Rijksmuseum, or the State Museum, is considered a true national treasure. Its exhibits include paintings from The ... More
Rijksmuseum, or the State Museum, is considered a true national treasure. Its exhibits include paintings from The Netherlands' 17th-century Golden Age by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. Rembrandt's Night Watch is the museum's centerpiece. You'll also find works from the Middle Ages and the 18th and 19th Centuries, superb collections of silver and delftware ceramics, old doll's houses and fantastic examples of Asian Art. Check website for open hours and admission prices that vary for various collections in the museum.
What a wonderdul art museum. It's in the top 10 of Europe. The Rijks is under construction for quite some time so the masters were moved into the Phillips wing and it's just a small group representing the collection. It still took a little over 2 hours and that included the decent audioguide. The value is a bit less since you don't have access to the rest of the collection and the main building. Don't let that stop you from going to this museum. It's in the top 3 attractions of Amsterdam. Everyone seemed to linger in front of the Nightwatch for 20-30 minutes. Every time I am in Amsterdam I always go back. It is easy access from several trams.
This is a must see stop in Amsterdam. We have been in this great city several times and we always go back. No matter how many times you go you gain a new appreciation of the artist. The figures appear they are able to walk right out of the paintings. The museum is worth your time and $$'s.
Only 14 out of about 140 rooms are open during this renovation that is expected to last for several years. While the paintings they have are wonderful, we were disappointed because we are used to seeing the entire collection.
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The Rijksmuseum is easy to get after stepping off the train and crossing to your left to the busline to catch a bus displaying its destination overhead. If not, just ask because all bus drivers speaking English as well as a few other languages, such as French and German. Maybe even Spanish. Who knows? But definitely English.
At the museum you can use a digital camera without flash. If someone asks, tell them just that and you won't have any problems, except trying to fit one of the big spectacular paintings, such as Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' into the panoramic setting.
Over the past few years, the Rijksmuseum has been undergoing a facelift. But don't let that discourage you, as there are many floors to see, and they're all sectioned off according to period and country.
Many Dutch artists are featured at this state museum, such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Mondriaan, Vangogh, DeWit, etc. Also are French artists such as Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Magrit, Cezanne, etc.
As in most state museums, artists from several other countries are featured here as well. So you won't leave feeling disappointed. And if you didn't get enough in the Rijksmuseum, there's always the lovely Vangogh museum around the corner and worth the price as well.
Upon leaving the museum, walk up the sidewalk toward the kiosks and enjoy a delectable warm waffel with hot cherries and whipped cream - very tasty!
In the summer months, I'd suggest you take the boat bus that drops you on and off at several interesting points, such as the Anne Frankenhuis, Flower & Flea Markets, various museums, and in walking distance to the Red Light district. The boats also bring you back to your destination starting point. So those of you who tend to get lost in the canals can easily navigate your way back :).
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