Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten (1622-1666)
The battle of Terheide
This is one of the pictures I took myself in the museum. You are allowed to take pictures here, but it is not allowed to use a flash or a tripod.
Opening times of the Rijksmuseum:
Daily 10.00 - 17.00 Closed on 1 January
Ticket prices :
Adults (from 19): euro 8,-
How to get here :
- From Central Station: tram 2, 5 or circletram 20 (to Hobbemastraat)
- From Zuid/WTC Station: tram 5 (to Hobbemastraat)
- From Sloterdijk Station: tram 12 (to Concertgebouw)
- From Amstel Station: Metro to Weesperplein, from there tram 6, 7 or 10 (to Spiegelgracht)
- From regional bus terminal on Marnixstraat: bus 26, 65, 66 or 170 (or a 10-minute walk).
so much for the eye to see in amsterdam, there is literally something amazing everywhere you look. a statue misplaced in a park, amazing designs on rooftops. look around you'll see a lot.
Fondest memory: i saw something new everyday i walked past the rijksmuseum which was nearly everyday. this musuem's architecture is so amazing and breathtaking!
There are many good museums in Amsterdam. The major ones are around Museumplein. The more popular and recommended museums, but not limited to, are Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk museum.
my favorite thing about amsterdam is the fact that i truly felt free while there,this had nothing to do with the fact that i was on vacation. this city had a calming effect on me and my fiance, at no point during our trip did i think about al queda attacks, or any negativity for that matter. it was like the world was on hold for 11 days, and we were just enjoying what life had to offer.
Fondest memory: im personally going to miss all but the red light district, that's the only part of amsterdam that makes me feel uncomfortable. we weren't approached by to many drug dealers or beggers, in fact we only were approached in the red light by these types. even then a firm NO usually did the trick.i was especially drawn to the rijks museum, it has more culture and history than all of las vegas combined. that place was a magnet for me, anytime we were near i was taking a new picture of it. the museum it's self was breathetaking, we spent a couple of hours there oohing and ahhhing.
I loved my visits to the Rijksmuseum and I would love to tell you a bit more about it, and give an impression of the collection. The information, and pictures of the paintings are from the website of the museum : http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/
The Rijksmuseum :
'With close on one million objects and 1.2 million visitors a year, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. It is perhaps best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch masters, with twenty Rembrandts and many other highlights of the period, including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. But the museum also houses art from the Middle Ages and from the 18th and 19th centuries. Another area of interest is the museum's collection of sculpture and applied art: furniture, glass, silver, delftware, busts, dolls' houses, tapestries, fashion and other decorative objects made in the Netherlands and Europe between the medieval period and the early 20th century. The Print Room (Prentenkabinet) regularly presents selections from the museum's vast, internationally famous collection of prints, drawings and photos. The Asiatic Art rooms contain objects from countries such as Indonesia, China, Japan and India. On Dutch history, the museum provides a survey of developments in the Low Countries from the 15th century to the Second World War, featuring items of historical interest, portraits, ship models as well as associated objects and works of art.
As you can see, there is a lot to see in this museum. So take enough time to enjoy it. I loved the 17th century Dutch masters, so that is the part of them museum I want to show you a bit more of.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669)
This is the most famous painting in the Rijksmuseum, The Nightwatch. But it actually has another title: the 'Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch'. The picture is a militia painting: a group portrait of a division of the civic guard. Rembrandt depicted the group of militiamen in an original way. He did not paint them in neat row or sitting at their annual banquet, rather, he recorded a moment: a group of militiamen have just moved into action and are about to march off.
Here is a link to the website of the Rijksmuseum which shows you the painting in a much larger size. It's wonderful to view the painting like that, and see all the details. It is big, so it will probably take some time to load :
Jan Havicksz. Steen (1626-1679)
This is a self-portrait from 1670, and it is Jan Steen's only serious self-portrait. He regularly depicted himself in his own paintings, usually in company, in a comical role, as a drunkard, a victim of deception or - as in the 'Merry family' - playing the bagpipes.
You can view the painting more closely on :
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)
The Little Street
In a cobblestone street are two houses with a gate opening onto the passageway between them. A woman sits in an open doorway, busy sewing; two children are playing on the stoop. Soapy water is washing down a small runnel between the paving stones - probably the woman in the passageway has just scrubbed her part of the stoop. Vermeer has recorded this everyday scene with apparent casualness. Although world-famous, not much is known about Vermeer's Little Street. In fact the original location has never been identified, and indeed may never have existed. But more significant is the atmosphere of the picture. The women are diligently employed while the children are absorbed at play. The scene emanates tranquillity and security.
For me the four most important museums in Amsterdam are the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Amsterdam Museum and the Maritime Museum.
You will find my reviews for the Rijksmuseum under: "Rijksmuseum-Practical Info" and The Gouden Eeuw or "Night Watch" and more reviews inspired by the different genre of paintings. If the largest part of the collections is composed of Dutch paintings there are also Dutch historical objects and works of decorative arts on display.
Not visiting the Rijksmuseum would be like going to Paris and not visiting Le Louvre.
The Van Gogh Museum shows a large number of his paintings as well as some other impressionists. I reviewed this museum "From a Novice to a Master".
The Amsterdam Museum shows the history of Amsterdam through many historical objects and works of art. I wrote several reviews "Amsterdam Historisch Museum - Generalities"and others.
The Maritime Museum - Scheepvaartmuseum was somewhat disappointing for me
Disappointing but is appreciated by children "Bad VOC replica but fun for children"
Ahhh, this was the day of my arrival....
Just imagine, from Moscow, where it was -24C (!) in the early morning, in 3 something hours got to Amsterdam, where it was +10C.... no comments :)))
Evening... 1st strall around the neighbourhood... just refreshing my memory and testing my new digi cam... No rain, lucky I am....
This is a corner of Rijksmuseum with a nice lighted X-mas tree....
visit the Rijksmuseum.
A large museum dedicated to painting and Netherland history.
Open : 10AM - 5PM.
Price : 15G.
The East entry is for the 15° Century : the most famous period of the Ducht painting.
If there is a queue, try the entry 19 Hobbermastraat. It is less known and consequently less crowded...
Fondest memory: The main part of the Vermeer's paintings are here.
There is also the 'Nachtwatch', the most famous painting (and the largest) of Rembrandt. A part of the work had been cut during the 18° Century to place the frame between two columns of the city hall. You can see a reduced copy at the left of the painting showing the original image.
See 2 paintings on display at the Museum, on the Travelogue.
Jan Havicksz. Steen (1626-1679)
painting : 'Prince's Day'
'in one hand a rapier (sword) in the other hand the glass.' This rhyme, with a little effort and a magnifying glass, can be read on the piece of paper on the floor against the table leg. The inscription and the work's title 'Prince's Day' explains the occasion behind this painting: the tenth birthday of Prince William III of the house of Orange-Nassau, on 14 November 1660. This feast was not celebrated by everybody because, at the time, the Republic was divided between those for and against the prince. Jan Steen painted this tavern scene on a relatively small format in around 1665, five years after the event.
A closer look of the painting :
Favorite thing: pay a visit to the palatial Rijksmuseum located at Museumplein. Please note that most of the museums are closed on Mondays, including the Rijksmuseum. Here, you can see a vast number of priceless art collection including Rembrandt's famous masterpiece - 'Night Watch' which an acid thrower tried to destroy in 1990.
-“the night watch”
-“the jewish pride”
- "various drinkers"
At Van Gogh Musuem
-“sun-flowers & wheat fields"
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, set in its historic home designed by P.J.H. Cuypers, houses the largest collection of art and history in the Netherlands. The museum has an internationally renowned collection based around the paintings of the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic, the Golden Age, including twenty works by Rembrandt, four by Vermeer and numerous other paintings by artists such as Frans Hals and Jan Steen. Displayed at the very heart of the museum is Rembrandt’s Night Watch. But the museum houses more than just paintings: there are superb collections of silver, delftware, doll’s houses, prints, drawings, the mysterious Asiatic art and a recent completely renovated presentation on Dutch history. Works of art on paper, prints and drawings and since 1996 the photographic collection, are shown four times a year in different exhibitions.
Fondest memory: Prices:
Adults (from 19): € 9
Entrance free: museum pass holders (Rijksmuseum Year Card, National Museum Year Card/MJK, ICOM, ICOMUS), members of Vereniging Rembrandt, members KOG, members Vrienden van de Aziatische Kunst, UNESCO.
Reduction 50 %: Rabo/MJK, NS/MJK.
Stadspas holders pay € 7,20
For some exhibitions there is an additional surcharge.