Why the Rijksmuseum
If you go to Amsterdam and have time for one museum only, make it the Rijksmuseum. In 2013, after a ten-year renovation which cost 375 million Euros, the museum has been reopened by Queen Beatrix (quite a good name for a Queen, don’t you think?). It was the most visited museum in 2013 and 2014 in the Netherlands. The gorgeous garden is already worth a visit and offers regular exhibitions. I enjoyed drinks and live music (followed by a Golden Age Beauty tour and a spectacular dinner) in light of the Philips Beauty Summit. However, the of the museum wasinside a surprise to me.
My Absolute Highlight
I didn’t know that the Rijksmuseum offers the possibility of having a private party in front of its works of art. Yes, that’s right: for an entire evening you can sit near an absolute masterpiece and enjoy your dinner, talk, laugh, forget security issues and the world outside. I had the privilege to sit right in front of The Night Watch by Rembrandt – and admired it very much so.
Its light is magical, the figures are nearly human size – Rembrandt manages to indulge someone in an illusion that the characters jump off the canvas and into real space – the scene is powerful.
I also left the dinner for a couple of times to take pictures and explore more half deserted rooms (the Museum was open just for us) and felt like a kid in the candy shop. An incredible experience.