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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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After a small break, we biked to the Museum Quarter to see the famous Rijksmuseum. We did not go to this museum first just because we didn’t want to ruin the experience at the other museums. We heard that this museum was really good and really big also and that it would take the whole day to visit. As we just had half of the day left, we still wanted to try our luck and visited this place. Yes, the museum is pretty big and full of art and historical stuff. However, we were a bit disappointed; the museum was not as great as we expected. Probably we had heard a lot about it and did expect too much from this museum. If we just went there without any information, we might enjoy it better. Yet, it was a good experience though. [more ]

Getting into the Rijksmuseum

There is a distinct lack of a discount policy at the Rijksmuseum (although under-18 will get you in for free, and the 10 Euro entry fee isn't so bad, especially if you go on a Friday night when they have extended hours and frequent concerts).

However, in the midst of building construction and budget constrictions, there is a way to enjoy part of the Rijksmuseum for free. Head over to the Renaissance and Baroque Gardens (still open during construction and during the winter) to enjoy some outdoor scenery including some great sculpture and Dutch architecture dating back to the 17th Century. There are free maps at the entryway to give you the lowdown on who's who and what's what.

And you can also check out a version of the museum for free in Schiopol Airport behind Passport Control. [more ]


The past few years have been a weird time for the Rijksmuseum. In 2003, it began a series of renovations that will be completed in 2009 which has left the museum famous for its collections of Dutch masters in flux for the past five years. Moreover, this summer General Director Ronald de Leeuw will step down from his post and retire.

While there is no known museum scandale behind that story, we can only hope that his successor will make sure that the New Rijksmuseum (set to include a new atrium in the entrance, a new contemporary gallery for Asian art, and the removal of some galleries built in the 50s and 60s to create a lighter atmosphere) is as fabulous as it sounds. [more ]

Rijks Museum

The Rijks Museum is maybe as famous as the Van Gogh Museum and also, very close to the latter. I found the Rijks Museum more interesting than the Van Gogh one, but I think that was because of the wide variety offered by the Rijks. I was very excited to see an original painting of Rembrandt and also, many other art objects. What I also liked a lot were the numerous boats, at small scale. There were some very interesting models, each coming with an explanation of the time and region where it was used. You also get to understand a bit about the mechanisms that make the ships function and a lot more. It's really worth the money. [more ]

Rijsk Museum

Rijsk Museum is located at Jan Luijkenstraat 1. This museum right in the heart of Amsterdam was long on my list of to-do things. Rijsk Museum opened its doors in 1885 in the building designed by Pierre Cuypers and it has been tourists in draws ever since. The highlight of the museum's collection is of course the Masterpieces – with its Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen and Hals. Truly 20 Rembrandts in one place and then Vermeer to top it off, well heaven for any art lover. But there are other things to see such as the famous doll houses, Delftware and other items of the Golden age. My advice would be if you want to enjoy it properly devoted whole morning or afternoon to take it all in.

Opening hours are daily from 9:00am until 6:00pm, Fridays from 9:30am until 8:30pm. The price of admission is free, while for under 18s the admission is free of charge. [more ]


The Rijk Museum has some of the best known art known to man. The Rijk museum is conviniently located in the museum district next to the Van Gogh Museum. A Museum card can be purchased here which will allow you free entry to all of the museums in Holland. The Rijk Museum gives an awesome look at beautiful works of art and also some very interesting history. The Rijk Museum is only a short distance from the main train station and can be easily reached by bike, foot, or train. At the main train station there is many helpful representatives that are more than happy to help you find your way around the city and provide you with a map. [more ]


It was under extensive renovation when I visited (July 2007) so the museum was limited in space and opening times. However, it is still hosting the highlights of its collection in a display entitled ‘The Masterpieces’ in the newly renovated Philips Wing. If you’re an art lover then you will still get the chance to feast your eyes on works from the Dutch Masters including Rembrandt and his ‘The Night Watch’ which is a stunning painting. The Rijksmuseum is still a very popular attraction (despite the construction and limited capacity) so be prepared to queue and although the renovations are not scheduled to be completed until 2010, don’t let that put you off from visiting. [more ]

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