Hold on for a second. I know that the city is world-famous for weed, clubs and nightlife but… have you ever considered visiting Amsterdam museums? Today I am going to show you around, in order you to get an idea of what you will find in Amsterdam museums’ districts. First of all, the location itself is thoroughly original: a vast, airy esplanade, Museumplein surrounding the most important city museums. Try to get there in the early morning hours, when you will find just a few pedestrians: go directly towards the renowned inscription “IAmsterdam” and take a picture without the usual, noisy crowd!
Then, take a look at the widest complex of the museums, the Rijksmuseum, a pivotal step to get acquainted with the Netherlands’ art and culture, created by the genius of Pierre Cuypers in 1800s. Like every national collection of masterpieces, the museum is huge and may seem a bit dispersive, so bear in mind the following must-visit paintings: the Portrait of a Young Couple by Frans Hals, the Night Watch by Rembrandt, the Milkmaid by Vermeer… you can easily take pictures of all these masterpieces.
These works embody the very spirit of Dutch golden age art, through the use of chiaroscuro, the vivid depiction of clothes’fashion, the iconography of Protestant values. I personally suggest you to book the visit to avoid the queue, since you may wait long before getting inside the museum. And… even if you are not a child anymore, do not miss the dolls’house room! Real, exceptionally realistic dolls housesc dating back to the 17th century, costing as much as a real house!
Two other museums are located in Museumplein: let’s take a look at the Stedelijk Museum first. The original and much debated museum shape, similar to a ship (or to a bathtub, according to some critics), will immediately strike you. The collection is organized on a rotating base and holds a permanent collection, together with a temporary collection. Examples of Bauhaus, Pop Art, Late 19th century artistic movements can be easily found at Stedelijk… do not miss A personal tip? Spend some minutes in front of Sol Lewitt “Wall Drawing 1084”, and of Paulina Olowska neons, and let their colors invade your soul!
Directly in front of Stedelijk Museum, you will find the well- renowned Van Gogh Museum, direct expression of Vincent Van Gogh unique art. The artist’s life is well depicted not only through masterpieces such as “The Potato Eaters”, “Sunflowers”, “The Bedroom”, but also through his drawings and private letters.
Among all the visits of Museumplein, the one to Van Gogh Museum deeply impressed me, since I felt like really getting a glimpse of the artists’ troubled genius, by reading the clear descriptions on the museum’s walls.
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