Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

December 2015.  Visiting one of the worlds greatest museums on Christmas Day, the Rijksmuseum was surprisingly busy with large crowds willing to pay E17.50 – children go free – although a discount is available if you have bought an Amsterdam tourist card (recommended).  As with all the major museums there is far more on display than can be easily absorbed in one visit.

A visit to the museum website before an actual visit is well worthwhile, try the Rijksstudio which works rather like Pintrest.

The permanent collection has the medieval work, most religious of course on the top floor and one may work down through the centuries, pausing for some time at the old masters such as Rembrant’s “Night Watch”,  “The Milkmaid”, by Vermeer, and many, many more.

I was particularly taken with the current Dutch History exposition which had wonderful paintings and superb large (several metres long) model ships, as well as other objects and texts.  The show covers the period from 1506 to the present.

The return to Amsterdam of the second expedition to the East Indies, 19 July 1599. Hendrik Cornelisz. Vroom, 1599
The return to Amsterdam of the second expedition to the East Indies, 19 July 1599. Hendrik Cornelisz. Vroom, 1599

“More than 8,000 objects in eighty galleries offer visitors an overview of late medieval times to the present day. Paintings, sculptures, applied art and objects from the past all come together to tell the story of more than six centuries of art and history.”