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- A wonderful chance to see the brilliance of one of the world’s most renowned artist. It just felt like it missed a certain cherry on top.Written 1 December 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My reservation for the Rijksmuseum was for 10:45AM (free with my iAmsterdam card, but you still need to reserve the time for your visit). I arrived around 10:15AM and was inside the museum at 10:30AM, so don’t believe the tales that the wait is for an hour. The entry process is very organized, quick and there are many museum employees available to help right away.
I started with the excellent exhibit from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The paintings and the installations were located in ten rooms on the ground floor. Paintings by Bosch, Max Beckmann, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali mocking Hollywood with his “Shirley Temple, The Youngest Secret Monster of Cinema of Her Time”, and the highlight: “Tower of Babel” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder… how lucky I was to be just at the right time and see this spectacular show of art! And for Yayoi Kusama‘s fans there is her “Infinity Mirror”, which wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
After starting with a bang, I moved on to the permanent collection and spent a lot of time admiring Rembrandt, and not just his masterpiece, “The Night Watch”, which was surrounded by selfie-takers of course, but I managed to squeeze in for the unobstructed view. One of my favorite Rembrandt’s paintings is his shining “The Jewish Bride (Isaac and Rebecca)”. Stunning! Actually, all his portraits in the Gallery of Honor are stunning. And where else could you find six Vermeers? In the same Gallery of Honor, the one and the only.
Then I explored more of Dutch paintings; especially, by Frans Hals, whom I adore. The scenes of everyday life, crazy dances in the taverns, maritime scenes, beautiful landscapes, colorful still life paintings … Dutch genre art always has a story to tell. If I add magnificent inlaid furniture pieces, amazing display of Delft porcelain, rich collection of Oriental Art, you will understand why I spent more than four hours without a single break at the Rijksmuseum.Written 1 December 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- From extremely hectic Rokin I took a nice walk to the Rembrandt House Museum, which was included in my I Amsterdam card. The museum has the largest collection of etchings created by the artist. His drawings are on different subjects: nature, love, family life (the drawing of his “Prodigal Son “ is there)… The rooms are recreated to produce an image of the house he had owned with his first wife Saskia, and then with Hendrickje Stoffels, whom he never married, and his son, Titus.
There is a replica of his work room, his bedroom and his kitchen, the place where he was mixing paints and preparing canvases… I also looked at etching process demo, which was quite entertaining. You can also see the complete collection of Rembrandt’s etchings on the second floor. All of this was very interesting and brought me closer to one of my favorite painters, but to see his immortal art
you have to go to the Rijksmuseum.Written 30 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The visit of the museum was really intense. Banksy, Hirst, Kusama…contemporary art as long as the eye can see. Awesome collection. Crowdy!Written 27 November 2023
- The show was really great experience to get to know the culture and history of the city. Would recommend visiting this place.Written 22 November 2023
- Special exhibition of the Leiden Collection. Very special to see selected works from this private collection which is graciously loaned from its NY based owners concentrated on Rembrandt and his followers. Good adjust to a visit to Rembrandts house.Written 8 June 2023
- Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is worth visiting for its exceptional and largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands. Its unique architecture, resembling a bathtub, adds an extra touch of why it's worth a visit while you are here.Written 5 June 2023
- Stumbled across this house on our way to rembrandtplein. Decided to go in and enjoyed looking around. Audio is a must.
Can’t beat a good tour. Interesting that a previous curator seems to have got rid of a few things 🤔🤔Written 24 November 2023
- Visited the Canal museum on a rainy day with my 13 year old daughter. Was not as busy as many of the other museums we visited in Amsterdam which was refreshing. It is set in a stunning building with a beautiful garden. We both absolutely loved our visit, especially the interactive displays and innovative journey you are taken on through the history of Amsterdam. Highly recommend.Written 27 October 2023
- I wasn't originally going to go given the reviews on TA, but I really liked the Red Light Secrets museum and figured I might enjoy the museum on the history and perceptions of sex (and adult material). And it turns out I enjoyed it much more than I expected.
If you want to see it as a museum or would prefer a quieter time, I'd recommend visiting first thing in the morning (I went on a Sunday). The structure just wouldn't lend itself well to crowds. There was a rowdy group of younger adults arriving while I was still there - having a laugh or visiting after a couple of drinks is one thing, but they started to block corridors, shoved each other around, screamed etc. which was pretty offputting.
Onto the content - while there is of course explicit imagery, it's not chock-full of hardcore filth. There are some hilariously tacky motion-detected animatronics on the ground floor as you walk in, but there are also sensual paintings including tasteful nudity in the stairwells, some history on fertility rituals and sacrifices, an exhibit on Pride and the LGBTQ+ community, and several tributes to Marilyn Monroe (arguably the most famous sex symbol of our time). There's also some original Tijuana Bibles on exhibit as well which were interesting although I can't imagine them ever being titillating. You'll never look at Popeye the same way again!!
Like much of the adult entertainment industry, most of what's on offer here is focussed on the heterosexual male gaze. The Pride exhibition was just about that - Pride parades, with a small feature on drag queens. Still interesting and deserving of attention, but would have been even more interesting to have a bit of variety in that respect - Ian M's review (written January 2023) is spot on.
A final thing to note is that it's not terribly accessibility-friendly - lots of stairs that lead to specific rooms, so if you want to see everything you'll need to do some climbing. No lifts as far as I could see.
I spent about 40 minutes here in total. It's not far from the Red Light District and Centraal museum - if you enjoyed this you'd probably like Red Light Secrets too.Written 5 September 2023
- I came here on my own and was a little nervous but I love things like this so wanted to do it! The place was super cute and fun! The staff made me feel so much better about being on my own and were super engaging and took photos for me. You also get videos and photos sent to your QR code for free as they have photo stands in a lot of the areas. Would definitely prefer to visit with friends, but glad I went! 💗Written 25 September 2023
- Awesome museum a free ferry ride away from Grand Centraal station. Thought provoking art. Lots of space to breathe and contemplate. Highly recommend.Written 22 September 2023
- Exceeded my exprectations. Very good to see all these famous paintings up close all in one experience. Worth the money!Written 13 August 2023
- Nice museum, nice space. Really enjoyed the primary exhibition, a poignant retrospective of a single photographer's chronicle of the repressive and grossly inequitable travesty of apartheid in the 1960s. Appreciate that a Dutch museum would wrestle with its history in this way.Written 6 May 2023
- A unique experience with the famous paintings projected on the church ceiling and wall while you lie on bean bags to listen to the story behind themWritten 19 July 2023
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