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“Not a huge museum person, but loved this one” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rijksmuseum
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Canal Cruise with Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Ranked #1 of 466 things to do in Amsterdam
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. The completely renovated Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and more! Most famous is Rembrandt's masterpiece the Night Watch. A new display of the collection, a renewed building, new public facilities, a revamped garden and a new Asian Pavilion. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Bitburg, Germany
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“Not a huge museum person, but loved this one”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

I visited the museum with my husband and got the audio guide and the 10 Euro print copy guide, and had the most interesting time. Getting the back story on the art made so much difference in understanding and appreciating what we were seeing. This was a wonderful way to spend a few hours in Amsterdam and I'd suggest it to anyone. Be sure and get the audioguide! :)

Visited January 2014
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“Really is a "Must See"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

Typically, due to time constraints, I don't care to visit such large museums but the Rijks shattered that practice. The place is huge and amazing but if you want to do the "cliff notes" version, pick up the museum map, select your faves by gallery location than ask a museum guard to direct you. Really saves time. Before leaving definitely check out the Hall of Honor on the 2nd floor. At the end of the hall there is a gallery with old masters paintings the size of road-side billboards. Must see the "old masters" staring down at the museum visitors and vice-versa - impressive AND amusing to see the interaction. Brilliant example of art display. Check with your hotel to see if you can get discount tics to the museum along with a Blue Boat Company canal tour.
You could be spend a week but definitely go for a couple of hours.

Visited December 2013
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London
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“Top 5 in the museum world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

Simply amazing: some great art, breezy and accessible, lots of space to walk even with people around. Very busy since it re-opened but frankly, lots of walking and seating space for everybody. Download the app first: wifi is free, and you will avoid paying for the audio-guide (just slightly more complete)

Visited January 2014
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“So much better for its renovation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

I have visited the Rijksmuseum previously but have had to put up with what seemed like a never-ending renovation. The good news is that the renovation has been completed. The great news is that it has provided a brilliant update to a gorgeous building and has certainly enhanced one of the world's great museums. (To be fair, the Rijksmuseum is part museum and large part art gallery.)

I suspect for most people the highlight of the Rijksmuseum is its extensive Rembrandt collection, with the focal point being "The Night Watch", a magificent, large painting staggering in its detail and life. The gallery leading towards this painting now houses a collection of Dutch art from before and during Rembrandt's time. In particular, there is a fine collection of works by Franz Hals. I have previously visited the Franz Hals museum in Haarlem, but there is no way there to compare Hals' work with that of others. The display at the Rijksmuseum left me questioning whether Hals wasn't every bit as great and influential an artist as Rembrandt. The Hals display includes one of the most stunningly beautiful still life paintings, extraordinary in its detail and use of both light and reflection, probably the first wedding portrait of its era to include husband and wife in the one work, and several 'character' paintings where the people are so life-like and vivacious that you could almost talk to them.

The museum goes well beyond Dutch art however. Displays cover the Dutch colonies of Batavia and Surinam, glass, ceramic and silverware of the 15th to 17th centuries, and an art nouveau section (though beware - the museum map suggests there's an Yves St Laurent section. It consists of one dress only, based on art by Mondrian).

Displays that particularly took my eye included a striped concentration camp coat, clearly identifying the wearer as Jewish, worn by a Dutch woman who survived four concentration camps including Auschwitz (where, sadly, her parents were murdered). This was adjacent to a Nazi chess set, allegedly presented to one of the regime's leaders, which was hardly shy in setting out the Nazi agenda. Pieces were in the shapes of Stukas, bombs, panzers and Wehrmacht troops.

I was also taken by a sculpture done by a Japanese artist in the 1960s during the era of opposition to the Vietnam war. It represented a human-sized figure whose head morphed into a Buck Rogers' style cannon. Its posture was overbearing and threatening. The sculpture is entitled 'Made in America' and it seemed even more pointed today than when it was made, given the many mass murders committed in the USA which have been expedited by that society's obscene attachment to unfettered availability of high powered weaponry.

The museum also features furniture and tapestries, maritime models and extraordinary, large dolls houses which were not for children but were the hobby of very well-to-do ladies in Amsterdam (especially) when Holland was one of the World's major trading powers. The detail in these dolls houses is simply amazing.

We spent a complete day in the Rijksmuseum and could, if time allowed, easily have spent longer. Admission was 15 euros each, which we felt was great value. The museum is a 'must see' when you visit Amsterdam.

Visited January 2014
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

This has many one of a kind notable works. The crowds can be a bit much so buy your tickets on line (they don't have a particular time slot) and go on an off day. The audio guide is useful but they also have handouts near major works which are worth reading.

Visited January 2014
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