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Rembrandt's Amsterdam Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and experience Amsterdam through his eyes
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Tour Details
Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Nieuwmarkt
  • Waag
  • Rembrandt House
Photos & Highlights
  • Explore Amsterdam through Rembrandt’s story
  • Led by local art historian or scholar
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Tour Description
Rembrandt van Rijn was arguably the greatest Dutch painter, and his life (1606-1669) provides a unique lens through which to understand the Dutch Golden age (a subject we explore further on our Dutch Golden Age Tour). On this 3-hour Rembrandt in Amsterdam Tour, an art historian or scholar will lead us through the historic neighborhoods where Rembrandt and his clients lived, taking us back to a heady era of prosperity, expansion, and growth for the Netherlands.

From the Rembrandt House Museum...

We’ll begin in Rembrandt’s House, a small museum dedicated to the artist and his time. In those days, there was a great diversity of religious groups living side-by-side in Amsterdam. Rembrandt himself hailed from a Catholic and Protestant household, and his clients included Jews, Mennonites, and Calvinists, among others. This makes his artwork ideal as a kind of textbook, prompting a conversation about Dutch tolerance and how it laid the groundwork for the country’s social and economic success during the 17th century.

...to the Streets of the City

As we leave the museum and re-enter the streets of Amsterdam, we’ll make our way to the Nieuwmarkt, Waag, and East India House. These colonial sites connect Rembrandt to the 17th-century economic boom when the Dutch dominated world trade, particularly in Asia—many of his best-known paintings, such as The Night Watch, portray significant figures of the time. (To see that painting in person, by the way, we highly recommend a Rijksmuseum Tour.)

Rembrandt in Amsterdam

Along our route, we’ll also visit a number of squares, side streets, and historical buildings, each of which relates to the Golden Age or to Rembrandt himself. As we build a conversational portrait of Amsterdam during this period, we’ll place Rembrandt’s story in a greater context, helping us to understand his remarkable ability to reflect his time and surroundings.

FAQ

Is this tour suitable for kids?
This tour isn’t part of our family portfolio but we do have some family-friendly guides who might be able to lead your tour and could adapt the presentation to suit children.

Is this tour suitable for people with mobility issues?
Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the old building that houses the Rembrandt House, it is only partially accessible to people with mobility issues. There is now an elevator in the museum but there are no lifts or other facilities in Rembrandt’s 17th-century house. As this area within the museum isn’t accessible, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this tour for people with mobility issues. Please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss alternatives.
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Marjorie’s enthusiastic tour was exceptional. Her knowledge of Rembrandt, art and the history of that period were exemplary. On top of that she had incredible energy and an enthusiastic way of presenting the information that Rembrandt’s life and home really came to life! The three hours flew by!!
Fantastic tour! Full of insight and thoughtfully organized. I loved every minute!
Extremely interesting and informative. Anita was great-very knowledgeable about all aspects of Rembrandt’s life and times. She had amazing facts and details about Rembrandt gleaned mostly from primary sources. We really got a good idea of what it was like to live in Amsterdam in the 1600’s. If you are interested in Rembrandt and/or the history of this period, this is the tour for you.