Instant Inspiration With The Top 5 Dutch Online Museums

I know, I know. A real-life museum visit is a unique experience that is impossible to replicate online. There is nothing quite like strolling through a museum, enjoying the peace and quiet, and taking your time at each artwork that catches your eye. Seeing famous (or not-so-famous) paintings and sculptures in real life is an amazing experience. But unless you have a limitless budget (wouldn’t that be nice?), you probably won’t be able to enjoy each museum you want to go to in person. Queue the internet!

There are some fantastic online experiences available where you can wander around world-famous museums with the click of a button. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend time when I’m on the couch, with a cat in my lap and a cup of tea in my hands. Because there are so many fantastic places to pay a visit to, and because I went for a visit home to the Netherlands recently, I’m sharing my favorite Dutch virtual museum tours. With art being such a hugely important part of Dutch culture and history, this could quickly become a very long list, so I’ve narrowed it down to my five favorite choices.

The Van Gogh Museum

For Art Lovers:
Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is easily my favorite online museum experience. You can work your way through the museum as a whole, going floor by floor. Alternatively, you can choose to focus on some of their collections, which focus on subjects like Vincent’s love life, his relationship with his brother, and the books he loved.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is home to the world’s largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, the troubled artist who has a truly exceptional view on color. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 letters. Highly recommended.

For Archeology Lovers:
Allard Pierson Museum

The Allard Pierson Museum is the archeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. Here you can explore collections related to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire. I loved the exhibition “Goddesses of Art Nouveau” which includes works by Alphonse Mucha, Jan Toorop, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, among others. They’ve got a great collection that I really enjoyed exploring.

The Rijksmuseum

For Lovers of Objects & Art:
The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands, with over 8,000 objects on display. These include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The museum also has a small Asian collection, which is on display in the Asian pavilion. And their online tours are fantastic. You can wander around the museum, taking a closer look at what catches your eye. Or you can choose a video tour where a guide goes into detail about the objects you pass. Either way, this is a great experience.

For Lovers of Modern & Abstract Art:
The Groninger Museum

The Groninger museum is great if you’re in the mood for modern and abstract art, then you have to visit the Groninger Museum. The art on display is by both Dutch and international artists, and their selection is amazing. I love the work of the Dutch art collective De Ploeg, which is on permanent display at the Groninger Museum. Definitely worth your time!

For Lovers of the Middle Ages:
Jheronimus Bosch

Jheronimus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights is not technically a museum tour but an in-depth look at one of the most famous Dutch works from the late Middle Ages. Known for its high creepiness factor (yes, that’s a technical term), this painting is a super interesting deep dive into the culture and religious beliefs of people in the Netherlands during the 16th century.

You can explore the painting on your own by clicking on parts that catch your eye and listening to the audio that goes along with it, or you can follow the path that the website sets out for you and work your way through all the details and stories systematically.

It’s weird, but worth it!

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