“Picture; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam”
Amsterdam has numerous museums, some of which are world renowned. Here’s a brief guide to five of the best.
For the past ten years the Rijksmuseum has been largely closed for renovations, with only a small portion of their collection on display, but that has now changed.
The historic main building that was designed by Pierre Cuypers and built between 1876 and 1885, has been restored, creating a wonderful space to display some of the world’s most famous artwork.
The Rijksmuseum is probably best known as the home of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, and there are other works by Dutch Golden Age painters too.
In total the museum has around 1 million objects that reflect arts, crafts, and history and they span the years from 1200 to 2000.
The Rijksmuseum is just outside the historic centre of Amsterdam, on the Museumplein, and is best reached by the city’s tram network.
Find out more on the Rijksmuseum website.
Anne Frank House
As one of the most popular museums in Amsterdam, Anne Frank House is always busy, particularly during the summer when there’s usually a crowd winding its way around the outside of the building, waiting to go in.
Anne Frank House is on a far smaller scale than the likes of the Rijksmuseum but this was, after all, the home of the girl who recorded her family’s wartime struggle in a diary.
Once you enter the museum you walk around, self-guided, seeing rooms and hiding places that the family had to use on a regular basis before they were betrayed and discovered, then sent to a concentration camp.
There are exhibits within the museum as well, telling the life of the Frank family and how Jews in general suffered.
It’s a very moving place and strongly recommended while you’re visiting Amsterdam. The museum is in the heart of historic Amsterdam.
See the Museum Anne Frank website for more information.