Day with Van Gogh and Rembrandt

It’s really taken a long time to write this day, but hopefully I will able to write more consistently.

Our second day was a museum day. One of Amsterdam’s major attractions is museums, around seventy five in number. But it was not difficult for us to select the museums we wanted to give priority to.

Vincent van Gogh is one of our favourite artists. The Van Gogh museum is the most famous museum in Amsterdam, so one has to book a slot way in advance. We did the online booking one month prior and booked the earliest slot of the day, 9 am.

We left our hotel after breakfast at 8 am. Took the tram from Rembrandtplein to Dam and another from Dam to Museumplein, which is the stop for Van Gogh museum.

It was very cold and people were standing in a queue waiting for the museum doors to open. This enthusiasm was amazing; within few minutes there was a long entry queue. At 9 sharp we got into the museum after showing our e tickets.

The museum building itself is a symbol of contemporary art, very sleek and modern. The audio guide gives us all the information very elaborately. One is not allowed to click pictures inside the museum except at the select few photo spots. But still some over enthusiasts tend to click pictures. Its a shame not to follow the museum rules.

I am not writing about all the paintings here but few of the masterpieces I have to mention specially the The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House, Almond Blossoms, Sunflowers and his many self portraits. His life is very interesting and at the same time sad. His mental illness is heartbreaking. Now his art is invaluable, but he died broke.

I got some prints, coasters and books from the museum store 🙂

From Van Gogh museum to Rijks museum is a 5 minute walk. Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam.

The museum’s expansive collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artefacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history and many other culturally significant objects, all combining to vividly explore 800 years of Dutch history within a global context. And naturally, the collection isn’t frozen in time – new items arrive to represent modern times, too, such as a Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent dated 1965.

We were lucky to get a chance to see Rembrandt’s special art exhibition which was going on there just for month. It was very crowded but worth it. Again the audio tour helped to understand the paintings. I found the navigation inside the museum not so easy or maybe I was lacking.

By the end of this museum we were feeling hungry so we decided to have lunch at Small Talk Eating house opposite Stedelijk museum & next to Museumplein tram station.

We had some tasty Chicken provencale salad, Agnus burger, and coffee.

Then we went to see Stedelijk Museum for modern art, contemporary art, and design. Design is my favourite topic and this place is delightful.

The museum collection holds almost 90,000 objects, collected since 1874. With important clusters and cores focusing on De Stijl, Bauhaus, Pop Art and CoBrA and, more recently, Neo-Impressionism, the collection represents virtually every significant movement in art and design of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Stedelijk also has a comprehensive collection of drawings and paintings by Kazimir Malevich. Key pieces by Post-Impressionists Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh exemplify art from the late 19th century.

One can spend a lot of time here and explore every art style with the help of the audio guide which helps to understand the art. We really had amazing time to see the art.

Then we took reverse direction trams to our hotel as we were tired and needed a break after the three wonderful art museums.

After resting some time we went out in the evening to enjoy the canal cruise. We took the tram to the central station. Had a great time taking pictures from the boat. It’s really nice to see the city from the canals. The commentary gave us details of the past and present but even without hearing the commentary, it’s a pleasant experience. It started raining midway, but still we still enjoyed Amsterdam from the water.

Then from the end point of the canal cruise we walked back to Dam square. In between we stopped to eat Holland’s best frites at Mannekin Pis. They were super yummy and in the rain and cold they tasted even better.

From there we went to Prik, Amsterdam’s best gay bar. But unfortunately because of rain and being a week day the place was not that happening. We are not club or party animals, still we enjoyed, had some drinks and nibbled some tasty finger food.

Then we clicked some sunset photos. I was then excited to see the famous crowded red light district. It was crowded, still we walked around.

We decided to walk back to our hotel and call it a day. And get recharged for the next day.

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