The Netherlands is known for its beautiful cities full of canals, tulips, and food, but also for its rich cultural legacy. Its dozens of museums deserve to be explored as they are a platform for the countless artists that have called it home. However, some museums are a bit too expensive and out of range for students. So, how do you choose which museum is worth your time and money? You can go to museums that offer student discounts or are completely free for students.
Here is a list of museums that offer a student discount
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam)
The Stedelijk Museum is one of the biggest museums of modern and contemporary art and design in Amsterdam. The museum has the second largest number of visitors in the world. Most of all, it is located in the middle of the Museumplein, next to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
The ticket for the Stedelijk Museum is a bit expensive at 17.50 euros. With your student card, you can get the ticket for half the price, at 9 euros. This museum is a must-visit if you study or live in the Netherlands.
NEMO Science Museum (Amsterdam)
For those interested in Science, the NEMO Science Museum is the perfect place to visit. The building has five floors and it is the largest science center in the Netherlands. There are interactive games you can play and learning areas which are perfect for children or a young family. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun learning about science as well.
A normal admission ticket is 16.50 euros. With a university card, you can visit for half the price and have a fun time for only 8.25 euros. You don’t have to know much about science to enjoy the NEMO Science Museum.
Rembrandt House Museum (Amsterdam)
Rembrandt is one of the most famous Dutch painters of the 17th century. Placed in the center of Amsterdam, the Rembrandt House Museum is the house where Rembrandt lived and worked for nearly 20 years. Moreover, the house includes his works, as well as an exhibition featuring similar painters he influenced. There is also an area dedicated to Rembrandt's predecessors.
The ticket with a student discount is 10 euros, only 3 euros less than an adult’s ticket. The museum is worth the money as you get to set foot in the house where Rembrandt created history.
Museum Boerhaave (Leiden)
Based in Leiden, the Museum Boerhaave spotlights the history of science and medicine in the Netherlands. A highlight of the collection is the material that was used to liquefy helium for the first time. There are 25 rooms, organized in chronological order from the 16th to the 20th century.
This museum is located in the historical center of Leiden, in a building that used to be a convent. For the science-lovers, or if you want to learn more about the Dutch discoveries, Museum Boerhaave should be on the top of your list if you find yourself in Leiden. The entrance is completely free for students.
Maritiem Museum (Rotterdam)
The Maritiem Museum in Rotterdam is the oldest and largest museum harbor in the Netherlands. For lovers of boats and naval history, this museum shows how Rotterdam became one of the largest ports in Europe. The museum includes multiple activities, as well as historical and modern boats that you can look at closely. With the student discount, you only have to pay 9 euros.
Mauritshuis (The Hague)
Lastly, the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague holds the 841 objects from the Dutch Golden Age, notably featuring one of Vermeer's most well-known paintings: ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. This museum has to belong to every art lover’s bucket list. For students, the ticket is 11 euros.
If you want more discounts on museums, or if the museums are found to be too expensive, you can always look for Museum Cards that allow free entrance to museums and subscriptions to help you discover all the little museums in the country.
Now that you know about the student discounts, you can go and discover the history of the Netherlands.