The outstanding collections exhibited in this museum include applied arts, architecture, coins/medals, craft, glass art, drawing, interior design, painting, pottery, and workshop, among many other subjects.
The museum offers visitors audio-visuals (Dutch, English), brochures (Dutch, German, English, French, Italian, Spanish), guided tours (Dutch, German, English, French, Italian, Spanish), explanatory texts (Dutch, English) and educational services (Dutch, English).
The Rijksmuseum is dedicated to applied arts, clocks, doll's houses, glass art, and many other topics. The collection of paintings includes works by Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt and his pupils.
Since 2003 the museum has undergone a restoration process; however, masterpieces are continuously displayed for the public.
It has the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world, including The Potato Eaters, Bedroom in Arles, and one of the three Sunflowers paintings. In addition, it holds some pieces of sculpture.
Gerrit Rietveld designed the building, which was opened in 1973. In 1999, the Exhibition Wing was built under the direction of the architect Kisho Kurokawa.
The museum has been temporarily relocated from its old Museumplein (Museum Square) venue to the Oosterdokskade 3–5 (which is a former office building) due to the fact that it has been subject to renovation. This building offers the most beautiful panoramic views of the city; during daytime, a restaurant is open, which turns into a nightclub at night.
Visiting the Anne Frank House is an unforgettable and extremely touching experience.
After this fascinating tour you will consider yourself a diamond expert.
The Nieuwe Kerk (Dutch for "New Church") is located on Dam Square, next to the royal palace. It was built in the late 14th C, when the bishop of Utrecht authorized its construction. The Nieuwe Kerk was consecrated to St. Mary and St. Catharine. Historically, the Nieuwe Kerk has played a major role since coronations and important burials take place here. Exhibitions, concerts, and presentation ceremonies are regularly held in this church in Gothic style.
Located on the bank of the Prinsengracht canal, the Westerkerk was built by Hendrick de Keyser in 1638. It is close to Anne Frank's House, where she hid from the Nazis. This church is mentioned frequently in her diary since its clock tower could be seen from the attic of the house. A memorial statue of Anne Frank arises outside the church. Further, the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn lies buried here in an unknown grave.
In addition, the Royal Palace is placed on the west side of Dam Square. Designed by Jacob van Campen in 1648, this building served as the City Hall of Amsterdam. Under the request of King Louis Napoleon in 1808, the city hall was turned into a royal palace. The famous artist Rembrandt painted a major part of the interiors of this marvelous building in Neo-classical style. Further, it holds a large collection of Empire style furniture, chandeliers and clocks. Nowadays, her Majesty the Queen uses the palace mainly for official purposes.
The original building accommodated 140 dwellings — nearly 110 were single rooms and about 25 comprising two. In 1979, it was remodeled, thus enlarging the houses to two or three rooms.
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