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Amsterdam Museum Square: home to culture

Many classical concerts take place at the Concertgebouw
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If you are into arts and culture, the Amsterdam museum square is the place to go. The most striking building on Museum Square is the Rijksmuseum. The eye catching museum has 200 halls and almost a million items in its collection. A large part of that collection consists of seventeenth century paintings, the most famous ones being the “Night Watch” by Rembrandt van Rijn and “The Milk Maid” by Johannes Vermeer. The main building of the Rijksmuseum is being renovated until 2013. The museum is however still open for the public. Opening hours: every day from 9:00-18:00. Entrance fee adults: 12,50 euros, children up to 18 years can enter for free.   

Right next to the Rijksmuseum is the Van Gogh Museum, home to the works of the famous nineteenth century painter Vincent van Gogh. The museum exhibits 200 of his paintings, 500 drawings and 750 of Van Gogh’s letters. In this museum, you will find his famous self portraits and landscape paintings. In the first six months of 2012, the Van Gogh Museum is also going to be renovated. During that period, his most important works are going to be in the Hermitage museum. Opening hours: every day 10:00-18:00. On Fridays until 22:00. Entrance fee adults: 14 euros, children up until 17 years can enter for free.   

If you are more into contemporary art, you should visit the Stedelijk Museum, a neighbor of the Van Gogh Museum. The museum is also renovating, but has exhibitions under the name ‘Temporary Stedelijk’. You will find video art, sculptures, furniture or mobile installations - surprising and often mindboggling. Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 10:00 - 17:00, Thursday open until 22:00. Closed on Monday. Entrance fee adults: 10 euros, children up to 12 years can enter for free, teenagers (12-18 years) pay 5 euros.   

Just across the road from the square is the majestic Concertgebouw. The building, built in 1888, has three halls and is praised for its acoustics and its splendor. Most of the concerts are classical concerts, but the Concertgebouw also features more modern music. The concert hall offers special shows for children as well. You can go on a tour through the building (on Mondays and Sundays only), which is definitely worth doing: the building is a work of art in itself.


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