The Love Letter
This is another example of Johannes Vemeer’s fine work. The painting known as The Love Letter portrays a well-to-do woman, clothed in yellow, being handed a letter by her maid as she prepares to play her lute.
Built in 1876 according to the designs of architect P.J.H Cuypers, the Rijksmuseum is the largest and one of the most beautiful museums of the Netherlands. During extensive renovations until 2013, parts of the museum will be closed to the public. In the Philips wing an exhibition entitled “The Masterpieces” will display the very best of the museums collection. This presentation provides an excepcional opportunity to see all the highlights of the Goleen Age: the beautiful dolls houses, a wealth of silverware, delftware, spectacular civil company pieces, icons of dutch history and over 400 masterpieces by artist Duch as Jan Oteen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Construido en 1876 según los diseños del arquitecto PJH Cuypers, el Rijksmuseum es el más grande y uno de los más bellos museos de los Países Bajos. Durante extensas renovaciones hasta 2013, las partes del museo permanece cerrado al público. En el ala Philips una exposición titulada "Las Obras Maestras" se mostrará lo mejor de la colección de los museos. Esta presentación ofrece una oportunidad excepcional para ver todos los aspectos más destacados del Siglo de Oro: las casas de muñecas hermosas, una gran cantidad de plata, Delft, espectaculares piezas sociedad civil, los iconos de la historia holandesa y más de 400 obras maestras de artistas como Jan Oteen Duch, Frans Hals , Vermeer y Rembrandt.
I discovered this portrait from Johannes Cornelsz. Verspronck "Portrait of a Girl dressed in Blue" (1641) at my first visit at the Rijksmuseum at the beginning of the nineties.
I got very much impressed by her gentle somewhat melancholic smile.
This girl about ten years old must be of a wealthy family according to her dress and jewels. It should be noted that in that time children were considered as mini adults and girls dressed like adult women.
J. Verspronck, as always in his portraits, painted with a perfect depiction of the tissues and the details. Look at the very fine blond hair of the girl, the dark blue eyes and the red cheeks.
I always found that this portrait expressed much tenderness and emotion.
I don't know who she is. This wonderful portrait hangs in room 7.
When I saw that the museum curator had chosen a large reproduction of my favoured portrait of a "Girl dressed in Blue" to hang on the façade of the Rijksmuseum building I felt very pleased.
Adults: € 12,50.
18 and under: free. With Museum card : free
Tickets can be bought online.
Open every day from 9:00 to 18:00 h.
It is not permitted to take photographs or make video recordings or films.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION: GABRIEL METSU.
From 16 December 2010 to 21 March 2011 thirty five of the best paintings of this Dutch master from the Golden Age are on show at the Rijksmuseum.
Along with Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard ter Borch and Pieter de Hooch, Metsu was one of the leading genre painters of the 17th century. If you like Vermeer don't miss Metsu especially his "Sick Child".
I always loved the Dutch Masters, especially Rembrandt. As an artist I enjoyed this museum a lot, it was not overwhelming like MET or Prado... 1,5 hour was enough to visit whole collection and the temp one. We have to wait about half an hour on the line. The security is like an airport. My friend had a swiss army knife. They didn't allowed her to get inside with it, she had to pick it up after the visit.
Free with i amsterdam card (If you have to pay 12,50€)
Due to remodeling both The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are only partially open. They both have very nice shows, but check before you go. I heard the Rijksmuseum will close down for a few months while they restore the exhibits after remodeling is done. I don't know what's happening with the Van Gogh Museum. That original building which is a beautiful work of architecture in itself is totally stripped inside and is just sitting there with an ugly fence around it. It appears no work is being don on it at this time.
The modern art museum is being remodeled also and has temporarily moved to a different location
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam or Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum in Amsterdam, located on the Museumplein. The museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art.
The Rijksmuseum Research Library is part of the Rijksmuseum, and is the largest public art history research library in The Netherlands.
The paintings collection includes works by artists Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Rembrandt and Rembrandt's pupils.
There is an open area of gardens on the outside of the museum that is free to walk in and enjoy----there are some amazing gargoyle spouts in this area---shown is one alluring female
gargoyle not usually seen....
Make sure and check out (in the future when the main museum reopens) the special exhibits that they might have---there was a special exhibit of vintage dollhouses when I went a few years ago, that was amazing in it's miniature glory!
During my visit the museum was undergoing vast remodeling, so there was hideous scaffolding on the outside and several of the interior wings were closed off. When this is not the case, the building itself -- which has stood since before 1800 -- is a palatial treasure that is very hard to gather into one photograph frame. Surrounding the Rijksmuseum to the north along the canal are some of the posher buildings in Amsterdam, which all pale in comparison to the museum. Inside the building is probably the largest collection of Dutch treasures under one roof in the entire world. Paintings that are familiar to the eye but perhaps not in name are wonderfully displayed here, and most are well-lit by soft lighting in order to see the minutest details. Rembrandt's "Night Watch" is here, along with his "Syndics of the Cloth Guild" and several self-portraits, both of which are probably familiar to the viewer, along with Vermeer and other Dutch masters. At the time of my visit, admission was 12.5 euros.
I had four hours to wait at the airport after seeing my husband off to Khartoum. After wandering around, getting some gifts for the grandchildren , buying a couple of books and having something to eat, I decided to see what emails had accumulated while I'd been away from home. I paid 9 euros for a I hr session. Unfortunately I seem to have been hacked/phished as a result of using the computer there.
Then, following the advice from some Vters, I decided to take a look at the Airport's "Rijksmuseum". It was nice to renew my acquaintance with Vermeer and other painters on display there. By the time I'd wandered around looking at the displays, and looking at the souvenirs, it was time to head for the gate for my flight to Heathrow. I think it is a reasonable place to spend time unlike some other airports, where there is little to do but Duty free shopping or sit waiting..
This is a beautiful old building although it has been in a constant state of restoration and they are running behind schedule for the proposed re-opening time aimed for end of 2009.
Whilst the Restoration work is being done the Philips wing houses the mastrepieces of Rembrant and Johannes Vermeer among others. There is a collection of Early Netherlandish paintings. Unfortunately there is only about 400 out of the 1,000 piece collection on display at the moment.
Adults Eur11 & Eur5 audio guide
Open everyday 9am - 6pm & late to 8.30pm fridays
From central station tram 2 or 5 to Hobbemastraat
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.
Definitely a world class museum, the Rijksmuseum houses an amazing number of works. Unfortunately the museum was being renovated when we were there so much of the museum was not open to the public. The museum houses Dutch masterpieces (paintings) from the Golden Age and the star is Rembrandt. There were many paintings from his students as well, but Rembrandt’s paintings were special. They had a certain lighting or coloring to them. Although it’s not one of my favorites, Rembrandt’s (very large) Night Watch is the most famous painting in the museum.
I really liked the still lifes by various artists. They were so perfect they actually looked like photographs. There was an adorable statue of cupid that I liked as well.
The museum has special exhibitions; check the website for further info. Tickets available online. I recommend getting the audio guide. Within walking distance of Van Gogh museum.
Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8:30 p.m. on Fridays).
Adults: € 11
18 and under: free
Visitor information was correct as of this writing.
My sister's birthday- so a call back home was unavoidable! She had just gotten back from a trip to London so we had a nice long conversation exchanging travelnotes
Then i set off to see Vondelpark and Museumplein. Taking a tram from Centraal to Leidseplein, i got off at the bustling square to wander away into some H & M stores, the quintessential retailer in me took over as I went through the entire store analysisng it's Vm and merch assortment! I was glad my husband was not accompanying me as it would have annoyed him to see me working!
After that I walked down to Volden Park from the gate opposite Holland casino. Though the park was qite beautiful it was too full of people who seemed to love the bright sun as they basked on the lake side in front of the film museum. i slowly made my way out after a couple of photos of the green park (Though i preferred the Lalbagh of bangalore to this) and made my way to the Rijks Museum. The place is under renovation so only a wing of the museum is open to the public making me wish I hadn't entered the museum. Some how or the other after visits to Louvre in Paris or Uffigi in Florence I find it very difficult to feel the 'wow!' effect in any other museum. However some of the paintings were truly remarkable! I then walked to the famous museumstraat to the 'I amsterdam' point and then down to the Van Gogh musuem which i now refrained from entering after the Rijks experience.Some of the houses in this area were very picturesque! I plonked my self in the park outside the VG museum and time just flew! Suddenly I realised it was almost dinner time and headed back to the tram stop! It was quite sometime before I got back to the hotel as a couple of buses were so full they couldn't accomodate all of us at the stop!!
Although international airports in San Francisco and Mexico City also feature art museums, but Amsterdam's top art museum, the Rijksmuseum is the first museum in the world having an annexe in an airport terminal and Schiphol is the first airport to have a museum in its terminal focusing on 17th-century masters of the Dutch Golden Age, selected from the collections of its full-size cousin.
This scaled-down exhibition was officially opened in December 2002 by His Royal Highness, Prince Willem-Alexander. All paintings are behind glass and there are thus no guards.
In addition, frequently changing exhibitions of applied arts, such as ceramics and silverwork, from other museums are also on show.
Do not expect queues at the entrance, because the exhibition has cca. 500 - 600 visitors each day, an average visit lasts 15 to 20 minutes.
Update: Exhibition March - June 2007 Peasant life in the Golden Age. Works by Ferdinand Bol, Jan Steen and Barent Avercamp among others.
You will find also Museumshop here, where reproductions of 17th-century art from the Rijksmuseum may be bought together with Delft Blue vases, silk shawls, jewellery, posters, postcards, books etc.
Internet terminals, near the shop, provide information on the Rijksmuseum's collections and the schedule of exhibitions.
Opening hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm every day
Admission free of charge, for departing, arriving and in-transit passengers.
Direction: In the departure lounge after passport control (meaning you do not need to go through customs or come back through immigration to visit) on Holland Boulevard, the corridor connecting the E and F Pier.
Passengers are allowed to carry their hand baggage into the museum.