Museumplein (Museum-square in English) is the name given to the area between Rijksmuseum and the Concertgebouw. The area got the name because of the museums located around the square and therefore also referred to as Museum Quarter or Museum District. The square has an extraordinary history and is unique to Amsterdam, just as it would be in any European city with its size. Situated close to the busy city centre, the Museumplein is where all tourists in Amsterdam converge.
The Museumplein is located in Amsterdam South, south of the Rijksmuseum. The square plays an important recreational function within the city. Due to the presence of large and smaller grass areas, a pond and other recreational options, the square has almost a park-like feel and appearance. All kinds of events are organized on the square, including the Uitmarkt. The Museumplein is also often the place where large demonstrations are held. In addition to the aforementioned Rijksmuseum, there is also the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw on the Museumplein.
Almost all tourists in Amsterdam eventually end up on the Museumplein. Apart from the fact that three of the city’s most popular museums in Amsterdam are located there, the square also has some canal cruise companies in the vicinity. There are trendy shops for shopaholics, cosy restaurants serving tasty dishes from all over the world and in the summer, lots of sporting activities are also organised on the square. The popular Leidseplein is also just a mere 5-minute walk from the Museumplein.