The “I amsterdam” card (www.iamsterdamcard.com) provides free entry to 24 museums, as well as free use of public transport. It costs € 33, € 43 and € 53 for 24, 48 and 72 hours, respectively; and it can be obtained in the tourist offices of Amsterdam.
You can avoid the normally long lines to enter the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh and Anne Frank museums by purchasing tickets on the museum websites. Most museums close on Monday or Tuesday and many are free on the first Sunday of the month.
1. Rijksmuseum: Jan Luijkenstraat 1, 0031 20 674 7000, www.rijksmuseum.nl
Daily, 9: 00-18: 00; Friday until 22:00.
Adults, € 10
Most of the city's main art depot will be closed until the end of 2009, for a major renovation; But don't worry: the highlights of their Golden Age collections, which include splendid dolls houses and porcelain from Delphi, and a selection of paintings by Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt (including the famous painting "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt ), can be seen in the long-playing Masterpieces exhibit.
The Rijksmuseum also displays a small selection of masterpieces at Schiphol Airport (follow the signs after passport control).
2. Van Gogh Museum: Paulus Potterstraat 7, 0031 20 570 5200, www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Daily, 10: 00-18: 00; Friday until 22:00.
Adults, € 12.50
Many of Van Gogh's best-known works (such as "The Sunflowers") are on display in this museum, in an instructive chronological presentation that shows the troubled deterioration of the artist's mental health. There is also an extensive collection of art by other 19th century painters, and the most valued works are often found in the Exhibition Wing.
3. Anne Frank Huis: Prinsengracht 267, 0031 20 556 7105, www.annefrank.org
From March 15 to September 14, the museum will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturdays until 10:00 p.m. In July and August, the museum will be open until 10:00 PM every day. The rest of the year the museum's hours are from 9: 00-19: 00.
One million people a year visit the house in which Anne Frank and her family hid in a secret annex during World War II, and where Anne Frank wrote her moving and eloquent diary. It is advisable to go in the afternoon, when there are fewer visitors.
4. Amstelkring Museum: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, +31 206246604, www.museumamstelkring.nl. Daily, 10: 00-17: 00; Sundays and holidays, 13: 00-17: 00.
Adults, € 7
From the outside, the Amstelkring looks like any other house on the old canal, but it hides a beautiful Catholic church, with its organ, its altar and its benches that has been converted into a gallery.