The best things to do in Amsterdam when it rains include some of the city’s most amazing sights. During the day, there are plenty of museums and galleries for those who want to check out world-class artworks, along with expansive shopping malls if you want to browse European fashion brands. End the day with a refreshing drink at one of the city's many pubs, where local bands and DJs showcase their talents until late.

    Many places across Amsterdam make for an excellent shelter from the rain and provide amusement at the same time. Have a look at some of the city’s most attractive experiences and find out which things you want to do on a rainy day in Amsterdam.


    Anne Frank House

    Learn about the tragic story of a Jewish family

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    The Anne Frank House is a biographical museum dedicated to a notable Jewish diarist in Amsterdam. Located near Jordaan, this is the former home of Anne Frank and her family during World War II. Her diary, which was published following her tragic death, became an exemplary depiction of Jewish families’ lives in Amsterdam during wartime.

    Within the house, you’ll find her original journal, information on the Frank family’s history, and a moving film about their lives. You can also see the revolving bookcase that led to the family’s hiding place. You can browse for books and educational materials at the onsite shop.

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    Lokalizacja: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Otwarte: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Telefon: +31 (0)20 674 7000



    Discover the most famous paintings of Dutch masters

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    The Rijksmuseum is an excellent place to spend some time during a drizzly morning in Amsterdam. The art museum has 80 halls and rooms spread over 12,000 square metres. You can find some of the most notable artworks from famous artists here.

    Most of the paintings displayed are part of the Dutch Golden Age painting movement, with Vermeer, Hals, Steen, and Rembrandt among the country’s most renowned artists. A true eye-catcher is The Night Watch, a stunning portrayal of Amsterdam's city guards. The Rijksmuseum also houses a café where you can grab a coffee to warm you up.

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    Lokalizacja: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Otwarte: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Telefon: +31 (0)20 556 7105


    Heineken Experience

    Join a tour of the original brewery in Amsterdam

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    The Heineken Experience gives you access to the treasure vaults of Heineken, a Dutch beer brand dating back to 1864. The original brewery in Amsterdam, which shut down in 1988, now functions as a 4-floor museum with interesting exhibits, brewing machinery, and a tasting bar.

    A must-visit for fans of the iconic beer, The Heineken Experience offers guided tours through the former brewery, where some of the historical beer barrels, kettles, and other brewing machinery are preserved. Opt for the VIP tour to enjoy an extended tour led by a beer connoisseur, access to a hidden bar, as well as a Heineken gift as a lasting memory of your Amsterdam holiday.

    Lokalizacja: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Otwarte: Daily from 12.45 pm to 6.45 pm

    Telefon: +31 (0)20 721 5300


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    NEMO Science Museum

    Delve into science history and experiments

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    The NEMO Science Museum offers hands-on experiences for those looking to learn about modern technology and science. The museum occupies a futuristic 5-floor building that seems to float above the water of the Oosterdok in Amsterdam.

    You can check out displays related to the human body, light and sound, general physics, and the solar system. The museum also displays the timeline of science development, including all of the groundbreaking discoveries that have been made over the millennia. There’s extra attention on the Renaissance era, when numerous discoveries and contributions to science were made. The laboratory is a joy to visit with children as they can perform their own scientific experiments in a safe and fun manner.

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    Lokalizacja: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Otwarte: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Telefon: +31 (0)20 531 3233


    Shop at Amsterdam's malls

    Hundreds of world-renowned brands in one location

    Shopping malls in Amsterdam house a mix of local and international brands, as well as ample dining and entertainment options It’s worth strolling through De Bijenkorf, one of the oldest department stores in Europe. If it’s raining when you’re exploring the Kalverstraat shopping street, head over to the next-door Kalverpassage shopping mall. This multi-storey building has many fashion boutiques, restaurants, and abstract artworks.

    Magna Plaza is another popular Amsterdam shopping mall that’s packed with art stores, cafés, bars, and souvenir stands. A must-see is the Rembrandt All His Paintings exhibit, which features 325 digitally remastered paintings.


    The Amsterdam Dungeon

    Listen to the stories of Amsterdam’s dark past

    The Amsterdam Dungeon offers a thrilling look into Amsterdam’s past through themed tours. Expect a dark and eerie atmosphere as the live actors depict scenes from Amsterdam’s old underworld and include audience participation during certain acts. 

    Within dark chambers under the city, you can see dark depictions of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Amsterdam Dungeon has several options, including the ominous Torture Chamber tour and the grim Spanish Inquisition excursion. It’s both an amusing and informative endeavour, but can be unsuitable for kids below 10.

    Lokalizacja: Rokin 78, 1012 KW Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Otwarte: Daily from 11 am to 6 pm

    Telefon: +31 (0)20 530 8500


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    A beloved food hall offering local and international cuisines

    The Foodhallen is a great place to sample dishes from all over the world. What used to be an old tram remise is now a vibrant food court in Amsterdam Oud-West. It has over 20 stalls, serving anything from fresh spring rolls and tacos to dim sum and sushi platters.

    A must-visit is De Ballenbar, where you can try bitterballen (deep-fried meatballs) with various fillings. You can try this classic Dutch snack stuffed with truffle or spinach and mature cheese. Other popular stalls in the Foodhallen include Viet View and Petit Gâteau.

    Lokalizacja: Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Otwarte: Friday–Saturday from noon to 1 am, Sunday–Thursday from noon to 11 pm


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    Eye Film Museum

    A cultural centre showcasing the history of film

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    The Eye Film Museum serves as a cultural centre, film archive, and cinema in Amsterdam. It has a comprehensive collection of 47,000 original film posters spread across its vast halls. You can check out old cinematography tools and informative displays on the history of cinema.

    The film rooms are great for enjoying noir movies, many of which have never made it to mainstream cinemas. Visit on Sunday to enjoy a free tour of the Eye Film Museum – it’s available at 11 am and 1 pm for up to 40 people. The museum is along the IJpromenade, directly across the river from Amsterdam Centraal.

    Lokalizacja: IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Otwarte: Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm

    Telefon: +31 (0)20 589 1400


    Visit an Amsterdam coffeeshop

    Experience the city’s laidback cannabis culture

    Coffeeshops in Amsterdam are the hubs of the city’s laidback cannabis culture, though they still operate under strict conditions. Since 1972, the Netherlands has decriminalised marijuana but it’s illegal to smoke in public. The city’s coffeeshops act as legal dispensaries, and only adults with IDs are allowed to purchase products.

    Most coffeeshops have a menu with ready-made joints, but you can find several that provide fresh cannabis and weed-infused desserts (space cakes). Lots of travellers consider visiting a coffeeshop as a quintessential experience in Amsterdam.


    See live music

    End the day at a theatre or pub in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, with plenty of places hosting live music until late. Bimhuis at Muziekgebouw is a great place to enjoy jazz performances by Dutch and international acts. Melkweg is a concert hall that dates back to 1970. It has 4 halls, a cinema, an exhibition space, and a restaurant. All music genres are represented here, from acoustic to electronic music.

    On a much smaller scale is Waterhole, an Amsterdam pub that hosts daily live music. It’s a laidback place where you can drink, listen to aspiring musicians, and/play pool with friendly locals.

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