You must see this collection! It is amazing! It opens at 2:00 pm and closes at 5:00 pm. You need every bit of that time. Dress warm as the air conditioning is kept very low. We were not offered the audio tour, and I think that would have been better.
The priceless pieces of art are amazing. The paintings are from lesser known artists from the 14th century on up but, whereas most collections feature a few extremely famous artists, this collection features numerous lesser known artists. There were about 30 rooms full of paintings. Most pieces were enormous and displayed very well.
You are asked to leave bags and bring only minimal on walking tour. There is no guide but there are attendants in every corner. They are friendly but remind you to stand no closer than 12 inches from the art and no touching. This is why it is better to pay an extra $3.00 on top of the $5.00 entrance fee, to hear the written descriptions. After straining your eyes for hundreds of pieces of art descriptions my eyes hurt.
So my biggest disappointment was that no one offered the auditory tour and we did not know about it until later.
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