The lifestyle series:
The lifestyle series takes a look at what’s hot and must sees in London and around the world under five main headings – What, Where, Why, When and Anything Else.
What is it?
The Rijksmuseum is the iconic museum of the Netherlands. After ten years of rebuilding, refurbishing and renovating, the Rijksmuseum reopened to the public in April 2013. Both the building and the curation of the collection underwent a total transformation. This revitalisation resulted in surprising furnishings, beautiful exhibitions, dazzling events and numerous facilities for young and old.
Where is it?
The Rijksmuseum can be found at Museumstraat in Amsterdam, just a short distance from the Van Gogh Museum and the Heineken Experience and is open 365 days a year, from 9:00 to 17:00 and costs just €17.50 for adults (kids go free). Even better you can visit the Rijksmuseum garden, Rijks Shop and Café without an admission ticket from 9:00 to 18:00.
The Rijksmuseum’s world-famous collection is being presented in an entirely new way. Visitors go on a journey through the ages and experience a sense of beauty and of time. In 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian.
When should I go there?
Our top tip is to visit in the morning and pick you level, unless you have a whole day to dedicate to the collection.
Based on a 1901 plan by Pierre Cuypers, the Rijksmuseum gardens were designed by the Dutch garden and landscape architecture firm Copijn. The gardens are home to some of the original garden styles, as well as fragments and ornaments from historical buildings and classical statues. A fountain, a water artwork designed by Jeppe Hein, a 19th-century greenhouse with ‘forgotten’ vegetables and a children’s garden with playground equipment by Aldo van Eyck will soon be added to this “outdoor museum”.
Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn Photography: John Lewis Marshall and Erik Smits
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