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General information Rijksmuseum
Address: Museumstraat 1 Amsterdam More information: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl Prices (2017): adult € 17,50 Children and Youth (18 years or younger): free   Opening hours: daily   9am - 5pm  
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam November 27, 2016 On a lazy Sunday afternoon, we decided to visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. This museum needs little introduction for you followers. This is the museum where you will find the Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn. For those who are not familiar with the Rijksmuseum a brief introduction.
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The building itself was designed and built (1885) by the architect P.J.H. Cuypers, who was also responsible for the design of the Central station in Amsterdam. The collection of the museum gives you an overview of the Dutch history and art from the 15th century up to and including the 19th century. The emphasis is on the 17th century and the Dutch painters Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. The last time I visited the museum was in 1991. Due to the many renovations and adjustments in previous decades and the increasing number of visitors, the museum needed a substantial renovation. This renovation took place between 2003 and 2013.
App Rijksmuseum Before visiting the Rijksmuseum, we downloaded the Rijksmuseum app at our smartphone, this is a wonderful app on which you can make a choice from a variety of  guided tours in different languages and including more background information about the building, the paintings, the sculptures and other art you will encounter during the tour. So we advise you to download this app before entering the Rijksmuseum.
We choose the tour with the Highlights of the Rijksmuseum, which will take 90 minutes. The tour starts in the Great Hall, which is also beautifully renovated. Then we enter the Gallery of Honour with all the great Dutch historic paintings of the 17th century with as icing on the cake the Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn.
Great Hall
Gallery of Honour Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Gallery of Honour
The Threatened Swan, Jan Asselijn Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn
Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642
Walking through the Naval Gallery, where we learn more about the VOC* - and our colonial past. *The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) was active during the 16th and 17th century and famous for its worldwide maritime trade activities. The VOC was responsible for the wealth the Dutch obtained during the Golden Age. This wealth has been the catalyst for the purchasing and making of many works of art that can be admired in this museum.
After a stop in the library we walk through different rooms with more sculptures and paintings, than we see the Dolls house Oortman, this is an exact replica of a canal house. This Dolls house learns us much about how the household must have looked like at that time. After some more rooms filled with the most beautiful pieces of art, we come at the end of our tour. Our heads are filled with impressions and we decide to visit Het Café for a nice cup of coffee and a pastry of course.
At the ticket desk our eyes fell on a leaflet, that said that there was a special exhibition about Kimonos from the Okura collection. Since our trip to Japan, where we learned more about the Japanese culture, we were curious about this collection. We asked the museum guide, where we could find this special exhibition. She pointed us to the Asian Pavilion. We were pleasantly surprised about all the oriental pieces of art and sculptures we found in the Asian Pavilion, besides the Kimono collection. At the end of the afternoon, we had to conclude that we needed at least one other visit to see the complete collection of the Rijksmuseum. This museum is an absolutely must see on your list when coming to Amsterdam.
Asian Pavilion
Kimonos from the Okura collection
The Threatened Swan, Jan Asselijn, c. 1650
Asian Pavilion Rijksmuseum Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
  CityWalkSights.com     City walks along main sights, maps and an informative travel blog
General information Rijksmuseum
Address: Museumstraat 1 Amsterdam More information: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl Prices (2017): adult € 17,50 Children and Youth (18 years or younger): free   Opening hours: daily   9am - 5pm  
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam  November 27, 2016 On a lazy Sunday afternoon, we decided to visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. This museum needs little introduction for you followers. This is the museum where you will find the Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn. For those who are not familiar with the Rijksmuseum a brief introduction. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The building itself was designed and built (1885) by the architect P.J.H. Cuypers, who was also responsible for the design of the Central station in Amsterdam. The collection of the museum gives you an overview of the Dutch history and art from the 15th century up to and including the 19th  century. The emphasis is on the 17th century and the Dutch painters Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. The last time I visited the museum was in 1991. Due to the many renovations and adjustments in previous decades and the increasing number of visitors, the museum needed a substantial renovation. This renovation took place between 2003 and 2013.
App Rijksmuseum Before visiting the Rijksmuseum, we downloaded the Rijksmuseum app at our smartphone, this is a wonderful app on which you can make a choice from a variety of  guided tours in different languages and including more background information about the building, the paintings, the sculptures and other art you will encounter during the tour. So we advise you to download this app before entering the Rijksmuseum.
We choose the tour with the Highlights of the Rijksmuseum, which will take 90 minutes. The tour starts in the Great Hall, which is also beautifully renovated. Then we enter the Gallery of Honour with all the great Dutch historic paintings of the 17th century with as icing on the cake the Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn.
Gallery of Honour Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn
Great Hall
Gallery of Honour
Night Watch of Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642
Walking through the Naval Gallery, where we learn more about the VOC* - and our colonial past. *The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) was active during the 16th and 17th century and famous for its worldwide maritime trade activities. The VOC was responsible for the wealth the Dutch obtained during the Golden Age. This wealth has been the catalyst for the purchasing and making of many works of art that can be admired in this museum.
After a stop in the library we walk through different rooms with more sculptures and paintings, than we see the Dolls house Oortman, this is an exact replica of a canal house. This Dolls house learns us much about how the household must have looked like at that time. After some more rooms filled with the most beautiful pieces of art, we come at the end of our tour. Our heads are filled with impressions and we decide to visit Het Café for a nice cup of coffee and a pastry of course.
Asian Pavilion
Kimonos from the Okura collection
At the ticket desk our eyes fell on a leaflet, that said that there was a special exhibition about Kimonos from the Okura collection. Since our trip to Japan, where we learned more about the Japanese culture, we were curious about this collection. We asked the museum guide, where we could find this special exhibition. She pointed us to the Asian Pavilion. We were pleasantly surprised about all the oriental pieces of art and sculptures we found in the Asian Pavilion, besides the Kimono collection. At the end of the afternoon, we had to conclude that we needed at least one other visit to see the complete collection of the Rijksmuseum. This museum is an absolutely must see on your list when coming to Amsterdam.
Asian Pavilion Rijksmuseum
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