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“Very disappointing. Good cafe with multiple stultified exhibits attached.”
Review of Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum
Ranked #1 of 615 things to do in Amsterdam
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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.
Reviewed December 27, 2015

Very confusing interior despite the map provided when you check in. Walked right past the Vermeers we had come to see; they are so small in that huge gallery, packed with visitors.

The very worst part is the curation / arrangement of museum contents. This is like being back about 40 years ago. Signs for each artifact / exhibit are very small and some at floor level. There is no attempt to engage the visitor, make them interested in the pottery or swords or clocks; it's more like "we have this, and this, and this, and this.." and "here is all our collection in glass cases, take it or leave it. Shuffle along, look at the next thing in a glass case". Why not SHOW people how Delft porcelain is made, or Meissen, instead of just putting it there? Why not SHOW people some history of the guns/clocks/tiny jewellery instead of just arranging them in racks? There are only three "Doll's Houses", another disappointment. The huge gallery marked Yves St Laurent on the map is a massive swizz. There is one dress, in a glass case, of course, with no signage whatsoever.

Have they not been to the Ashmolean since refurbishment? That is a museum which really draws you in, makes you interested in the contents, makes you learn!

If you are there for about 5 hours, be prepared to have your ticket scanned about 20 times as you go from floor to floor AND from one part of each floor to another.

Good cafe, in the public area. It is above the shop, in the public area. At least you don't have to exit the museum through the shop, which was a good thing.

Thank StripedShirt
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Reviewed December 27, 2015

Shows the history of the Netherlands through different aspects of art. Beautiful building. Go early in the morning to beat the crowds and enjoy the outside park-like area.

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Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

I thought the museum was beautiful. Had so many paintings I'd only seen on tv. Don't take kids or teens unless they have interest in art. My teens were almost sleep walking through the entire museum. Go and see it. If you love Rembrandt there's an entire floor with his art and art he inspired.

Thank 431lanir
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Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Take your time and enjoy the marvelous collection. That is, if there is not a crowd in front of you. It seems like the Rijks is following the Louvre: bring them in by the bus load. One wonders whether they are in financial dire straights. A pity! But you can always skip the top attractions and visit the quieter rooms, full of treasures too.

Thank Calvicci
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Reviewed December 27, 2015

We went to the museum at 3pm and walked straight up to buy our tickets. We were advised the best floor to do was floor 2 with the famous paintings from famous artists. (Van Gough, Rembrandt...)

There was a huge selection of paintings to look at along with some furniture as well. We spent about an hour and a half on this floor and that was going at quite a pace. some of the paintings were mind blowing!

We visited the 3rd floor which was ok but the floor with the dining ware and clothes etc was fabulous. Our only regret was not going into the museum earlier as we still had a lot more to see.

At 5pm prompt they are closing the exhibits but the coffee shop is open until 6pm,

THERE IS A FREE LOCKER TO STORE YOUR COAT AND BELONGINGS IN.

Thank Louise G
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