Living Working and Painting in Amsterdam during a Global Pandemic

Amsterdam is internationally known for its museums and galleries of international standards, making it a popular destination. The art market exhibits in Amsterdam are a great experience, particularly when you visit for a short period. Amsterdam’s biggest square is home to four of the museums that exhibit many Dutch masters and a great range of contemporary and modern art.

An Artist’s Perspective Of Amsterdam

Maximilian Lang-Orsini is an artist from Amsterdam, Netherlands, who paints from his imagination, giving insights on what living in Amsterdam is like. Through his blogs, he shares the sights and wonders you can experience in this beautiful country. This 25-year-old blogger enjoys duck herding, binge-watching box sets and gaming.

He is smart and creative and loves to share his experience of the beautiful Amsterdam through his paintings. He is such an avid gamer he even writes reviews on games. One of the games he has written a detailed review about is Dead By Daylight where he gives a survivors review.

Having attended college courses in Biology, Maths, Chemistry, and Design, and as a well-versed person in arts, Maximilian Lang-Orsini tells us of museums and other interesting sites that are a must-visit when in Amsterdam. Here are some of them:

Hermitage Amsterdam

Of all the sites mentioned in this article, The Hermitage Amsterdam has been opened the longest. It was first opened in 1683 as an older women’s home built next to the Amstel River. They host an exhibition based on the principal collection of Hermitage twice a year. From the Golden Age of the 17th Century, this museum displays the most nuanced portraits in one location.

Stedelijk Museum

The Museum of Stedelijk is the most iconic in the Netherlands for modern and contemporary art. It consists of unbelievable works of art by Piet Mondrain, Roy Lichtenstein, and Yves Klein. The museum also features architectural items, side by side, showing more than art.

Nieuwe Kerk

Nieuwe Kerk church is located on the Dam Square at the heart of Amsterdam. It is an old antique with a rich history as it is where the Dutch Queens and Kings settled in 1814.


The Rijksmuseum is a tourist destination that is loved by many, and a must-visit if you are ever in Amsterdam. It was designed by Pierre Cuyoers and opened way back in 1885. This museum is home to 80 galleries that showcase over 800 years of golden age Dutch artistic cultural institutions.

Joods Historisch Museum

This museum is full of old Jewish based religious artefacts, painting, music, and photographs portraying an in-depth imprint of Amsterdam’s history. The Joods Historisch Museum has been in existence since 1987 and focuses on exhibiting Dutch Jewish culture.


FOAM has been installed in a 17th-century canal building, a splendid photographic gallery. FOAM hosts frequent shows for the photography worms and turns the showcase into a new artist every few months. FOAM’s purpose is to encourage talented photographers who deserve to be focused on, in a wonderful and welcoming culture.

In Summary

Maximilian Lang-Orsini hopes that you gain great insights from visiting these museums and historical sites. He highly recommends them to enable you better experience Amsterdam’s art scene. Indeed, if you are an art lover and appreciate the rich history, Amsterdam is definitely the place to visit.

Amsterdam’s Top Art Attractions You Must Visit

Amsterdam is well known worldwide for its world-class art galleries and museums, making it a well deserved popular place of visit. In this article, I, Max Lang-Orsini, will break down to you the top art attractions you must visit when travelling to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s Art Movements

Amsterdam’s art exhibits are a great experience to visit, especially if you’re visiting for a short period. Amsterdam’s largest square is home to four museums showcasing many dutch masters, more than you can imagine, but is also a huge variety from modern art and contemporary art.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

This article cannot exist without a mention from the iconic exhibition space that is the Van Gogh Museum. The name is as iconic as the museum with art being seen by millions of people and have been around since the golden age of Amsterdam. Home to 200 paintings, you will feel privileged to see Van Gogh’s greatest creations as you immerse yourself in his time.

Since this is a successful museum, tickets sell fast, so make sure you book your tickets in advance.

Joods Historisch MuseumJoods Historisch Museum

The recent museum, Joods Historisch Museum, has been around since 1987 is full of old Jewish based religious artefacts, photographs, music and paintings giving an in-depth impression of Amsterdam’s history. This Jewish based museum focuses on displaying Dutch Jewish culture with an interactive exhibit experience.

Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum

Another icon of Amsterdam’s art culture that has to appear on this list. The Stedelijk Museum is the most iconic modern and contemporary art museum throughout the whole of the Netherlands. It includes incredible art collections from the works of Piet Mondrain, Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein and more. Showcasing more than art, the Stedelijk Museum also includes design objects side by side.



FOAM is an excellent photography based museum that has been created in a 17th-century canal house. FOAM holds regular exhibitions for your photography worms and rotates their showcase every few months to show upcoming talent in the scene. Based around a great and friendly community, FOAM has the end goal of promoting the talented photographers that deserve it.

This Museum does not accept cash, book your tickets in advance or paying by card would be accepted. 

Nieuwe Kerk

Nieuwe Kerk

At the heart of Amsterdam on the Dam Square is where the Nieuwe Kerk church belongs. Next to the Royal Palace this ‘New Church’ belongs where the Dutch Kings and Queens have settled since 1814. Full of history, the New Church brings an old antique feel whilst showcasing it’s cultural style and events throughout this exhibition.



Rembrandt bought this house for a massive sum of money. With the pressure of mortgage payments piling up, he was forced to move in 1656 when he was declared bankrupt.

After this situation unfolded, the clerks made a list of the house. It was these records that provided renovators with an idea of how the house looked. The Rembrandt house museum has recently gained the popularity of its interesting story.

CoBrA Museum

CoBrA Museum

To the west centre of Amsterdam, the CoBrA museum is high up the foot chain of modern art. Artists such as Eugene Brands and Karel Appel used to be ‘troublemakers’ but now own the top museums in Amsterdam. With their modern style environment, the passionate group holds many temporary exhibitions outside of the CoBrA group too.

Moco Museum

Moco Museum

Whilst this private museum is much smaller than the Stedelijk, it’s outside view is extraordinary with it being surrounded by many stunning contemporary sculptures. Moco is a modern art based museum, and the name stands for ‘modern contemporary’. Home in an early 20th-century mansion, this museum holds the most influential artists like Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.



The Rijksmuseum is a popular tourist destination people love to visit in Amsterdam. Designed by Pierre Cuypers and opened many years ago in 1885, the Rijksmuseum holds Amsterdam’s biggest collection of artefacts and art. The 80 galleries that are home to this museum showcases over 800 years of Dutch artistic culture from the golden age of Amsterdam.

This is an extremely popular museum to visit, book your tickets now.

Hermitage Amsterdam

Hermitage Amsterdam

The Hermitage Amsterdam has been opened for the longest time on this list, since 1683. It first opened as a home for the women in their elderlies built next to the Amstel River. Twice a year they host an exhibition based on the main hermitage collection. This 17th-Century golden age museum showcases the best portraits together in one place.

I hope from reading this article you understand more about Amsterdam’s art scene and would visit yourself one time, I would highly recommend it.

Written By: Max Lang-Orsini

What It Is Like To Study At The University Of Amsterdam?

Before this article begins, I want to mention that if you are an international student considering their options and the University Of Amsterdam is one, you’re making the right choice, I couldn’t recommend a better University experience!

What’s It Like Studying In Amsterdam?

There are many reasons why you should study at the University Of Amsterdam (UVA), and some of them aren’t even about the University or course!


Studying at the UVA is no mistake, to back this up, the UVA is classed as one of top universities in Europe. It is also ranked in the top 61 universities in the World University Rankings.

They offer a wide selection of Degree programmes and Masters programmes, so keep an open mind when searching for courses, the UVA will convince you! If not, try and attend a UVA opening day, or if you are struggling for travel, they do virtual opening days also.

Cheap & Affordable Course & Living Prices

When you compare the Netherlands to other western european places, the Netherlands provide cheap costs to those who are in student life. From my experience studying at the UVA, you will need just less than €500 (on average) a month on rent. You fund this by working part time jobs alongside your student loan that you will receive.

You can also apply for free public transport passes, giving you more money a week to spend on that student housing of yours! The dutch also offer scholarships that can fully reduce the tuition fee of your course!

I also found it to be a struggle when searching for an accommodation, this is because i was searching in the closing months to University. There is a huge demand for accommodation there in Amsterdam, so it’s worth researching early and getting yourself in one as soon as possible!

Teaching Methods

The Dutch educational methods are known for it’s high quality and are acknowledged worldwide for it. They focus much on teamwork allowing it to be much easier for international students. The Dutch are well known for their students’ relationships between each other and their tutor.

They primarily focus on practical methods over theoretical methods.

English Speaking

To make life easier, the degrees that are taught here are taught in the English speaking language. Since it is a common international university, most courses here are taught in English, which does have it’s benefit within the culture.

The Netherlands is known as the first non-native english speaking country which has universities that hold English speaking courses. If you come from a country that does not speak English natively, you will need to take IELTS, TOEFL, or similar English language tests. As a disadvantage to those who don’t speak English natively, the Netherlands are strict when it comes to speaking a language there.


The culture in Amsterdam has that Dutch essence with added international cultures and languages to give an internationally multicultural capital.

English Speaking

Following on from the last heading, Amsterdam is an international and multicultural filled environment, so English tends to be the primary language for shops, bars, pretty much everywhere! Since this is the case, the UVA tends to be a highly recommended place with over 95% of the locals there speaking English.

Multicultural Environment

Amsterdam is a widely internationally driven capital. During 2015, the international students there came from over 150 different countries, primarily from Italy, China, and Germany. The UVA has associations to help the international students throughout their studies there.


Many international city capitals are usually extremely populated and crowded, however, compared to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, it isn’t as crowded. As of 2019, the population of Amsterdam was 860,000, which sounds like a lot, but when you compare this to other countries’ capitals, like the UK; 9,000,000, it doesn’t seem as excessive.

Famous Places

Whilst you live out your student life, you will more than likely not run out of entertainment and leisures to do there. It has many famous cafes, bars, canals, and more significantly, it’s Art Scene.

When you’ve had enough of constantly getting drunk and visiting the bars with your friends, the famous canals and art museums are in it’s own right worth exploring. The canals provide beautiful scenery as you go out for your morning jog, or perhaps your night walk.

The art scene in Amsterdam is like no other country and stands out within its own right. It’s history is plagued with it’s beauty and interest in art which provides the best insight for the creative students. The Van Gogh museum is the most common place of visit, but other museums like the Stedelijk and the Rijksmuseum are also other internationally known museums.

I hope this article gives you a great insight to what it’s like studying at the University of Amsterdam, good luck on your future endeavours!

Written By: Max Lang-Orsini