Amsterdam City is divided into several squares and districts such as Jordaan neighborhood, Centrum or the City Centre district, De Pijp district, Red Light District, Canal Ring district, and Museumplein or the Museum Quarter. The most famous museums in Museumplein square are Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum.
A private Rijksmuseum tour provides you access to artworks across ages. A visit to the Van Gogh museum, on the other hand, offers portraits of the Dutch painter alongside his self-portrait and several other artworks. The Museum Square is also home to the Diamond Museum, housed in a 17th Century villa. It is close to Van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum, the two most visited museums in Amsterdam as of 2017.
The museum devoted to diamonds history and making is worth a visit when you are on Amsterdam walking tours. It is often billed as Europe’s only museum that centers its theme on diamonds. Its permanent exhibit ‘Brilliant Beauties,’ revolves around nine themes that show the distinct facets of the gemstones. When in the Diamond Museum, you can come across the Dutch royal family’s jewels, world’s smallest cut diamond, and understand the distinction between a fake and a real diamond.
Amsterdam diamonds traces way back to the 16th Century. During the times of Dutch Golden Age period, the Dutch capital had a diamond industry that was booming slowly but steadily. During late 19th Century, Amsterdam was home to over seven hundred polishing wheels. It is said that the world-famous diamonds such as Koh-I-Noor and Cullinan were polished in the city capital. In fact, for centuries, Amsterdam was referred to as the City of Diamonds courtesy of the polishing wheels.
Needless to say, the history of diamonds makes Amsterdam City an ideal setting for the Diamond Museum. When in Museumplein square, make it a point to visit the place, so that you can also polish up a diamond encyclopedia of knowledge. This is one of a kind museum, which you may want to include to your Rijksmuseum tour alongside the Van Gogh private tour. Both of them revolve around fine arts, where this museum focuses on diamonds; all three in Museum Quarter are worth its weight in gold.
Apart from the well-known museums, the Diamond Museum is also adjacent to Royal Coster Diamonds polishing factory that still exists to this day in Amsterdam city.