Make the most of the extra family time and add a little culture, colour and curiosity to your self-quarantine with these Dutch museum activities that you can do at home with your kids (or by yourself!).
Van Gogh Museum
This classic Dutch museum has a treasure trove of activities for kids of all ages. It is a primer on art, history and, of course, the work of Van Gogh. The site has a great collection of interactive school lessons for both primary and secondary level students, printable colouring pages and Story Zoo videos that use adorable animated characters to explain the themes in Van Gogh’s iconic paintings.
NEMO Science Museum
Your kids will have a blast with the do-it-yourself experiments NEMO maps out step-by-step on their colourful website. You can learn how to build a super-powered aircraft, build a tepee out of newspaper, make sparkling raisins or even create your own cloud.
Grab your easel and palette and get ready to paint like the Dutch masters by following along with these Rijksmuseum’s art workshops on YouTube. You can try your hand at the techniques of Johannes Vermeer, Karel Appel and Rembrandt van Rijn or just brush up on the fundamentals of renaissance, romantic and impressionist art.
The National Maritime Museum
Amsterdam’s famous museum dedicated to the Dutch history (and love) of ships may be closed, but you can let your little swashbucklers enjoy a taste of the sea life with their collection of online activities. The kid’s section of the site is in Dutch but the crafts are easy to follow, including colouring pages, a guide to making your own periscope and instructions on tying proper nautical knots.
Looking for other activities you can do from your home or hotel? Take a virtual tour of some of Amsterdam's most popular museums and destinations.