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Monday, 01 March 2021

Exploring Amsterdam and its ‘Big Three’ Museums - Page 3

Written by Russ and Emily Firlik
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3) The Rikjismusuem, ‘The Museum of the Netherlands,’ and an UNSECO Heritage Site since 1970. The museum told a 800 year old story of Dutch history from the 1200's to present. The Dutch neo-Renaissance architectural style, makes an impressive edifice. With over 2.3 million visitors per year, and housing 1.1 million objects, its Holland’s most cherished national treasure.


Approaching the Rijksmuseum, we noticed how open, airy and beautiful the structure was. A worthy reflection for hosting the ‘Masters,’ including Han, Steen, Vermeer and Rembrandt, just to name a few, who had given the world so many samples of ‘How to paint the light.’

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Just to be clear, Holland is a region of two provinces of Nordic - and - Zuid, of which Amsterdam is included. There are 12 provinces in the Netherlands. With over 1.5 kilometers of space, the museum even hosts the largest research library in the Netherlands. My main interest was the 2,000 paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (1575-1655). To try and satisfy my learning quest, it took nine visits to even scratch the surface of understanding of this masterpiece. Particularly impressive and interesting were the paintings by Johannes Vermeer’s (The Milkmaid,) Frans Hals’s (Portrait of a Women,) and Rembrandt’s, (The Night Watch). Never satisfied, we must return to Amsterdam in the near future.

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In closing, a couple of observations about Amsterdam from a strictly foreigner’s point of view:


1. When we were there the Euro was at a two- year high of 1.30 dollars to one Euro, making everything even more expensive. A tram ride for two for one hour cost 11 Euro, one way. Coffee runs about $8-10.00 for two. Museum entry fees would have cost us $44.00 without our City Card, which saved us an enormous amount. Our small apartment was perfect because of the low rent cost, including utilities, and its location close to the museums and trams. Our supermarket excursions helped us to save money by purchasing fresh bread, ham, salmon, Edam cheese, yogurt, water, wine and fruit. We ate most of our meals at the apartment, and on those few days when it did not rain, in the park or along the canals.

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