Amsterdam is a museum-lover’s paradise. Whether you’re into history, art, photography, science, fashion, or even cheese, there’s a museum for just about everything. While not all museums are wheelchair-friendly, a growing number are acting on the importance of making Amsterdam’s arts and culture scene inclusive to everyone.
In no particular order, here are 5 of my favourite wheelchair-friendly museums in Amsterdam:
1. Van Gogh Museum
From experience, I’d say the museum is 90% accessible. Entrance doors are automatic, the layout is spacious, and there’s a massive lift. The only points of inaccessibility are the lockers (stairs only), some of the jars, dishes and microscope installations (hard to see from wheelchair-level) and certain interactive features (up on a platform). I’ve been told there’s an accessible toilet with support rails on the 1st floor, but still have to check it out.
3. Stedelijk Museum
The Stedelijk Museum has large exhibition rooms and (platform) lifts where needed. Mobility aids and accessibility floor plans can be borrowed. There is a spacious accessible toilet with support beams. The only potential challenges for wheelchair users include the heavy entrance doors and plastic curtains leading to some of the exhibitions. Thankfully, in my experience, members of staff offered assistance.
4. Amsterdam Museum
With the exception of the children’s section, the Amsterdam Museum is very accessible. The museum has automatic doors, ramps, (platform) lifts and plenty of space. Many interactive elements like headsets and electronic buttons are within reach for wheelchair users. Potential challenges include outdoor cobble stones and a few low thresholds as you roll towards the entrance.
Update 13/07/2019: Initially I had written that Micropia does not have an accessible toilet. However, it turns out there’s an accessible toilet on the 1st floor (I missed it during my visit). I’ll have to check out Micropia’s toilet facilities and will update this post ASAP.