National Museum of the Netherlands
I like to go to museums in every country. There are many kinds of things here. There is also a very classical library.
There are probably all kinds of oil paintings in the Netherlands. They are exquisite. Some of them are just like photographs. The treasure of the town hall, nightwatch, is on the top floor. There are also Chinese porcelain in the hall. I wonder if it was taken in the Yuanmingyuan, ha?
After taking the children to the Rembrandt House a while ago, we thought it would be a good idea to now take them to the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s most famous painting, the Nachtwacht (Night Watch). The Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam’s Arts, Craft and History museum and houses a large and important collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (think Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals).The fact that the museum is currently being renovated, and has only the ‘best of” on display, makes it a more manageable size for children. There are some lovely publications for sale in the bookshop that will help you make the visit as interesting for your children as for you. And the doll’s house is seriously amazing, I still remember that from my childhood, and I’m pretty sure it made an equally big impression on my kids. Don’t miss it!
UPDATE!Grand reopening today! Wow! This place is gorgeous! After 10 years of renovations, the Rijksmuseum is open with its collection back and it is stunning. The courtyard is filled with light and the little cafe there is perfect for a pause from museum fatigue. The way they have set up the collection is so powerful and really draws you in. And the space, the space! No crushing to take a look. I was there with thousands of people in half the space available (they roped it off to move the crowds but it will be normal soon) and I never felt crushed. There was just so much room. Wonderful to see all the paintings, artifacts and sculptures back together and placed so thoughtfully together. I imagine I will be spending many Saturdays exploring the collection and the library which is now much easier to access!
**EXCELLENT ART MUSEUM IN AMS**My all-time favorite museum in AMS.Purchased our tickets ahead of time, so no lines.Spacious, clean, and great layouts.Organized by time periods and artists with plenty of insightful information.I didn't get the audio tour, but it was fine.I relaxed, took my time, and completed the museum in two hours.Just an AHHHHH-mazing museum.NOTE:*Open 9AM-6PM everyday (except January 1)*NO eateries on site.*Cost is around $15 USD (18 and under FREE)*Avoid rush hour during high season (April to June) by visiting after 4PM*Bags and suitcases larger than 55 x 35 x 25 cm are not allowed insideHIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Opening hours9:00 to 17:00 daily, all days of the yearThe Rijksmuseum’s ticket desk closes at 16:30The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijks Shop and Café are also open to visitors without a ticket from 9:00 to 18:00Please note that it can be very busy in the Rijksmuseum. Museumkaart and e-ticket holders do not have to go to the ticket counter. Nonetheless, you may have to queue outside the museum. These queues are for all visitors – except for our benefactors (Vrienden van het Rijksmuseum) or people with reservations for a guided tour or workshop. The busiest times are Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 and 15:00, on bank holidays and during the holiday period.
Put aside a few hours for this beast. The newly renovated Rijks looks like a dramatic castle standing proudly over the Museum Quarter - it takes your breath away before even going inside. For about 17 euro you can lose yourself in over four levels of Rembrandt’s, delftwear masterpieces, Golden Age classics, Van Gogh, Vermeers (The Kitchen Maid is my favourite) and stacks more. The restaurant in the atrium of the museum is actually very reasonable and serves up traditional Dutch bites and yummy hot chocolate in a sun drenched atmosphere.
One of Europe's best classical art museums. At the time of my visit, the museum was undergoing renovation and so only had a "greatest hits" exhibit open. No complaints here, as I was able to see every piece I was excited for along with many other masterpieces. For some reason, Dutch museum captions are the best in the world, combining history, education and wit to lead visitors on a delightful journey through the imaginations and lives of those artists who have contributed so much to society.
The Rijksmuseum (the Dutch National Museum) takes your breath away, you can lose yourself in over 4 levels of Rembrandt’s, Vermeers, van Gogh, the Dutch Golden Age, Delftwear and much more. So put aside a few hours to explore this museum. TIP, at this moment are special expositions the first expo around 500 years Fashion called: “CatWalk” And the second expo, Girl in Kimono, about the works of a prominte Amsterdam painter George H. Breiner. A must to see!
Fell in love with the Dutch Masters area. All those Vermeers, de Hooch and Rembrandts are a feast to the eyes. But the Rijksmuseum has so much more: be amazed at the library or wonder at the luxurious doll houses.Renovations took more than 10 years to be completed, so the museum is filled no only with tourists, but with many Dutch as well.Try to buy a ticket online, as lines can be huge. And download the free app, which has some great audioguides.