September 23, 2010

After taking the children to the Rembrandt House a while ago, we thought it would be a good idea to now take them to the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s most famous painting, the Nachtwacht (Night Watch). The Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam’s Arts, Craft and History museum and houses a large and important collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (think Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals).
The fact that the museum is currently being renovated, and has only the ‘best of” on display, makes it a more manageable size for children. There are some lovely publications for sale in the bookshop that will help you make the visit as interesting for your children as for you. And the doll’s house is seriously amazing, I still remember that from my childhood, and I’m pretty sure it made an equally big impression on my kids. Don’t miss it!


Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces and Infocentre (The New Rijksmuseum)
Jan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam
Phone number: +31 (0)20 6747000

Open every day from 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: 1 January
25 December the museum closes at 18.00
Please note: the museum ticket counter closes at 17:30!
Tip: if there’s a long line and you’re visiting with small children, try the member’s fast lane…

Note: Due to the renovation the Rijksmuseum currently has no eatery, but the Cobra Café on the Museumplein will give a 15% discount on the menu if you show your Rijksmuseum ticket. It has a terrace with a little playground right next to it (with a really challenging climbing frame that my kids love!).

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