Between the pretty old churches, quaint canals, and nightly showcases of revelry and debauchery, Amsterdam is a sight in and of itself. You can see and learn a lot about the city, even with zero euro. If you’re planning on visiting a number of museums, save some euro by investing in the Museumjaarkaart (www.museumjaarkaart.nl). For €40 (or €20 if you’re under 26), you get free entrance to most museums in Amsterdam and the Netherlands for a whole year. With the Museumjaarkaart, there’s nothing to stop you from popping into one of the many small and weird museums and then popping right back out if it’s not up to snuff. You cannot get the card at the tourist office (it’s a great deal rarely advertised to tourists), but it’s sold at some of the bigger participating museums.
* Nieuwmarkt. Or from Centraal Station walk 10min. down Zeedijk.
*Tram #16 or 24 to Stadhouderskade, or tram #4, 7, 10, or 25 to Weterincircuit. From Weterincircuit, cross the canal and you’ll see the building. €15. ~ Open daily 11am-7pm. Last entry 5:30pm. www.heinekenexperience.com
*Tram #3 or 25 to 2e Van der Helstraat.
Rembrandt House Museum
*Tram #9 or 14 or Metro :Waterlooplein. Walk down Waterlooplein, around the stadium, then turn right and continue until you reach Jodenbreestraat. The museum is on the right. €9, with ISIC card €6, ages 6-17 €2.50, under 6 and with Museumjaarkaart free. Open daily 10am-5pm. www.rembrandthuis.nl
Brouwerij 't IJ
*Tram #10 to Hoogte Kadijk or #14 to Pontanusstraat. Head toward the windmill. $ Beer €2. Pub open daily 3-8pm. Free brewery tours F and Su 4pm.
*Tram #9, 10, or 14 to Alexanderplein. Cross the canal and walk left along Mauritskade. €9, students €5, under 18 and with Museumjaarkaart free. Open daily 10am-5pm. www.tropenmuseum.nl
*From Raepenhofje, take tram #3 to Nieuwe Willemstraat, cross Lijn baansgracht, make a left, and turn right onto Palmgracht. Free. Open M-Sa 9am-6pm.
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
*Tram #13, 14, or 17 to Westermarkt. Cross Prinsengracht, turn left, and walk 1 block. Free. Open Tu-Su 11am-5pm. www.smba.nl
*Tram #9 or 14 to Rembrandtplein. Walk down Utrechtsestraat and turn left. €8, ages 6-18 €4, under 6 and with Museumjaarkaart free. Open M-F 10am-5pm, Sa-Su 11am-5pm. www.willetholthuysen.nl
*Tram #1, 2, or 5 to Koningsplein. Cat’s Cabinet €6, ages 4-12 €3. Cat’s Cabinet open M-F 10am-4pm, Sa-Su noon-5pm.
The dedicated proprietor of the museum, who cares passionately about Multatuli’s legacy, will gladly tell you everything about the author’s life in the form of personal and funny stories. The free museum is worth a stop for literary fiends, those who want a quick brush-up on Dutch history, or those curious to learn more about the brain inside the enormous head replicated in the big statue over the Singel.
*Tram #1, 2, 5, 13, or 17 to Nieuwezijds Kolk. Walk to the Herengracht and make a right. Free (but don’t forget to tip the guide!). Open Tu 10am-5pm, Sa-Su 10am-5pm. www.multatuli-museum.nl
*Tram #1, 2, or 5 to Spui/Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. Walk down Gedempte Begijnsloot and the gardens are on the left. Free. h Open daily 9am-5pm.
*From Dam Sq., walk east on Dam and make a left onto Oudezijds Achterburgwal. Free. Garden €2.50. Open daily 11am-7pm. www.cannabiscollege.com
*Metro: Nieuwmarkt. Kloveniersburgwal is on the southwestern edge of the sqaure.
Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie
*Metro: Nieuwmarkt. Walk south on Kloveniersburgwal and make a right. Free. Open Th-Sa 1-5pm. www.acf-web.nl
Amsterdam Sex Museum
*From Centraal Station, walk straight down Damrak. 16+ €4. Open daily 9:30am-11:30pm.
* From Centraal Station, walk down Damrak, turn left onto Oudebrugsteeg, then right onto War- moesstraat; the next left leads to the church. Check the website for a calendar of performances €7.50; students, seniors, and under 13 €5.50; with Museumjaarkaart free. ~ Open M-Sa 10am- 5:30pm, Su 1-5:30pm.
Ons' Lieve Heer Op Solder
furniture from the period. The best part of the church comes when you can see three different periods of Dutch Catholic history at once. Through one window, you’ll see Oude Kerk, built before the Protestant Reformation; beneath your feet, The Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, highlighting the more muted Catholicism of the post-Reformation era; and then out the another window, Sint-Nicolaasbasiliek, which was built after freedom of religion was instated. The church is neat to walk through, but the real appeal is the understanding you’ll gain of broader trends in Dutch history and culture.
* From Centraal Station, turn left onto Prins Hendrikkade, then right onto Nieuwebrugsteeg. Con- tinue straight as Nieuwebrugsteeg becomes Oudezijds Vorburgwal €8, students €6, under 5 and with Museumjaarkaart free. ~ Open M-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1-5pm.
* Any tram to Dam Sq. Nieuwe Kerk is on the northeastern edge of the square €15, with Museum- jaarkaart free. Organ concerts €8.50; recitals free with cost of admission. ~ Open daily 10am- 5pm. Recitals Th 12:30pm. Concerts Su 8pm.
Anne Frank House
* Tram #13, 14, or 17 to Westermarkt. Walk away from Keizersgracht down Westermarkt, then turn right onto Prinsengradcht €9, ages 10-17 €4.50, under 10 and with Museumjaarkaart free. ~ Open daily Mar 15-Oct 31 M-F 9am-9pm, Sa 9am-10pm, Su 9am-9pm; Jul-Aug daily 9am-10pm; Nov 1-Mar 14 M-F 9am-7pm, Sa 9am-9pm, Su 9am-7pm.
* Tram #13, 14, or 17 to Westermarkt. Walk away from Keizersgracht and turn right onto Prinsen- gradcht. Free. Tower tour €4. ~ Open M-F 10am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm. Tower tours every 30min.
The Homomonument is the culmination of a movement to erect a memorial honoring homosexual victims of Nazi persecution, but it’s also meant to stand for all people who have been oppressed for their sexuality. Designed by Karin Daan and officially opened in 1987, the monument consists of three pink granite triangles (in remembrance of the symbol the Nazis forced homosexuals to wear), connected by thin lines of pink granite to form a larger triangle. The Homomonument was designed to merge seamlessly with the daily life of the city, so it can be hard to discern amid picnicking tourists and whizzing bikes.
* Tram #13, 14, or 17 to Westermarkt. The Homomonument is between Westerkerk and the Keizersgracht. Free.
* Tram #4, 16, 24, or 25 to Keizersgracht. FOAM is about 50m east of the stop €8, students and seniors €5.50, under 12 and with Museumjaarkaart free. ~ Open M-W 10am-6pm, Th-F 10am- 9pm, Sa-Su 10am-6pm. Cafe open daily 11am-5pm.
* Tram #13, 14, or 17 to Westermarkt. Cross Prinsengracht and walk 1 block down Rozengracht, then make a right and walk a few blocks. The museum is just before you reach Egelantiersgracht €5. ~ Open Tu-Sa 1-6pm.
Van Gogh Museum
* Tram #2, 3, 5, or 12 to Van Baerlestraat. Walk 1 block up Paulus Potterstraat €15, under 18 and with Museumjaarkaart free. Multimedia tour €5. ~ Open M-Th 9am-6pm, F 9am-10pm, Sa-Su 9am-6pm. Last entry 30min. before close.
* Tram #2 or 5 to Hobbemastraat. Alternatively, tram #7 or 10 to Spiegelgracht. The museum is directly across the canal. Lines are shorter after 4pm €15, under 20 and with Museumjaarkaart free. Audio tour €2.50 each. ~ Open daily 9am-5pm.
* Tram #2, 3, 5, or 12 to Van Baerlestraat. Walk down Van Baerlestraat to the bridge over the park and take the stairs down.
* Tram #9 or 14 to Plantage Kerklaan. Across from Artis Zoo €7.50, ages 7-15 €4, under 7 and with Museumjaarkaart free. ~ Open M 11am-5pm, Tu-F 10am-5pm, Sa-Su 11am-5pm.