Monday, May 23, 2016

Amsterdam on the Level, part 3

What did I miss seeing this time in Amsterdam? A few fascinating things I'd seen before and a new list for next time.

I had already made a thorough visit to Rembrandt House Museum. The master lived here from 1639 to 1658 and the interior has been restored to its original state.

Even more important to connoisseurs, almost a complete collection of the 290 Rembrandt etchings that we know about are housed here and some are always on display. Better yet, there are demonstrations of how  he made those etchings, you can  see. And probably best, you can absorb the environment in which he created such incomparable work. Highly recommended.

Neuw Kerk
I had also seen Oude Kerk, the oldest in Amsterdam, and Neuw Kerk, the "new," 600-year-old church with its changing exhibits, before. Both recommended.

Anne Frank House.
i skipped the Anne Frank House for two reasons: steep, claustrophobic stairways, not good for Levelers, and the lines. If you want to spend the better part of the day waiting to get in, by all means do so. I didn't.

Between time, weather, location and/or energy, I also skipped

Eye, the art of film

Stadsarchief, the City Archives;

Museum Willet-Holthuysen, a historic canal house

Het Grachtenhuis, the museum of canals

Maritime Museum
Het Scheepvaar, the National Maritime Museum

NEMO, the science center

 Amsterdam Pipe Museum

The Botanical Garden

but have penciled them in for future trips.

There are many more, of course. Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, the Torture Museum and the Sex Museum come immediately to mind. Both attract enormous crowds, but neither appeals to me nor do I think they are worth money or the wait.


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