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Science Centre NEMO: More Than a Museum

Science Centre NEMO: More Than a Museum
The interactive science museum, NEMO is only a fifteen-minute walk from Centraal Station. The building is an eye catcher and resembles a huge ship’s deck This surreal green object seemingly emerging from the IJ River forms part of the entrance to the IJ tunnel. It is in stark contrast to Amsterdam’s 17th and 18th centuries architecture. The Italian architect, Renzo Piano, wanted to create a place that also served as viewing platform. In his opinion Amsterdam was too flat and without observation...
April 10th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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My Top 3 Amsterdam Museums

My Top 3 Amsterdam Museums
... one of Amsterdam’s museums during National Museum weekend on 10 and 11 April 2010. Your visit is free of charge during these two days, not only in amsterdam museums, but also 500 other museums throughout the country. Most amsterdam museums take part. Get a free map of the route and the participating museums from Tourist Information Centre opposite Centraal Station or from one of the museums. Opening hours for individual museums may differ, but if you turn up between 13.00 and 17.00 they are all...
April 8th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
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Buy a Museum Pass and Pay No Admission Fees

Buy a Museum Pass and Pay No Admission Fees
If you intend spending lots of time inside museums, the museumkaart – Museum Pass is what you need. Pay €39.95 and visit 400 Dutch museums for free. The pass is valid for one year. Buy your museumkaart in one of the participating museums or from Uitburo, Leidseplein 26. Opening hours: Monday – Saturdays 10.00 – 18.00, Thursdays until 21.00 and Sundays and Public Holidays 12.00 – 18.00. Simply fill in the form and visit as many museums in the Netherlands as you like. Twenty-nine Museums...
April 4th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Vincent and the Potato Eaters

Vincent and the Potato Eaters
Looking around the dark room, Vincent chose colours to match the room – earth brown, mineral grey and black green paint lay thick on his palette. The gas lamp hissed and a pool of yellowish red light shone on the five members of De Groot family sitting at the table. Its glare emphasized the coarseness of their faces. “Mrs De Groot, could you put four cups in front of you and pour the coffee?” Vincent asked. She adjusted her white cap, one hand rested on her lap, and did as she was told....
April 2nd, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 3
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Amsterdam’s Secret Church

Amsterdam’s Secret Church
Climb the narrow back staircase to the secret room in the attic, known as Ons Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic). The room is a ravishing little church that recalls the days when Catholics weren’t allowed to practice their religion freely. In the 16th century, Catholicism toppled in many European countries. Spain’s Catholic Habsburg rulers fought and protested vehemently against the Protestant Reformation. At first, Holland sided with Spain but towards the end of the 16th century...
February 22nd, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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A Radio in a Biscuit Tin

The Dutch Resistance Museum tells the personal stories of Dutch people who resisted Nazi occupation. It took less than one week in May 1940 for the Netherlands to change from a free to an occupied country. Join or resist, that was the choice. A small group of 25,000 people were involved in the Dutch resistance. The majority of the Dutch simply tried to survive the war years. Resistance took many forms: strikes, underground newspapers, falsifying documents and helping people go into hiding. The exhibits...
August 22nd, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Rembrandt’s Complete Works in Amsterdam

For the first time ever all works of Rembrandt are brought together in one exhibition. Rembrandt is best known for de Nachtwacht (Night Watch), a huge painting which was even bigger before the sides were chopped off. It did not fit the allocated space in the Town Hall, now the Royal Palace, on Dam Square. He is the master of chiaroscuro, light and shade which makes his paintings mysterious. He painted many self portraits which show how he developed from a young man into an old man. The last one he...
August 12th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Palace News

The Royal Palace at Dam Square is now open to the public again. From October 2005 to June 2009, the Palace remained closed for extensive renovations. The Royal Family uses the palace for their New Year reception, state visits and other official functions. Heads of State and other Royal visitors can stay in one of the apartments during their visit. When the palace is not in use by the Queen or members of the Royal Household, it is open to the public. Visitors can view seventeen rooms, halls and galleries...
July 18th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Voyage of Museum Discovery

Visit Exhibition Museum Plein, a voyage of discovery through history. One hundred and seventy panels, movies with background information and personal views will give you an impression of the past, present and future of this unique place in the heart of Amsterdam. photo credit: flickr ...
July 2nd, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Bad and Good News

The Rijksmuseum is the number one art museum in the Netherlands and art lovers cannot afford to miss it. The museum possesses an unrivalled collection of Dutch art but the bad news is that the museum is closed for renovations. It was supposed to reopen in spring 2009, but this was not feasible and its reopening is now scheduled for 2012 /2013. The good news is that the Philips Wings stayed open with the exhibition Meesterwerken, Masterpieces. Rijksmuseum  I visted the museum last week and every...
June 16th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 6
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Floating Cats

The cat boat or poezenboot is a must-see for all cat-lovers. An entire houseboat is transformed into a cats’ home. What would cats like better than a close-up of fish and ducks? But they are not allowed to wander on the street and can take a breath of fresh air on the cat balcony. Canal view for stray cats  Cats of all ages and colours live in roomy enclosures. Some have even canal view. Several cats walk about freely and weave between your feet hoping to be stroked. If you do, your reward...
June 8th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
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Rembrandt’s Night Watch: Who is Who

The Nachtwacht or Night Watch is the painting that made Rembrandt famous. He painted this group portrait of Captain Frans Banning Cocq’s militia company in 1642. Rembrandt painted a scene full of action and colourfully dresses. The men brandish pikes, load muskets and beat the drum. Rembrandt’s contemporaries would have painted lined up, stern looking people dressed in formal black.  When the painting was moved from the civil guards headquarters to Amsterdam’s town hall, now the...
May 14th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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National Museum Weekend 4 and 5 April

... Museum Weekend is on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April. During these days admission to 500 Dutch museums is either free or at a reduced price. Many amsterdam museums take part. Free maps of the route are available at the Tourist Information Centre opposite Centraal Station and also at participating museums. Opening hours may differ for each museum. Turn up between 13.00 and 17.00 because between these times  all museums are open.  Here is a list of amsterdam museums. My favourites are: Museum Amstelkring Oudezijds...
April 3rd, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Shake Hands with Marilyn Munroe at Madame Tussauds

Have you always wanted to be photographed standing next to Marilyn Munroe or is James Bond, alias Sean Connery more your type? All is possible at the Dutch branch of Madame Tussaud’s waxworks. The experience is divided into two parts; scenes from Dutch history and national and international celebrities. When you step out of the lift you are greeted by “The Spirit of the Dutch”, a fictional character who will accompany you on your walk through the history of Amsterdam and of Holland....
November 16th, 2008 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Erotisch Museum: Naughty Dreams Come true

Erotisch Museum: Naughty Dreams Come true
The Erotisch Museum or Erotic Museum is located where you would expect it: in the heart of the Red Light District. The red lighting over the entrance beckons you from afar. The museum showcases the history of erotica. Its five floors are chock-a-block with erotic art and goodies.  The first floor is like a proper art museum with glass cases and cabinets displaying art. The only difference between general art and art in this museum is that all carvings, statuettes and figurines are of men with exceptionally...
September 4th, 2008 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Museum of Bags and Purses

My handbag is like a secret closet. Stuffed with my treasures, I clutch it under my arm, swing is over my shoulder and never allow anyone to rummage through it. I have lots of handbags, all sizes, all colours, all materials but mine pale into insignificance beside the collection owned by the Tassenmuseum, Museum of Bags and Purses. Shopping bag for sale in Museum of Bags and Purses These days bags are fashionable items but this was not always so. They began life as storage places for personal belongings...
July 9th, 2008 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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