On bright, cold days from late November through February, Museumplein is transformed into a wintry wonderland, with an ice rink, holiday market and craft-making displays. With the mighty Rijksmuseum as a backdrop, join locals in favorite outdoor winter pastimes―ice skating, prick sledding, ice hockey and curling.
Even in years when the canals don't freeze in the Dutch capital, you can twirl and dip on ICE* Amsterdam's frozen rink, then warm up with hot cocoa on a heated terrace. Adjacent to the outdoor rink, Brasserie Winters serves stews, fondues and apple strudel in chalet-like surroundings. Professional instructors guide skaters of all ages in classes, private lessons, and hockey and curling clinics.
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Artistic Retail on Museumplein: The Museum Shop
Even if you haven't managed to navigate all the way through Amsterdam's mighty Rijksmuseum or smaller Van Gogh Museum, you can still pick up memorabilia that will recall the Dutch Masters at The Museum Shop on Museumplein. Operated jointly by the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, the bright shop stocks posters, note cards, bags, tulip vases, books, jewelry and other trinkets inspired by Dutch culture and art in Amsterdam's world-renowned museums. While not as large as the retail shops within each museum, you'll find plenty to bring home at The Museum Shop, minus any admission cost.