Inside Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport: The Branch of the Famous Rijksmuseum
Welcome to Amsterdam Week here on Jaunted! Each day, we're coming at ya with a Double Dutch of features: two stories on a city (and its airport) that stuns with its beauty and nearly overwhelms with everything there is to do. Got any Amsterdam tips of your own? Share with us in the comments!
Today at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, we're visiting the outpost of the Rijkmuseum.
Confession: during this most recent visit to Amsterdam, the long lines to enter the massive Rijksmuseum in the city foiled our plans to visit. Alas, we comforted ourselves with the thought that it's not like we won't ever be back and plsuthe Rijksmuseum has a mini outpost right inside the airport!
The museum-cube sits on the main drag called Holland Boulevard, in the international departures (non-Schengen) terminal. To one side is the Airport Library and to the other the Holland Casino, but its the museum above and its gift shop below that are most easily spotted. Entrance is free (unlike the real Rijksmuseum, which costs 12.50 Euro per adult) and the exhibits change, so if you're a frequent traveler through AMS, we wouldn't write it off after just one visit.
Walk through the gift shop and up a flight of stairs (there's a little handicapped elevator too), and you're in a dark, calm world of Dutch art. It's a marked contrast to the hustle-bustle of Holland Boulevard below, and a welcome escape if only for a few minutes. Bonus: if you're freaked out about flying or stressed in general, this is the perfect place to switch your mind off and look at pretty things.
From September 6 through December 12, the newest exhibit will go on view at the Rijksmuseum Schiphol: Dutch Girls. "Dutch Girls" is a portrait gallery of nine 17th century girls painted by Frans Hals, Caesar van Everdingen, Isaack Luttichuys, Bartholomeus van der Helst and other Dutch Masters. We're loving the explanation for the portraits:
Vanity is never out of fashion. As in the Dutch Golden Age, when women of all ages also tried to look their best, especially when sitting for a portrait. They would select their finest dress. Yet a flattering portrait required more than pretty clothes. An artist would try to depict his subject as attractively as possible and at the same time accurately convey her personality.
Just FYI that you do not need to don your best attire for a visit to the Schiphol museum branch; this is a decidedly informal affair.
Disclosure: Special thanks to Schiphol Airport for the access and to Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (@VisitHolland), our host. All photos and opinions presented are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]