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The National Museum Card (Museumkaart) offers unlimited free access to almost all museums in The Netherlands. According to new rules, only Dutch residents can use the National Museum Card (museumkaart) for a full one year after registering it online. For tourists the card, -only a temporary card-, expires after 31 days or !new since July 2018! after 5 museum visits. The ‘Museumkaart’ costs € 64.90 (including EUR 4.95 administration fee) for adults and €32.45 for teenagers up to 18 years of age.

This is was the real deal for museum lovers. With the new rule of max 5 museum visits with the temporary Museumkaart you will still save some money during your stay (depending on the entrance fee). But since July 2018 the I Amsterdam Card or the Amsterdam Holland Pass are better options for tourists!
The ‘Museumkaart’ is available at all the museums accepting the ‘Museumkaart’ and at the ‘Amsterdams Uitburo’ (location: Leidseplein). It is very easy to purchase; you only have to fill out a form and the card is ready for use. People living in The Netherlands can buy the card online. They have the advantage that the card is valid for one year.

Pros & Cons:

 Visit max 5 museums in The Netherlands, not only in Amsterdam

 No Attractions and Public Transport included. The ‘Museumkaart’ only gives you max 5 free access to museums, but the card offers no discounts or free access for attractions or canal cruises, no free public transport, no bicycle rental and no discounts at restaurants and shops are included.


Amsterdams Uitburo Location Leidseplein

The ‘Museumkaart’ is available at all the museums accepting the ‘Museumkaart’ and at the ‘Amsterdams Uitburo’ (location: Leidseplein)


Museums in Amsterdam with Free Entrance Museumkaart


  1. I live in the US (Dallas, Texas). We leave for Amsterdam on 30 March. If I order 2 Museum Cards now will I receive them before we leave? Do I need the physical card to make a reservation or just for entry? More details, please.

    Thanking you in advance for your help.

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  3. Salve, Soggiorneremoa Wormer per 5 giorni nella prossima primavera e per spostarci in zona abbiamo pensato di fare la card “Amsterdam & Region Travel ticket” per potersi muovere liberamente.
    Esiste una card per attrazioni e musei da poterci abbinare? ci potreste dare alcuni suggerimenti su quale card ci conviene fare per musei e trasporti considerando che ci servirà il treno per muoversi da Wormer? Ci interessano i principali muesi di Amsterdam, la Heineken, e le zone di Edam Volendam e Zaanse Schans. Grazie infinite

  4. I am a Dutch resident not a citizen. I am living since almost 5 years in Netherlands.
    If I buy this Museumkart then will there be a limit of only 5 museums in the card or there will not be any limit since I am Dutch resident.

    • Dear Rohit, according to our knwowledge Dutch residents can officially register the temporary card (photo required) to upgrade to the full annual validity. So you don’t have to be a Dutch Citizen.

  5. It used to be a good thing, but then they changed the website (removed the museum map and claiming it was never there), their customer service provide stupid answers. Their online search is faulty and return many times “no results” even if you just look for a museum in Amsterdam.

    Generally I would only recommend it to tourists who want to visit at least 3 museums and maybe sell their card onward to return the investment.

    For people who live in the Netherlands and want to get the museum card and a month later get a newsletter about a “better” card (with more museums you cannot find) that costs more, than this card is for you.

    Me and everyone I know who has this card will not renew it.

    • Personally, I don’t have any trouble using their website nor finding the right museums. It might have been under construction earlier?

      This card is valid throughout the Netherlands (1 year)and therefore mostly bought by inhabitants.

  6. The main impediment to getting a museum card is the silly payment system, IDEAL. If you can use a local address AND get a local to pay the fee for you (which you will of course reimburse!), then you are good to go.

  7. Hi! If I have a Dutch address cause I’m living here for some months, can I use the MuseumKaart for visiting more than 5 museums? Thanks!!

  8. Is it true that we can enter the listed museums directly after we buy Museumkaart?
    Some people say the temporary card can be used only 5 times.If we want to visit more than 6 museums,do we need to apply online?

    • We purchased the card two days ago. They have changed their policies.

      This is designed for Dutch residents.

      They can visit the 400 sites and get a deal.

      The new policy, which they do not provide on any website in English, is that anyone who is not Dutch can only visit 5 museums total.

      We visited the Van Gogh and the Stedlijk in the morning. When we arrived at the Hermitage in the afternoon, they said that the card was done.


      They clarified that their three exhibits, including the “free” one counted as three museums. My Museumkaart saved us exactly $1.

      I would not have used the card at the Hermitage if this had been clear, but they provide no information whatsoever when you buy the card. All info online is only in Dutch.

      In effect they conned us into using the card for two museums that we would not have used it for had we understood what was going on.

      Now we have to pay full price for other museums which were higher priorities for us.

      It’s very unfair that all info available says that the card works in so many places when it does not.

      Do not buy this card. It’s not worth it unless you are Dutch.

    • Hi Lily. I’ve just been on and they specifically say that from July 2018 the 1 month temporary museum card for foreigners can only be used for 5 museum visits. Very disappointing that Amsterdam Tourist Info doesn’t make this clear. In the case of the several museums I plan to visit during my upcoming stay, I’m just better off buying my tickets online beforehand.

      • Dear Lily, D Mard & Carmen,

        After we read your comments we directly changed the text according to the new regulatons of the Museumkaart. They didn’t infom us at all about their new policy since July 2018.
        The temporary Museumkaart for tourist is NOT that good anymore for tourist. We don’t recommend this card anymore. The Amsterdam Holland Pass or I Amsterdam City Card are better options for tourists.

        • bought Museumskaart today (072122):
          So why do they still sell it to us at the stedelijk ?
          and i´m not even able to make reservation at the van gogh´s unless paying another ticket ?
          what century is this site ´´for foreign tourists anyway, if that doesn´t work?
          greeting from Steven from switzerland

  9. Sorry can’t open your website on museumkaart. Just want to ask if museumkaart can be bought in Mauritshuis in Den Haag?

    • Dear Vincent,

      Yes you can buy the Museumkaart in Mauritshuis Den Haag at the ticket office of the museum.
      We checked our website and page and it seems to work ok. Thx for the infos!

      •, please reply to the comment from D Mard above! My family and I were thinking of coming to Amsterdam to visit lots of museums and were counting on using the card. This change seems really bad for tourists – is it really true?

  10. If I cannot buy the Museumkaart until I am in amsterdam, how can I reserve free tickets to the Anne Frank house online in advance?

  11. Hello!

    My family and I are going to Rotterdam first. Is it possible to purchase the Museum Card in Rotterdam, and if so, where can we but it from?

    • I know Boijmans and kunsthal in Rotterdam accept and sell it!

  12. Can I buy a Museumkaart for my friend if they are not with me? Does each person need to be present in order to buy their own Museumkaart

  13. Does Buying this card requires any ID proof?
    can we download the form and fill and bring along to save time?

  14. How can we reserve timed entry to the Rijksmuseum and the Highlights and Rembrandt tours when we will be using the Museumkaart for the entry and pay for the tours?

  15. Can the Museumkaart be purchased with a credit card (Visa issued in USA)at any of the Amsterdam museums which issue it?

  16. Can the Amsterdam museum card (which I would use for the one month period, as a tourist) be used for the ZuiderzeeMuseum?

  17. Just to verify – for tourists to the Netherlands, the Museumkaart can only be purchased upon arrival and can not be purchased online, in advance?

  18. Hello,
    I’d like to know if there is a place near the central station where I can buy the Museumkaart.
    Does the Uitburo in Leidseplein 26 sell the Museumkaart?
    If so how can I get in touch with the Uitburo in order to know their opening time? Or can you help me about that? I’m arriving in Amsterdam on Thursday and I would like to but the card on the same day so that the day after I can start to visit museum and possibly to take advantage of the priority access without having to queue to buy the car.
    Thanks in advance and best regards

  19. Many museums have tickets for timed entry. If you have this card, do you have to also have a timed entry?
    Thank you,

  20. Can you buy the Museumkaart anywhere in Leiden? Is the Tulip Gardens near Leiden on the Museumkaart?Thank you

  21. I am from Germany and am frequently in Amsterdam, enjoying visiting its museums. I had a museum card during the past years and am surprised that from this year only Dutch residents can take advantage of this offer. Whereas Dutch residents are charged an annual fee of 54.95 Euro for the ‘new’ museum card, European foreigners like me are charged 659.40 Euros for exactly the same service. This is rediculous. Can you provide an explanation for this policy?

    • I am really disappointed as we bought a museum card and we thought the woman at the counter of the Rijksmuseum said that we needed to visit ‘at least’ five museums to make it worthwhile. Which makes sense as the museums cost between 10 and 18 euros. However it seems that she was saying that we could visit a maximum of five. Which makes no sense at all in buying it!

  22. Sometimes we receive the question “Can I skip the line with a Museumkaart?”
    Some information:
    At most of the museums you just queue up as normal and present your museum card at the ticket counter. There are some execptions at the more popular museums.
    Van Gogh Museum has a fast-lane entry for Museumkaart holders.
    Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Maritime Museum you just get your museum card scanned at the main entrance (no need to queue at the sales desk).
    – The Hermitage Museum has self-scan machines for museum cards in the foyer.
    Anne Frank House: avoid the long queues and pre-book your ticket online which gives you a specific entry time. Museumkaart holders get free entry and only need to pay a €0.50 fee during the online booking process. You only need to show the card when you arrive at the museum.

    Kind Regards,

    • Can you explain how to get a timed entry to Anne Frank House using the Museumk Aarti card?

      • You can visit the Anne Frank House website at Select Buy tickets online. Select the date and time you are visiting, and then go through the purchase process. There should be the Museumkaart option so you on pay the 0.50 Euro. Book 2 months in advance to ensure you get the time slot you want.

  23. I bought a museum card in October but have lost it. I live in the UK but am planning to come to Amsterdam in July. Is there any way I can get it replaced without buying a new one?

  24. I bought a museum card in October but have lost it. I live in the uk but am planning to come to amsterdam in July. Is there anyway I can replace this?

  25. It states that the ticket may be purchased at any museum where it is accepted- but other sites state that this is only at certain of those museums.

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