Art & Design School Trip to Amsterdam

GCSE and A level school art trips abroad don't get better than the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the perfect destination for art study tours as students have the opportunity to see work by Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Not only will your students be able to easily get around the city with its compact nature of art galleries all within walking distance, but you will be able to experience the vibrant culture and architecture on the way.

Take a look at a sample itinerary below for your art and design school trip and see which attractions are on offer during your school or sixth form college tour.


Tour Day 1

Depart school to arrive late afternoon
Check in at your accommodation followed by evening meal
Free time in the evening for local orientation

Tour Day 2

Visit the Golden Age exhibition in the Rijksmuesum
Take a short walk over to the Van Gogh Museum
Evening meal at your hotel

Tour Day 3

Visit the Stedelijk Museum to view the contemporary art and design
Opportunity for sightseeing of Amsterdam by taking a canal cruise around the city followed by free time around Dam Square
Evening meal at your hotel

Tour Day 4

Depart for your journey back to the UK

Curricular Links

A WST tour to Amsterdam will support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications:



Study Visits


The Rijksmuseum is home to over 400 masterpieces that are dedicated to arts, crafts and history. All the pieces in the museum tell the story of economic and political wonders of Holland’s Golden Age. Some of the work on display includes ‘The Kitchen Maid’ by Vermeer as well as Stein’s interpretations of daily life.

Rembrandthuis Museum

Rembrandt is one of the most famous painters of European history and the most important in Dutch history. The museum provides a complete outline of Rembrandt's life and work including four of his original etching plates.

Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gough museum is home to over 200 of his canvases – making it the largest collection in the world. The museum gives insight into his life and his work as well as including work from artists that were influenced by or influenced Van Gough – such as Monet and Gauguin.

Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk has a great collection of modern and contemporary art and design - holding masterpieces from some of the biggest names including Mondriaan, Appel and Picasso. 

Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage museum has both permanent and temporary exhibitions of work belonging to the Hermitage museum in Russia – including work from Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyk and Jacob Jordaens.

Cultural Visits

Anne Frank Museum

When visiting the Anne Frank museum students are given the opportunity to see exactly how the family lived. The rooms of the Secret Annex have been maintained in their original state and Otto’s former office has been restored to the style and atmosphere of the hiding period – giving students an authentic experience of the Anne Frank museum.

Canal Cruise

A canal cruise is the best way to see the city of Amsterdam. The waterways pass all of the main tourist attractions, including the Anne Frank house and the Rijksmuseum.

Ajax Football Stadium

Home to Ajax, students can take a tour of the Ajax Football Stadium – including the players tunnel, changing rooms, the pitch and the museum.

Amsterdam Dungeons

The Amsterdam Dungeons bring to life over 500 years of dark history - it has 11 shows involving 7 actors in 1 terrifying experience. The Dungeons will scare students silly during an 80-minute tour that will allow pupils to discover the dark secrets of Rembrandt as well as escape torture from Peter Titelmann.

Knijn Bowling

Knijn Bowling is the perfect way to keep students entertained during the evening in Amsterdam – it also has a restaurant where we can arrange an evening meal.

Mirandabad Waterpark

This large indoor pool has slides and wave pools – and is open on weekdays until 9PM.

Dam Square

Dam square is at the heart of Amsterdam and is home to the best shops and restaurants in the city.


There are many restaurants in Amsterdam – our most popular choices being the Hard Rock Café near the Rijkmuseum or the traditional Dutch pancake restaurants.

Nici's Expert Tip

The National Gallery offers a free ‘Talking Paintings’ session. It provides a narrative of the history of painting with challenging themes that resonate today.

Top tip from Nici, our Specialist Art & Design Expert