Amsterdam has a great selection of child-friendly places, activities and outings!

If you’ve got a recommendation about accessible child-friendly places in Amsterdam, I’d love to hear it! Click here to send me a message. 

ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM city CENTRE
Located in Amsterdam’s Plantage neighbourhood, Artis Royal Zoo was founded in the early 1800’s. The zoo is home to a diverse range of animals and wildlife, from reptiles, birds and butterflies, to elephants, giraffes and chimpanzees. Click here to visit Artis’s official website or click here to jump straight to the accessibility page. 

Note: Service dogs are permitted along a special route (note: service dogs must have all their required vaccinations)

Body Worlds

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM city CENTRE
Body Worlds is an exciting museum all about the anatomy & physiology of the human body. Click here to visit the Body Worlds Amsterdam website. 

Child-friendly Canal Cruise

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM city CENTRE
A canal cruise is undoubtedly one of the best ways to tour around Amsterdam. Blue Boat Company offers a child-friendly canal cruise. Children’s tickets come with binoculars and a pirate activity book, as well as a children’s audio guide in English or Dutch. Click here to read more about child-friendly cruises or visit the Blue Boat Company website.  

Six out of 15 boats are wheelchair accessible via the wheelchair-friendly dock at Stadhouderskade 501. If you would like to reserve tickets and ensure that you get an accessible boat, please call the afternoon before/ morning of your cruise. Reservations can then be made for a suitable boat and departure time. To make a reservation, email reservations@blueboat.nl or call +31 (0) 20 679 1370

Dutch Resistance Museum

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM CITY CENTRE
The Resistance Museum is dedicated to sharing the stories of the Dutch resistance efforts during World War II. The Resistance Museum has a special child-friendly section –  the ‘Junior Resistance Museum’. This section includes various interactive educational activities. Click here to visit the Resistance Museum website or read more about the Junior Resistance Museum

Eye Film Museum

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM noord (north)
With its fascinating exhibitions and cinemas, the EYE Film Museum is Amsterdam’s museum dedicated to film. Here, visitors can watch films, learn about the history of film and discover how it works. The EYE Film Museum boasts a variety of child-friendly activities, including fun and educational tours, films and workshops. Click here to visit the museum website. 

Please email info@eyefilm.nl to reserve a mobility aid in advance. If you are planning a visit to EYE’s cinemas, please also inform the museum staff via email.

EYE Film Museum

Madame Tussaud

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM CITY CENTRE
Located near Dam Square and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Madame Tussaud is a wax museum home to wax models of your favourite celebrities and famous faces – from Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and Barack Obama to Bob Marley, Nicolas Cage and Zayn Malik. Click here to visit the Madame Tussaud Amsterdam website. 

Fire regulations only permit 2 wheelchair users in the museum at one time.  If you would like to visit Madame Tussaud Amsterdam in a wheelchair, the museum recommends making a reservation beforehand. Call: +31 (0) 20 522 10 10

Micropia

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM city CENTRE
Micropia is a fascinating and unique museum all about microbes! The museum has various interactive exhibitions that are enjoyable and educational for visitors of all ages. Click here for more information.

If you will be visiting with a mobility aid, the museum asks that visitors visit the reception desk upon arrival. A member of staff will then use a key card to provide access to the lift.

Micropia

National Maritime Museum

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM city CENTRE
The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam highlights the deep connection between The Netherlands, Dutch culture, and the sea. It holds a number of fun and interesting exhibitions for all ages, and even includes a historic VOC ship. Click here to visit the Maritime Museum website. 

NEMO Science Museum

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM city CENTRE
NEMO Science Museum is a child-friendly museum about science and technology. The museum includes various interactive exhibitions, experiments and workshops. Click here for more information.  

OBA Public Library (Oosterdokskade)

location: amsterdam city centre 
The OBA Public Library at Oosterdokskade is a lovely large modern facility well-equipped for visitors with reduced mobility. One of the floors includes a large selection of English-language books, as well as DVDs, sheet music, and much more. Unlike the OBA Public Library in Amsterdam South East, the city centre location offers FREE Wi-Fi for all visitors. 

The OBA Public Library is very child-friendly, with a whole floor dedicated to (international) children’s picture books, novels, and more. 

Click here to visit the OBA Public Library website. Please note: the review below is specifically about the OBA at Oosterdokskade 143.

Rijksmuseum

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM city CENTRE
The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s most iconic museums. Dedicated to art and history, it is home to a vast selection of artwork including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid. The museum has various child-friendly accessible activities including tours, treasure hunts, drawing lessons, and digital games. Click here to visit the Rijksmuseum website or read more child-friendly activities like the family activity guide

Additional useful information: The Rijksmuseum offers special maps showing wheelchair-friendly routes and toilets. Visitors unable to wait in line for medical reasons can obtain a Fast Pass.

Click here to read more about the museum’s accessibility. To reserve a wheelchair, rollator, walking stick or foldable chair, please email: groepen@rijksmuseum.nl

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Tropenmuseum

LOCATION: AMSTERDAM oost (east)
Located in a spectacular historic building, the Tropenmuseum has a variety of permanent and changing exhibitions dedicated to global cultures. The museum also has a special child-friendly section for families and younger visitors. Click here to visit the Tropenmuseum website or read more about the Junior Tropenmuseum.  

Additional useful information: Extra personalised tours are available.