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Discover the Amazing Arts of The Rijksmuseum
The most interesting part about Rijksmuseum is of course its paintings. After all, it is the main appeal for every tourist from all over the world. The first entry on this list, The Threatened Swan, is one of those gorgeous pieces of art that were displayed at the museum. The Threatened Swan painted by Jan Asselijn is the first piece of paintings purchased by Nationale Kunztgalerij, the Rijksmuseum predecessor. The scene portrayed in the painting has been associated with Johan De Witt's fight against the enemies of the state. Due to the portrayal, swan became a symbol for Dutch national resistance ever since.
This beautiful painting portrays Sir Thomas Gresham, a famous English merchant who founded the Royal Exchange in London, together with his wife. The excellent piece of art was done with such amazing detail and realism it can be easily mistaken as a photograph. The artist himself, Anthonius Mors, was known as one of the most prolific portrait painters in Europe during his time.
Painted by the famous Rembrandt himself in 1642, The Night Watch is acknowledged by many as his best-known masterpiece. It depicts a number of town guards, or also known as watchmen, assembling themselves into some sort of formation. From the vivid colors and detailed artwork, one can see that the effort put into this brilliant piece of art is truly amazing, which showcase the sheer amount of talent and creativity of Rembrandt. The painting itself is pretty large as it serves as a great centerpiece of the entire Rijksmuseum. It is perhaps the most popular item in the whole Rijksmuseum.
Johannes Vermeer is a Dutch maestro that is famed for his realism artwork, specializing in portraying the interior scenes of the middle-class life. Generations of art historians and enthusiasts have admired his beautiful tones and mastery of light usage in his paintings. The Milkmaid is arguably his most recognizable artwork as it is the only painting of his that shows a domestic servant's life. Vermeer painted this photographic realism painting circa 1654-58.
Another amazing piece of art is this Battle of Waterloo, painted by Jan Willem Pieneman in 1824. It skillfully depicts the turning point in the battle that thwarted Napoleon's effort into conquering Europe. The hero of the battle, William II, can be seen in the foreground. He was lying in a stretcher, wounded from the ongoing battle.
Other than paintings, there are also three antique dolls' houses from the 17th century being displayed by the Rijksmuseum. One of the dolls houses is the source of inspiration for the 2014 novel The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton. These fancy looking houses were crafted with such intricate details; all the decorations were created using real materials and built exactly to scale.
This unusual composition of a wedding portrait was crafter by master painter Frans Hals circa 1622. It is unusual since most wedding portraits in the 17th century are made in such a brazenly stiff and unwavering pose, while this portrait puts the couple in a smiling and comfortable pose – a normal thing for today's era, but such a scandalous act for that time.
How to Get Tickets?
You can buy tickets straight at the admission booth or via online portal. A standard adult fare is 17.50 euros per person. As an alternative, you can buy the Rijksmuseum Canal Cruise for 33.50 euros at the Blue Boat Company. The canal cruise ticket covers the entrance fee to the museum, along with a floating art history audio tour along the canals of Rijksmuseum. If you have the pockets to spare, it is much better than the standard entrance fee, as it will provide you with plenty of beautiful sceneries and unforgettable experience of cruising the canals on a boat.
How To Get Around?
Getting around in Amsterdam is quite easy as there are plenty of cheap and integrated trams, metros, and buses. The Rijksmuseum is located in the Central area, where almost everything can be reached on foot. Alternatively, you can try to rent some bike to get around like the locals, or chartering a boat and water taxi service.
Best Time to Visit
As one of the most famous landmark in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum is always busy all year long. The busiest months of the year is between April - August, where the estimated waiting time at the ticket booth is approximately 30 minutes. If you want to visit the museum without being crowded, you can visit it early before 10 AM or late in the afternoon after 3 PM.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, although if you buy the canal cruise ticket it will be included for free during the boat audio tour.
How To Get There?
Both tram no 2 and 5 pass the Rijksmuseum stop. You can board both of them at Central Station, or you can board tram no 5 at the Zuid Station. Alternatively, you can take the Amsterdam City Sightseeing bus and get off at stop 9 to reach the Rijksmuseum.
The museum does not allow taking picture using flash and lights or similar mechanism. You are also not allowed to take pictures using tripods, selfie-sticks, and other mechanism without prior authorization from the museum's officials. The museum is accessible to visitors with disability and is wheelchair-friendly. Walking sticks, crutches, and other mobility aid are permitted as long as they don't have a pointy end. Guide dogs for the visually impaired are also permitted.