Dalí, Appel, Magritte
The Cobra Museum is a must-see for lovers of modern art, with changing exhibitions featuring the great names of the mid-20th-century CoBrA movement, such as Karel Appel, Constant, Corneille and Jan Sierhuis. There are also major temporary exhibitions of work by individual CoBrA artists and their contemporaries, artists from related movements and contemporary artists who work in the CoBrA tradition. Located just outside Amsterdam, the museum is easy to reach by bus or tram.
Cobra Museum of Modern Art | Sandbergplein 1, Amstelveen
Hals, Lucebert, Zadkine
Although the Frans Hals Museum bears the name of Haarlem’s most famous artist, the collection is by no means limited to his work. Of course, Frans Hals himself is well represented at the museum’s beautiful Hof location, but you’ll also find work by many other 16th- and 17th-century Old Masters, such as Jan Nagel, Maerten van Heemskerck and Jacob van Ruisdael. Head to the Hal location on the Grote Markt for modern work by Lucebert, Constant and Zadkine.
Frans Hals Museum Hof | Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem
Frans Hals Museum Hal | Grote Markt 16, Haarlem
Mondriaan, De Smet, Rodín
Singer Laren consists of a museum, a sculpture garden and a theatre. The museum’s impressive permanent collection, with work from 1880-1950, is certainly worth a visit. It was assembled by the American collectors Anna and William Singer in the first half of the 20th century. There are also changing contemporary exhibitions. Check the website for programming.
Singer Laren | Oude Drift 1, Laren
Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rafaël
Because the Teylers Museum is dedicated to science and natural history as well as art, people are often surprised to discover that it has some amazing art treasures in its collection. After all, there are few museums in the world where you can see works by Michelangelo and Raphael – and the Teylers Museum offers a generous selection of Dutch Old Masters on top of that. This extraordinary collection in a remarkable setting is just a short trip from the centre of Amsterdam.
Teylers Museum | Spaarne 16, Haarlem
Libenský, Francis, Verschoor
Besides the Cobra Museum, Amstelveen has another impressive museum on offer. Right on Amsterdam’s doorstep, find Museum JAN (formerly Jan van der Togt), which specialises in glass art. Over the years it has assembled a rich collection of modern work by the masters in this field, as well as other sculptures and paintings. The museum also mounts a wide variety of changing exhibitions.
Museum JAN | Amstelveen
Toorop, Van Ruysdael, Van Heemskerck
For an artist’s impression of Alkmaar and the surrounding area, the place to go is the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. The museum has a collection of the excellent work depicting the city and its surroundings. There’s also an abundance of 16th- and 17th-century masterpieces, as well as modern art.
Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar | Canadaplein 1, Alkmaar
In 1871, the French impressionist painter Claude Monet paid a visit to Zaandam, just north of Amsterdam. He was so taken by the local landscape, the windmills, the wooden houses and the river Zaan that he produced no fewer than 25 paintings and 9 sketches there. This explains why today you can see work by this world-famous artist at the Zaans Museum in Zaandam.
Zaans Museum | Schansend 7, Zaandam