Amsterdam and its museums, The Netherlands

I stopped by Amsterdam briefly during the very same trip to France and Germany, and to my delight, I saw a huge variety of Dutch cheese all around!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

But of course, typical of my travels, I decide to spend a fair bit of time at the Museum quarter of Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum (State Museum), which had been recently renovated, showed an impressive collection of the nation’s famous works. It houses the popular Dutch Delftware, artefacts, paintings, fashion evolution and more.Β OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
But the museum’s collections wasn’t the only impressive thing – its outdoors were equally beautiful. The gardens had various sculptures that told a story of its own. I liked the cold natural air and preferred to take my breaks outside.Β OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Within the vicinity was also the Van Gogh Museum, where one could admire the Dutch Master’s artworks as well as that of his contemporaries! I took a brief visit there; but again, in part due to time constraint and in part out of disinterest, I had to skip the nearby Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.

Amsterdam’s Museumplein, with its major museums housed there, is definitely a must-visit for the art lovers! Just a note – there is also a Hermitage in Amsterdam; in my opinion, not comparable to the actual one in Russia, but out of ease of traveling and if you really wish to look at the Russian and French arts, drop by the one in Amsterdam! And for the history folks, keep a look out on my next post about the maritime museum!

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11 thoughts on “Amsterdam and its museums, The Netherlands

  1. Wow, look at all those cheeses! I always imagine cheese in Europe tasting so much better than the stuff I can get here in So Cal, even at the really upscale markets. I would love to go to the Van Gogh museum someday, I just love his works.

  2. Okay, this might sound totally random, but I have to ask. Many years ago when I was in college and traveling, in Amsterdam a group of us had dinner in a very old, strange but interesting place called ‘The Inn Of The Five Flies.’ Does it still exist? The entrance was down some stone steps, and the main thing I remember was stew that looked questionable but was outstanding.

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