Amsterdam – Attractions

Invaluable Stuff:

The iamsterdamcard is like the Museum pass of Paris giving you discounts and free entrance to most of what you would want to see. It also includes free park and ride (the best parking option out there) and a free canal boat tour.

Fun Stuff

Madame Tussauds
a huge wax museum located on the Dam square in the center of Amsterdam just 10 minutes from the train station and a few minutes from the Canal Ring

WARNING: There is a scary area of Madame Taussads. There is a mirror where a man will jump out and warn you that the next area is for ages 12 and older. There are two paths. For younger children or people who do not care to be scared, you’ll take the yellow path. Others can take the scary path. People hidden in that area will actually reach out and touch you or grab you. Both paths lead to the same place, so it is easy for people split up to meet.

The Amsterdam Dungeon
Historical, scary, and fun, these 1.5 hour tours give you the gruesome history of the torture there and includes amusement park rides as well. (Not suitable for nervous children or kids under 10)

Historical Stuff

Amsterdam Historical Museum
Kalverstraat 92
Rates: Adults 7E, Children 6 – 18 3.50E, Under 6 Free
Hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1700; Weekends and national holidays 1100-1700
Closed: 1 Jan, 30 April, 25 December. Close at 1600 on 5, 24, and 31 December,

Anne Frank House
Rates: Adults 7.50E, 10-17 3.50 Euros, Age 9 and below is free.
Hours: March 15 to September 14 daily from 0900-2100, Saturdays from 0900- 2200. In July and August 0900 – 2200; September 15 to March 14 daily from 0900-1900.
Note: My 13 year old really enjoyed her time here and would go back. She said it was really interesting and worth seeing.

Jewish Historical Museum
Rates: Adults 7.50E, Children 13-17 3E (more online)
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m (also 25 and 26 December), 1 January 12 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed: Jewish New Year (30 September and 1 October 2008) and Yom Kippur (9 October 2008)

National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Prinsengracht 112
Open Daily: 1000-1800

Educational Stuff

Rates: 3 and under free, all others 11.50 Euro
Hours: Tues-Sunday 1000-1700; Open on Mondays during NL school holidays (Easter and Pinksterdag) and during the school vacation months of June, July, and August.
30 April, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Target age group: 6-16

“The first floor was the best. It had the coolest stuff.” -7th grade

On the third floor of the Nemo, there is a corner with a sign marked for 12 and older. This is a sex area with a place where it shows French kissing with the tongues moving and another area with wooden dolls (not anatomically correct) in different sexual positions, labelled with the name of the position.

Art Stuff

Rijks Museum
Open: Every day from 9:00 to 18:00, on Fridays from 9:00 to 20:30
Closed: 1 Jan
Rates: Adults 10E, 18 and under free

Van Gogh Museum
Location: On the Museumplein in Amsterdam between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The museum entrance is at Paulus Potterstraat 7.
Rates: Adults: € 10 until 30 june 2008. From 1 July 2008: € 12,50. 13-17 years: € 2.50
0-12 years: free admission
Hours: daily 10.00 to 18.00, Friday 10.00 to 22.00
Closed 1 January

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