regularly updated.

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