One of the Best

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by tvordj on May 21, 2009

The Rijksmuseum is one of the top museums in the world. Currently in 2009, there is a major renovation ongoing so only the top 400 masterpieces are on exhibit. You get a taste of the greats, Hals, Vermeer, Rembrandt including the famed Night Watch and his exquisitely detailed portraits. You also get a view of the art and artifacts from the Dutch golden age in the 17th century and they are a sight to behold. You don't get a reduction though the whole museum isn't open but it's much more digestible this way and you can always go back again when it's reopened to see the rest. It's the kind of museum that you can spend most of the day in when it's fully operational. Currently there is no cafe but there are plenty nearby. There's a small gift shop on site and a larger one shared with the Van Gogh museum in the large square outside.

We went earlish in the morning (in early May), arriving about 10 (it opens at 9). We didn't have a museum card for the fast lane but the queue wasn't too long. They xray your bags when you first go in and then you get your ticket. There is a lift for people with mobility problems.

We were blown away by some of the items on display including the exquisite doll's house but the real stars were the paintings and portraits by Rembrandt. When you compare them next to the portraits by the other masters, even, you can see that his skill knocks the spots off the rest! There was a wonderful display of Delftware and ceramics. The scale model of the ship in the entrance hall was awesome and i really liked the Chinese gun rack as well. Even in it's abbreviated format, it's well worth seeing.

Open from 9 to 6 every day, late opening to 10 on Fridays. You cannot take photos in the museum.
Stadhouderskade 42
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00

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