Museums in Amsterdam

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Museums in Amsterdam

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  • mikeB
    Birmingham13 contributions
    Very moving experience. Well guided tour with portable audio information provided on each room/exhibit. For us a "must do" experience.

    Top tip is to book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.
    Written September 28, 2023
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  • HappyinHanoi2014
    Dana Point, CA8 contributions
    Our guide, Ella, was so great. She knew the history of Monet and the surrounding village and made the tour VERY enter interesting.
    Written September 28, 2023
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  • Leland_DLC
    Manila137 contributions
    But of course on my first visit to Amsterdam, I visited the Rijksmuseum. And it was certainly worth the trip and the extra money for the tour. The exterior of the museum alone is very impressive whether you approach it from the Museumplein side or the other side.

    (I could swear the Museumplein side is qualitatively different from the other side. Less cars, more space. It's like the Rijks is a border between one world and another)

    The lobby interior is really nice with some really nice statues on the edges.

    The collection is pretty massive. They even have a collection of Asian statues and Chinese porcelain. The rest is pretty much European art and historical memorabilia (including a weapons room)

    Of course the star of this show is Rembrandt's Night Watch. Even if it is behind a glass wall because of some studies they are making on the painting, it is still pretty awesome. Having a guide certainly helped explain things (though I noticed too late that each section has these huge cards which explain some stuff around)

    The Main Gallery has impressive artwork from Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others. Architecturally, the main gallery was also impressive. I'd stare at the ceiling as much as I did some paintings.

    In general, the collection at the Rijks made me appreciate oil on canvas. I especially liked how the painters made things seem like photographs and how they made some faces really stand out as if in a spotlight.

    Some feedback and tips:
    - Buy tickets online. That way you get in faster.
    - There's usually a group of musicians playing in the tunnel of the Rijks.
    - As always in Amsterdam, watch out for the bikes! They're given passage through the tunnel.
    - They ask you to deposit bags and umbrellas.
    - When I was there, the line for the women's comfort room was pretty long.
    - There's a modern art collection on the third floor but it is really hard to find. The location isn't intuitive. I wish they had more signage.
    - A tour is worth it. Gives you the lay of the land, some explanations, and best of all, you get to ask questions.
    - Go as early as you can because once you enter you can stay until 5 so imagine the crowd arounf 5 pm. But consider your lunch because the restaurant has a waiting line. Maybe have an early lunch before going,
    Written September 25, 2023
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  • redjumper2013
    London, UK13 contributions
    This was so interesting. I had not heard of it until we were in Amsterdam. Amazing that these Catholic churches existed in houses. The mind boggles how it was built. Would recommend.
    Written September 28, 2023
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  • Ali B
    61 contributions
    Fascinating. Informative and the use of donated bodies further backed up the explanations of human habits (such as smoking) and medical diagnoses. Process of plastination explained well. Physical health was tied in well with impacts on mental health and overall well-being. Worth a visit!
    Written September 27, 2023
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  • Richard W
    Raleigh, United States11 contributions
    Heard about this museum from a local Amsterdam resident and it did not disappoint. An incredible collection of stories and artifacts documenting the role of the Dutch resistance during WWII. Exceptionally well organized and can be easily done in less than 2 hours. But you will walk out with a whole new appreciation of what happened in WWII and the rule the resistance played. A great little museum and a museum that makes you think a lot as you go through it. Very moving at times and just exceptionally well done.
    Written September 11, 2023
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  • Ian C
    Toronto, Canada165 contributions
    Interesting tour and a unique way to see into Rembrandt’s life. The tour was just the right length for me and I would recommend it.
    Written September 17, 2023
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  • JoteePark
    Hamilton, New Zealand202 contributions
    A stunning old building, right in the heart of Amsterdam's museum district. We arrived late afternoon in the pouring rain without a booking so had to quickly make one and thankfully didn't have to wait too long to get a spot. A small but well presented selection of modern art, including a number of Banksy's, a Wharhol, Rothko to name drop a few. We also really loved the interactive exhibits. I think it's an art museum that would really appeal to curious kids and teens too. Wonderful views out the windows. The garden art was great too, pity about the pouring rain!! My 82 year old mother was utterly charmed by it all.
    Written August 20, 2023
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  • Mr Jupiter
    Jupiter, FL64 contributions
    We thought this was a great little activity, the actors were all very good and the audience participation kept the crack going.
    Not a scary activity if that's what you're looking for. Would recommend
    Written September 24, 2023
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  • Marissa Jane Plaster
    Jersey, UK4 contributions
    Stunning museum and full of such amazing artefacts and information. My husband and I are specifically interested in boats and sea history etc which is the main reason we went here but I think it would suit anybody. Some really interesting things to look at in a very beautiful building. Really enjoyed it.
    Written September 5, 2023
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  • Catherine G
    Denver, CO3 contributions
    This science museum has the most densely packed assortment of interactive displays I have ever seen. This is a great place to take kids who like to interact with the museum. As an adult, we appreciated it and learned, but it is definitely targeting an experience for kids more than adults. It was super crowded in the afternoon we were there to the point that it was very hard to experience many of the displays.
    Written August 10, 2023
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  • Blamelessfawn
    30 contributions
    Daughter was excited to visit this museum, and she loved it. Very informative, not huge but had lots to look at. Adults enjoyed it too. Only downside was the ticket doesn’t allow you access to the gift shop. Daughter wanted an Artis de Partis toy, and we weren’t allowed in to the shop to purchase one. We travelled to the station to purchase, which was a bit of a trek, so that was annoying.
    Written August 23, 2023
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  • Yaojel E
    1 contribution
    It was really fun going there and taking pictures with all the famous people you might know.

    Only thing that when you are in solo you can't really take good pictures unless someone else help you do it.

    The staff were very friendly, just please help the solo people take some good pictures. 😉

    And for the future it will be nice to see more famous people added to your collection for example latin singers.
    And if it's possible animal heroes in history. 😊
    Written June 15, 2023
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  • Anthony M
    1 contribution
    Our tour guide was funny, engaging, and really knowledgeable. It took about an hour without questions. I was blown away by how much of a fan of windmills I am now. You will be too.
    Written September 26, 2023
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  • Annette Lucero
    1 contribution
    Unique and clever production. A nice introduction to Rembrandt’s life and works. An enjoyable experience.
    Written August 7, 2023
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