Creativity, Netherlands -Amsterdam, Travel

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

We decided to enter the grand building where the Rijksmuseum is situated on a chilly spring morning.  When entering, warm air hit us; we were pleased that we had made the right decision, as we think museums and cold days go together!

It is instead an imposing building when first entering it.  Looking like startled possums in headlights due to the people and activities going on.  We were trying to find out where to purchase our tickets.  When the rush of individuals eventually dispersed, we quickly scanned all over the foyer until we saw where we needed to buy our tickets.  We did find it downstairs and in a far corner; there is a helpdesk in the middle of the vast foyer with smiling women to assist if needed; that is the last resort for us, and much more fun finding things ourselves!.  Be warned in the high season, buying tickets online is advisable unless you don’t mind lining up in the queue.

With 800 years represented in Rijksmuseum, I can’t possibly show you all in one blog post, hence just a few of many that we thought were intriguing.  If you want to check out the more popular, here is a list by the tourist board – I Amsterdam –                  10 Rijks Museum highlights.

One sector the squire enjoyed the most was the area depicting the era when Napolean ruled.  There was a massive painting of the war; it filled the wall from the floor to the ceiling and possibly that much again width-wise.  Plus, there was an old replica of an ancient ship – excellent.

The squire viewing a smaller version of the grand old ships.

Bringing you to the present [2016], with a photomontage – Old Apples, by Ella Reitsma.

Now for the pièce de résistance,

the genuinely magnificent library and the building that housed Rijks Museum.

We loved this art-historical library; absolutely fantastic that people are still using it.  The books shown above span over 4 floors, measuring 1km, more are housed in underground storage, those measure 5 km!!!

There is so much more to view in this award-winning Museum; for more information, explore some of the below websites or even better, go and visit this Museum on your travels.                                                                    

15 thoughts on “Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam”

  1. I would LOVE to go here…I visited Amsterdam once but it was just an overnight stay when I was playing in a band there. I never got to see the sights, as it were!

    I would get lost in this museum for hours and be so happy. Thanks very much for the taster!

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  2. I loved the riks. It was one off my highlights of visiting Amsterdam. We went in may anf yhough a bit cemtowdrd there was still rooms that we’re pretty empty. Beautiful art there for sure. What was your favorite?

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    1. Yes, definitely think it is worth a visit. We have been to a few and would class this as one the best. Bologna museum a close second, though not as comprehensive as Rijksmuseum. Thanks for commenting Em.

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