Amsterdam is home to a range of iconic and modern museums that make visiting accessible for people with disabilities. Whether you're interested in archaeology, history, world cultures or want to explore the city's cutting-edge artistic scene, we have you covered with our tips on Amsterdam's wheelchair-friendly museums.
Nxt Museum is the Netherlands' first exhibition space dedicated entirely to New Media Art. Think progressive art forms from large-scale digital art installations and immersive audio-visual projections.
The museum's exhibition, restaurant and toilets are accessible to wheelchair users and visitors with physical disabilities via ramps and alternative routes. For those travelling with a companion, free Accessible Companion tickets are available. And if you plan to arrive by car, you can book an accessible parking spot. Please note that this exhibition contains flashing video images and loud sounds, which may not be suitable for people with sensory sensitivities or epilepsy.
The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam's most iconic museums and offers several accessibility features to make it inclusive for all visitors. With spacious exhibition halls and lifts on every floor, including an accessible lift entrance, the Rijksmuseum is an art-history lover's dream. Featuring a vast showcase of Dutch masterpieces and artefacts across over 800 years of history, this museum houses world-famous paintings, including works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless other Dutch greats.
The museum is accessible to people who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walking bikes. At the information desk, you can borrow mobility aids, wheelchairs and folding chairs and pick up a floor plan showing all lifts, seating areas and accessible toilets in the museum. If visiting with a companion, free entrance tickets are available and must be reserved in advance with a starting time.
STRAAT is a wheelchair-accessible museum perfect for street art enthusiasts eager to explore global street art and graffiti culture. Located in a former warehouse on the NDSM wharf, this spacious museum features an impressive selection of over 160 artworks by well-known artists and emerging talent.
With ground floor entry and access to the museum's main gallery hall, STRAAT has lifts that provide access to the museum café and all exhibition floors. For visitors travelling accompanied, free companion tickets are available and registered assistance dogs are allowed. Mobility scooters are permitted in the museum. However, the museum's metal-panelled floors cause its surface to be uneven. For people requiring entirely smooth surfaces to move around, please consider this when planning your visit.
Van Gogh Museum
The Vincent Van Gogh museum is one of Amsterdam's most popular museums featuring the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's artwork. The museum is dedicated to making visiting accessible for all to admire Vincent's most iconic masterpieces while exploring the artist's creative development over the years.
The museum is close to public transportation and offers accessible pick-up/ drop-off areas and parking at Paulus Potterstraat 7. Visitors using wheelchairs can access both main entrances, with disabled visitors having priority entry. If travelling accompanied, free companion tickets are available and include a free multimedia guide. The museum has accessible toilets and lifts, all featured in the museum's Accessibility Map, which you can download or pick up at the information desk.
The Allard Pierson museum is home to one of Europe's most acclaimed heritage collections and is entirely accessible to people with physical disabilities. Travel through 10,000 years of cultural history and discover the museum's internationally renowned collection in archaeology, cartography, design, and zoology from the University of Amsterdam.
The museum provides a number of accessibility features, including lift access to all floors, accessible lockers and toilets, and welcomes registered guide dogs. For those arriving by public transport, metro and tram connections are available directly outside the museum, and accessible parking on the premises can be reserved one day in advance by calling +31205252556.
Amsterdam’s Wereldmuseum is a museum of world cultures housed in a beautiful building in the trendy Amsterdam East neighbourhood, right next to public transport connections. Covering universal themes of love, mourning, and celebration, Wereldmuseum invites visitors to explore differences and cultural diversity across many engaging exhibitions highlighting our shared humanness.
For visitors arriving by car, Wereldmuseum offers two accessible parking spots free of charge at the adjacent hotel. The museum is wheelchair-friendly, with no entrance thresholds and lift access to all exhibition floors. Visitors can borrow manual wheelchairs if needed, and guide dogs are permitted inside. And if you travel with assistance, companion tickets are available free of charge.
Stedelijk Museum is the Netherlands' largest modern art museum showcasing artwork by world-famous contemporary artists, including 20th-century Dutch creatives. With close access to public transport and accessible parking at Paulus Potterstraat 13 or the Q-Park parking garage, Stedelijk Museum is perfect for modern art lovers to discover contemporary visual art and design in Amsterdam's Museum Quarter.
The museum has lifts and platform lifts, all suited for wheelchairs, walkers and mobility scooters and can be used without assistance. Registered assistance dogs are allowed, and admission is free for companions. Wheelchairs, walking bikes, walkers or folding chairs are available at the information desk or can be reserved in advance by calling +31205732911 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Van Eesteren Museum
The Van Eesteren Museum has plenty of information on its website regarding accessibility needs – not bad for a small museum. The first thing to note is the museum is at ground level, making it easily accessible. Meanwhile, the permanent and temporary exhibitions in the pavilion are arranged in such a way that visitors in wheelchairs, with a walker or guide stick, can move around easily and freely. One companion per wheelchair user has free access. Assistance dogs are also allowed.
Museum of WWII Resistance (Verzetsmuseum)
The Resistance Museum is entirely at ground level, which makes it easily accessible. The museum's information is available in 3 languages: Dutch (written text and audio), Dutch Sign Language (video with subtitles) and English (written text and audio). Guidelines and floor markings make the museum independently accessible for the blind and visually impaired. You're welcome to bring a service dog, and any companion has free admission.
Our Lord in the Attic Museum
You might not expect accessibility to be at the forefront of a museum in a centuries-old canal house with a seemingly endless number of stairs, but Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder has done plenty of work to make the space navigable for everyone. The museum café, museum store and temporary exhibition space are located in the entrance building and accessible by elevator. Meanwhile, a special audio tour dubbed Together You Can See More; allows visitors who are blind or visually impaired to walk through the museum with a guide and listen, smell and touch. If you cannot climb stairs, there is the CoVisit tour: where you connect your phone to your companion's smartphone, who walks through the museum while you follow along via audio and video.
At the Eye, the museum section and the movie theatres are accessible to people in wheelchairs or with other disabilities. You can enter through the staff entrance, just ring the bell. All floors are accessible by elevator and the Eye's movie theatres always reserve two spaces for wheelchairs. Better yet, you can also reserve a wheelchair or walker. There are guided tours in Dutch Sign Language on request, and every third Sunday of the month, there is a free entry tour in NGT through the temporary exhibition at 15:15. During some (premiere) films, you can use the Earcatch app to get an audio description, while Subcatch app subtitles what you can't hear.
To make the visitor experience more accessible to everyone, several changes have been made to NEMO. For visually impaired visitors, an app is now available that allows you to navigate the entire building independently. In addition, the lighting in the museum has also been recalibrated, colour contrasts are larger, and all texts have been adapted in an accessible font. In addition to these new adjustments, NEMO already offers accessibility for wheelchairs, walkers and mobility scooters (except on the rooftop plaza), a companion is allowed in for free, and staff are trained to accommodate visitors with visual impairments.