Amsterdam Museums & Attractions Closed on Mondays

Don't let a day of widespread closures interfere with your itinerary

The Rijksmuseum (pictured) is open on Mondays.
••• The Rijksmuseum (pictured) is open on Mondays. Dennis Jarvis/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Travelers to continental Europe have to reckon on the Mondays in their travel itinerary. As museums and other tourist attractions in Europe are often closed on Mondays, it's the one day of the week that's most liable to trip up one's vacation plans; too often do hapless visitors find themselves before the locked doors of a must-see attraction that they've allotted to the first day of the work week.

Fortunately, unlike in the tourist destinations of France, Italy or Spain, for example, most of Amsterdam's museums are open even on Mondays. The attractions below are the exception to this rule; still, it's best to check the individual web site of each attraction in case your itinerary can't accommodate any unexpected closures, as business hours occasionally fluctuate. (If you do find inaccuracies in the information listed below, please contact me so I can amend it!)

It may also be useful to note that stores tend to open later on Mondays than other days of the week, usually from around 1 pm. The rest of the week, typical business hours for both stores and attractions are from 9 or 10 am to 5 or 6 pm; stores typically extend their business hours to 9 pm on Thursdays and have limited hours on Sunday, from about noon to 5 or 6 pm.

Amsterdam Museums & Attractions Closed on Mondays

  • Allard Pierson Museum
  • Amsterdam Pipe Museum 
    Closed Sunday to Tuesday.
  • De Appel Arts Center
  • ARCAM - Architecture Center Amsterdam
  • Arti et Amicitiae 
    Exhibits in the society are open Monday to Friday; exhibits in the upper rooms are closed on Mondays but open the rest of the week.
  • Bible Museum (Bijbels Museum)
  • Cobra Museum of Modern Art
  • Dutch Funeral Museum So Far (Nederlands Uitvaart Museum Tot Zover)
  • Electric Ladyland - Museum of Fluorescent Art 
    Closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Greenbox Museum of Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia 
    Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only; other times by appointment.
  • Huize Frankendael 
    Exhibits open Sundays only.
  • Huis Marseille
  • Museum Het Schip
  • North Amsterdam Museum (Museum Amsterdam Noord)
  • Multatuli Museum
  • Pianola Museum 
    Open Sundays only.
  • Press Museum (Het Persmuseum) 
    Also closed on Saturdays.
  • Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) 
    Occasionally also closed for events; check the calendar on the palace website ahead of time. Open daily in summer.
  • Science Center NEMO 
    Open daily in summer.
  • University of Amsterdam Special Collections (Universiteit van Amsterdam Bijzondere Collecties)

Amsterdam Museums & Attractions Closed on Other Days of the Week

Some local museums are closed other days of the week, as listed below.

  • Amsterdam Pipe Museum 
    Closed Sunday to Tuesday.
  • Bilderdijk Museum 
    Closed weekends. Even on weekdays, visitors should call ahead for an appointment.
  • Electric Ladyland - Museum of Fluorescent Art 
    Closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • Greenbox Museum of Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia 
    Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only; other times by appointment.
  • Huize Frankendael 
    Exhibits open Sundays only.
  • Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis 
    Closed Tuesdays.
  • Museum Vrolik 
    Closed weekends.
  • National Glasses Museum (Nationaal Brilmuseum)
  • Pianola Museum 
    Open Sundays only.
  • Press Museum (Het Persmuseum) 
    Closed Mondays and Saturdays.