Free Walking Tours
If you’re keen to see the city’s sights and learn more about the history, from a hyper- informed tour guide, look no further than the fun and free services of Sandeman Tours. No fee is demanded for the several-hour long, guided city exploration – instead they simply request that you tip your guide if you think they did a good job.
Free Walking Tours
Since the opening in 1985 of the in Amsterdam, almost a million interested people have visited this permanent exhibition. Each year, some 95,000 visitors from all parts of the world come to this exceptional centre of culture and knowledge, located at 148 Oudezijds Achterburgwal in the heart of the Red-Light District. As its name suggests, the Museum is dedicated to the cannabis plant and its many uses. The Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum is unique in the world, and offers a true voyage of discovery – one that fits perfectly with any visit to Amsterdam.
10:00 – 23:00
€ 9 per adult
Free for children
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148
Tram stop: De Dam.
5-minute walk from Central Station.
They have a small website which is to be found here
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
Read more at the Van Gogh Museum
Some places to check out who have free entrée.
The Schuttersgalerij ( Civic Guards Gallery) is basically a large greenhouse type of passage and is actually part of a public street with 15 giant 17th century portrait paintings of the civic guards on one side and modern artwork on the other side. The paintings of the cilil guards are much like Rembrandt’s famous painting ‘the Nightwatch’. The schuttersgalerij is part of the Amsterdam Historical Museum.
The signage under the artwork is in English and Dutch.
Location: Kalverstraat / St Luciensteeg.
Open daily 1000-1700.
Max Euwe Centre – If you are in to chess then visit the Max Euwe Centre, dedicated to the only Dutch grandmaster Max Euwe. The centre hold a museum and outside you will find a large chessboard, where people play chess.
You are welcome from Tuesday to Friday from 12.00 – 16.00 hours (public holidays excepted) and every first saturday of the month at Max Euweplein 30-a, 1017 MB Amsterdam.
Multatuli Museum – Museum about 19th century Dutch author Eduard Douwes Dekker. In 1860 Eduard Douwes Dekker, who called himself Multatuli [latin for: I have suffered much], burst on the Dutch cultural and political scene with his novel Max Havelaar or the coffee auctions of the Dutch Trading Company. Dekker was born on March 2 1820 in the Korsjespoortsteeg in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the Multatuli House, the birthplace of the writer are his most important furniture, utensils and his books.
Located at Korsjespoortsteeg 20 (off the Singel canal near Central Station). Free admission, open Tue 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 1200-1700.
Felix Meritis celebrates 225 years of Merits, Connection and Enlightenment in 2013 and contributes to Amsterdam 2013.
During the festive year Amsterdam 2013 we look back on the construction of the canals 400 years ago and their importance to the city. Felix Meritis is situated right in the centre of this area, in what is now the World Heritage zone of Amsterdam.
Felix Meritis is an independent European centre for Art, Culture and Science as well as an (inter)national meeting place in Amsterdam. In Felix Meritis art, culture, philosophy and politics are discussed every day. Under the slogan Connecting Cultures we foster the European dialogue and participate in national and international cultural networks.
The festive opening of the historically significant Observatory, that still offers one of the highest vistas of Amsterdam, is planned for April 2013 as a kick-off event of the anniversary activities of Felix Meritis and the celebratory year in which Amsterdam commemorates 400 years of canals.
Merits, Connection and Enlightenment
The Felix Meritis Society (Felix Meritis is Latin for ‘happy through merit’) was founded by forty keen and prosperous citizens of Amsterdam in 1777. In 1788 they moved into the purpose-built Neo-Classical city palace which they called the “Temple of Enlightenment”. Here major cultural and scientific progress was made and the society was to become a flourishing centre for art, culture and science for almost a century. The beautiful concert hall was the capital’s most important music temple where Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Brahms and others performed.
From April 19th. Start: 13:30
Admission: € 6,50