on July 25, 2006
RijksmuseumDaily 9:00-6:00 pm (10:00 pm Friday)Admission: 10,00 euros (18 and under free; no student discount)The Rijksmuseum is what I remember best about my first visit to Amsterdam 7 years ago. It was the first art museum I had ever been to, so it holds a special place in my heart. And, upon my return trip last week, I found it to be well worth my high opinion.Captions are in Dutch and English, and they are, for the most part, quite thorough--you manage to get quite a history lesson as well as an art fix.The Rijksmuseum proudly displays Holland's own--works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Steen. You won't want to miss the "Nightwatch", which may be Rembrandt's most famous work. Even though the museum is currently under construction and many of the works aren't on display, the "Nightwatch" has its own room, complete with a strange little light show that's rather enjoyable.In addition to painting, you'll also find a collection of Delft pottery and a giant ship, among other stuff.Make the Rijksmuseum your first stop on your Amsterdam museum list.
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