This stalwart museum in the heart of Amsterdam has digitised images of almost 700,000 works of art for your online browsing enjoyment. They are also hosting live virtual tours and their curators have been sharing short videos from home with stories about their favourite works of art. Their free app is a treasure trove of multimedia tours and you can also channel your own inner artist with their RijksCreative youtube channel that walks you through how to use the techniques of the great masters in a series of follow-along videos.
Van Gogh Museum
There’s an excellent collection of art and activities available on the Van Gogh Museum website. From the Google Street View virtual experience of the museum to homeschooling lessons about art and printable colouring pages for kids, there are resources aplenty to teach you about the life and times of this brilliant artist, while keeping you thoroughly entertained along the way.
Anne Frank House
Take a virtual step inside the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding for more than two years during WWII. You can look around eight different areas of the annex, including the revolving bookcase that hid the entrance to their living space and Anne’s bedroom, where she wrote in her diary. There’s also an Oculus VR tour that takes about 25 minutes and can be downloaded for free from the Oculus Store.
Amsterdam’s popular photography museum just launched a new digital initiative, giving the public free 30-day access to all of their digital archives of Foam Magazine. That means you can flip through 50+ issues of gorgeous photos and interviews with experts in the field of photography. FOAM will also be streaming curator tours, q&a’s with artists and more on their Instagram page: @foam_amsterdam.
This museum, which is dedicated to all things Amsterdam, has digitised its entire collection, with more than 30,000 high-quality images of their carefully curated chronicle of Dutch history. Their online archive covers the art and artefacts owned by both Amsterdam Museum and Museum Willet-Holthuysen. This gives you an inside look at the many pieces that are not on display, which actually represents more than 90 percent of the collection.
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Google Street View
Google Street View will let you peek inside the Royal Palace Amsterdam for a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of kingly living. Google Street View also invites you to virtually explore many other major sights in Amsterdam via interactive panoramas of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, NEMO Science Museum, the Tropenmuseum and more. artsandculture.google.com
If Google Street View doesn’t have what you’re looking for, 360Stories can likely fill in the gaps. This website has a mix of high-definition 360-degree video and photography capturing around 50 of the city’s attractions, including ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, Heineken Experience and the National Maritime Museum. 360stories.com/amsterdam
Culture also happens outside of the confines of art institutions. Check out this 360-degree tour of the Amsterdam Area for an immersive look at the region’s historic castles, iconic windmills, stunning beaches, sprawling tulip fields and more.