This is a museum that should certainly be on anyone’s list when planning a trip to Amsterdam. Rijkmuseum (meaning State Museum) exists for more that two hundred years and is dedicated to art, crafts and history. A large number of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age can be found here, together with an impressive collection of Asian art. This is also the place where one can admire Rembrandt’s famous “Night Watch” painting.
The museum is situated in Museumplein (Museum Square) where you can also find the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Diamond Museum — no need to cross over half the city if you’re in the mood for a few museums in a row! Museumplein is an open space used for concerts, festivals or simply for sunbathing in a sunny afternoon.
In March this year, the I amsterdam letters were also there, ready to be part of thousands of photos with people from all over the world; maybe they still are, if the tourists climbing over haven’t brought them down.
There is a lovely little pond on the Museumplein side of the Rijksmusem building, which during winter is transformed in an ice-skating rink while during summer time it forms a great addition to the landscape. Unfortunately there was maintenance work going on when I took the pictures, but that’s just a reason to return for another shooting session 🙂