I finally pried open the rusted shut latch of my wallet and coughed up the 14€ to go to the Rijksmuseum. After this go-through on Amsterdam, I'm so grateful for the plethora of museums in New York that go by the "suggested admission" policy - a lot of places don't do this (I noticied it in San Francisco as well), and in Amsterdam, museums and attractions tend to be in the 10€ and up range, usually around 15€ and higher.
Apparently the Rijksmuseum has been under renovation for a number of years (as are a lot of museums in Amsterdam, it seems), and when we went it was the limited collection of the best 400 pieces or so. On the one hand, it makes it a bit easier because it's the finest pieces in the museum, and it streamlines things, but for 14€ , I'd like to see a heck of a lot more (or, alternatively, pay less for the limited viewing). Also, according to guidebooks from about 6 years ago, even when the Rijksmuseum was under renovation then, the admission fee was 10€ , so they've actually RAISED the ticket prices by 40%, while showing less. I think that's kind of disappointing. Yes I know, it's an art institution, yes I know I gave them 14€ anyhow (captive audience and all that), but that doesn't make it right.
I will say this though, the collection is, for the most part, very nice. Let's face it - I went there to see me some Rembrandt and Hals, and got a bonus dose of Van Ruisdale (my favorite landscape artist). The first part of the museum with the pottery and silver wasn't interesting to me, and neither was the dollhouse on display from some rich Dutch chick from a few hundred years ago (dollhouses never really impress me), but the paintings were wonderful. Here's some famous ones you may recognize from the AP Art History slides of yore.
|The Jewish Bride aka Sir David Copafeel|
|The Servant Girl - please list date, artist, country, medium, and style. Extra credit: What is the significance of the footstove in the background? Complete sentences only.|
|The Night Watch - What is the style of lighting Rembrandt pioneered, and what effect does it convey? Please use complete sentences|
|Two insanely cute little dogs face off in Museumplein|
|Museumplein. Note the massive number of bicyclists|