Rijksmuseum

Sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and go to the museum. Well, you may not. But I do.

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I was determined to go and see the Rijksmuseum library which I keep seeing references to online. So I pulled myself together, put my coat on, and headed out into the wilds of the day!

I made it into the museum, followed a likely looking sign, then couldn’t find anymore signs to follow. So with the floor plan rolled up tight in hand I went up to a guide to ask him where I was mean to be. He complimented me on mijn Nederlands! With a grin on my face I headed on up to the Promised Land!

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Only to be confronted by big red signs which prohibited photography. Oh well. I had a quick look around, resolved to come back to do actual research another time, and headed back out into the gallery to soak up the culture.

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As I’ve mentioned before, the refurbished museum is immense and diverse! So it was nice to find myself in sections I hadn’t explored yet and just wander through admiring the artwork.

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There really is so much beauty in the world. If only you stop to look at it.

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I keep being reminded of how flat these here lowlands are too!

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The simple pleasures bring a smile to my face.

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So much beautiful sky.

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My beautiful Damrak which I love so much.

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And I found a Mondrian that I really like! Of course, it’s not Himself’s preferred style of Mondrian!

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So much to see. Today was a good example that you don’t need to carve out a whole day to see everything, you can just nip in see a section, become rejuvenated by the art, and head back out again.

I need to keep this in mind more often.

3 thoughts on “Rijksmuseum

  1. Oooo imagine the fun research you could do there! Most difficult part would be picking a topic! Can anyone perform research or is it necessary to have a letter from an academic institution or other something similar? Some of the institutions here require such documentation for access to the volumes.

    The Mondrian is particularly lovely 🙂

    An approach like you describe — a quick jaunt — sounds like another good way to experience a huge collection.

    1. I’m going to speculate wildly and say you may need authority to see the older or “special” books, but anyone can use the library 🙂

      I need to go to the Rijksmuseum more 🙂 It makes me feel so inspired about the world!

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