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Utrecht railway museum discount



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Recently, discount round trip tickets have been updated on the NS company website in the Netherlands and a round-trip train ticket has been added for the Railway Museum, a museum worth seeing in Utrecht, Netherlands.

This is a national railway museum with a good understanding of the history of trains in the Netherlands. It allows visitors to experience and travel 175 through multiple themed interactive links, unlike some museums that may make you feel “one-of-a-kind.” Spectacular waiting halls, nostalgic halls are exhibited, mainly steam trains, electric trains and internal combustion trains, offering you a fantastic and exciting adventure…

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The NS round trip package includes: Round-trip train tickets to Utrecht Central Station, shuttle bus and railway museum tickets, 18 Eruo for children aged 4 to 11, 34 Eruo for over 12 years old (tickets per person from the railway museum website also 17 Eruo). The promotion is valid until 31 August, usage until 30 September 2022 excluding King’s Day on 27 April.

● From May 17 to November 27 this year, the Railway Museum will hold the Train After Discovery exhibition, which will take you to experience the history of the mail train.

1. The shuttle train from Utrecht Central Station to the museum leaves every hour.
2. Round-trip train tickets are only valid during off-peak hours on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on public holidays.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Top 25 museums in the Netherlands



Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has hundreds of museums that are worth exploring. To guide you through the Top 25 Museums of the Netherlands , MuseumTV has made a selection of leading and special museums. The majority of these can also be found in our archive, which can be recognized by the orange play button. This way you can already get acquainted with the museum. Check out the list and get inspired!

1 – Rijksmuseum 

The Rijksmuseum is at the top of the list of the best museums in the Netherlands. With a score of 4.5 out of no less than 46,632 votes, no other museum can compete with this museum.

Take a tour of the museum or meander through the many art forms that can be found in this museum. For this museum you need about 2 to 3 hours to see the most!

Would you like to know what is currently on display in the Rijksmuseum? Then visit their page on Museum Wegwijzer or the website of the museum itself! 

2 – Anne Frank House

Everyone in the world knows the diary of Anne Frank. In Amsterdam you can discover the house where Anne Frank went into hiding in 1942. A museum has been housed in the house since 1960.

Initially, the Secret Annex was not available at Otto Frank’s request.

Visit this special museum and let yourself be taken through the terrible time of the Second World War.

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

3 – Mauritshuis

In the Mauritshuis you will find a collection of the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. You will find this selection in the center of The Hague.

Here you will find the most famous paintings from Dutch history, such as the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, the anatomy lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt and The Bull by Potter. You will allow about 2 hours for a visit.

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

4 – DAF Museum

At number 4 on the list of the best museums in the Netherlands, you will find the DAF Museum in Eindhoven. You literally fall from one surprise to another here.

Even for non-expert visitors, it is definitely worth a visit to this museum with the ingenuity that characterizes the DAF vehicles.

For example, in the gallery you will find an exceptional collection of passenger cars. You will of course also find commercial vehicles and military DAF vehicles.

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

5 – Van Gogh Museum

Back to Amsterdam, where you will find the number 5 on the list of the best museums in the Netherlands; the Van Gogh Museum.

Everyone in the world knows the unique painter and in this museum you will be taken along his ideas and ambitions that lie behind his art.

In the Van Gogh museum you will find guided tours that take you through the art of the artist himself and other art in his time.

6 – The Zaanse Schans

Zaandam was a bustling city in North Holland for centuries. History can be told for hours, but pictures speak louder than words.

Operate the machines that have been used through the ages or learn how raw materials are processed into products.

In short, a lot of interaction is possible at the Zaanse Schans.

7 – National Museum of Antiquities

The National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Dutch), is located in an old monumental mansion in Leiden.

In this museum you will find the Dutch archive of archaeology. You will also find a wide range of objects related to ancient Egypt.

Of course you will also find many things that were found in the Netherlands. So be sure to visit the museum!

8 – Royal Delft – Royal Porceleyne Fles

High-quality Delft Blue has been manufactured by Royal Delft since 1653. This Delft Blue is known all over the world.

The craft is passed on from generation to generation and guarantees the iconic masterpieces that Royal Delft offers.

Would you like to see how this Delft Blue is made? Then be sure to visit the museum!

9 – Groninger Museum

Groningen is the first museum in the north of the country in the list of the best museums in the Netherlands.

The Groninger Museum is a modern museum with a varying range of exhibitions. On Tripadvisor, this museum can also do it with a score of 4.5, just like all the above museums. For the Groninger museum this is based on 1,344 reviews.

Would you like to know which current exhibitions the museum offers? Be sure to check out their website!

10 – Castle of the Counts

What the number 10 in this list does in the list of best museums in the Netherlands is not entirely known to us. This museum is located in Ghent, Belgium.

Nevertheless, we will include it in our list because it is definitely worth a visit!

11 – muSIEum

Back to the Netherlands where the muZIEum in Nijmegen is on 11. In this museum you can discover what it is like to be blind or partially sighted. You can read it here, hear from an experience expert, but you will mainly SEE and experience it yourself.

Allow about 2 to 3 hours to visit this museum. Venture into a world where your other senses play a very important role.

12 – Museum de Pont

Museum de Pont is a museum from Tilburg that offers you a wide range of modern art.

De Pont was founded in 1988 and named after the businessman Jan de Pont who left his legacy behind for the benefit of contemporary art. The museum is located in an old wool spinning mill.

13 – Dutch Open Air Museum

The Dutch Open Air Museum is located in Arnhem and offers an overview of the history of everyday activities.

This is done in authentic buildings, objects and true stories that are played out. The people in the museum seem to have been plucked out of history.

14 – The Railway Museum

In the Railway Museum you will discover how the train has changed the world.

The museum has a lifelike station, a theater, exciting attractions and many exhibitions that give you an overview of the history of the train in our society. As the museum itself says; come to the nicest station in the Netherlands! A deserved 14th place in the list of the best museums in the Netherlands.

15 – The Philips Museum

Gerard Philips produced his first light bulbs in 1891 and that is exactly where you will find the current Philips museum.

In this museum you will be taken through the thread of the company and the innovative character that characterizes the company. Of course, as you might have expected, you will find this museum in Eindhoven.

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Rijks Museum (Rijksmuseum) Ticket and Guide



Rijks Museum Amsterdam Netherlands

Shedding light on Dutch history and art, the Rijks Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. A large and significant part of the collection is devoted to Dutch art, especially painting.

Along with these works, works of European and Asian arts, sculptures, objects and sketches are also exhibited. In this museum, which you will add to your cultural visits program, you can see especially the paintings of Rembrandt and Jan Vermeer. We start our article with the history of the museum, if you wish, you can go directly to the Rijks Museum Ticket and Rijksmuseum Entrance Fees section below.

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History of the Rijks Museum

The dominance of the Dutch naval fleet in world trade brought about an increase in welfare. This environment of prosperity encouraged the arts. Opened in 1800 as the National Gallery of Art, the Rijksmuseum was later moved to the Royal Palace in Amsterdam by King Louis Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother). In 1885, Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers designed a new building combining Gothic and Renaissance styles. It was reopened in 2013 as a result of restoration work. The name of the museum means Royal Museum / State Museum .

Rijks Museum Sections

Consisting of a large main building and small annexes, the Rijksmuseum has three floors . Artifacts considered important for the Netherlands are exhibited on the first floor. In the museum, there are more than one million works of art and artifacts of historical value covering the period between 1400 and 1900. However, only 8,000 of these 1 million works are on display; 2,000 of these 8,000 works are paintings made during the Dutch golden age. In other words, the focus of the museum is the works and collections of Dutch artists.

Ground floor

Works reflecting 18th and 19th century art are on display. In the Asian Arts Section, which you can enter from the Philips wing, the works of the Netherlands obtained through trade in the middle ages are exhibited. Among the works; There are Indian sculptures, Korean wooden crafts, Vietnamese plates, Chinese scrolls and bronze figures.

The Honor Gallery , where the density is highest, is located on the ground floor. Works by 17th century artists are on display. The corridor is divided into loggias with iron-worked beams. Works and portraits of famous painters are exhibited up to the ceilings.

First floor

Artifacts reflecting the history of the Netherlands are exhibited on this floor. You can also see various war paintings, 17th century ship models, objects salvaged from shipwrecks. The works of Rembrandt and Jan Vermeer stand out as works of the 17th century . As the works of the 18th century, paintings by artists such as Jan van Huysum, Adriaan van der Werff, Adriaan de Lelie and Cornelis Troost stand out.

On the first floor, there is also the “European Painting Department” where the works of European artists are exhibited . In the section that covers a small area, European painters, especially Piero di Cosimo, are featured.

All works are exhibited in galleries. While visiting the galleries on this floor, you can also see the section containing the drawings and sketches of artists such as Rembrandt, Hercules Seghers, Dürer, Tiepolo, Toulouse-Leutrec.

Second floor

20th century artifacts are exhibited on this floor. You can see paintings, furniture, photographs, posters, films and historical objects that have left their mark on this century. Among the works are the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent’s “Mondrian Dress” inspired by De Stijl’s abstract paintings , Armchair for Til Brugman (Gerrit Thomas Rietveld-1919 ), Made in USA (Shinkichi Tajiri-1964 ), Man and Machine (Marinus) You can visit works such as Johannes Hack-1913 ).

You can find Dutch artifacts on each floor, including religiously themed medieval sculptures, Renaissance period objects, furniture, glasswork, ceramics, jewelery and porcelain.

Must-See Artifacts

The Dutch gave great value to their artists and opened private galleries within the Rijks Museum. Among them, you can visit works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Der Helst, Breitner and Verspronc. We have compiled 8 works and stories for you.

The Night Watch – “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt (1642)

Rembrant Nightwatch Rijksmuseum

Would you be surprised to know that the name of Rembrandt’s most famous painting is actually wrong ? The title of the work is known as The Night Watch, but Rembrandt gave it the title ” Captain Frans Bannng Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch’s Corps Prepare to March” . In fact, the work does not depict a night scene; it is actually depicted during the daytime. This name, which was not given by the artist, was first used at the end of the 18th century. By then, the painting had darkened considerably due to the accumulation of many layers of dirt and varnish, as well as improper restoration work, thus giving the impression that the event took place at night.

Rembrandt made this work of art on the order of Captain Banninck Cocq, the mayor of Amsterdam at the time, for a fee . In this work, Rembrandt portrayed the guards posing for him, not in an unusual portrait composition, but in a state of action.

With its dimensions of three and a half meters high and four and a half meters wide, and a weight of 330 kg, the work is very large. Its edges were cut off so that it could be taken out of the door during mobilization, so it is presumed that at least two figures were sacrificed. He was also attacked with a knife in 1975, and in 1990 he was sprayed with acid by a mentally unstable person.

The work underwent a comprehensive restoration in July 2019, and the restoration was completed as a result of 2 years of work.

The Milkmaid – The Milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer (1660)

The Milkmaid Johannes Vermeer – Rijksmuseum

Vermeer’s famous work is a portrait of a maid pouring milk. It is one of the most popular paintings in the museum. The artist used saturated blue and yellow tones effectively in his work. In this work, you can question the photographic reality of the artist and watch the reflections of natural light.

Celebration of the Treaty of Münster

Van der Helst – Rijks Museum

Van der Helst described the signing of the Münster agreement in this work. This painting is one of the important works of Rijks Museum. When you examine the painting carefully, you can see that a symbolic meal is depicted, emphasizing the reconciliation policy of Amsterdam.

The Singel Bridge by George Hendrik Breitner (1896)

The Singel Bridge by George Hendrik Breitner

In this work, the artist depicted the natural life of the people on the Singel Bridge on a winter day. In the first work of the work, she received negative comments because she depicted the woman in the picture as a maid. For this reason, she re- described the same woman as a modern and stylish woman in her work . It is known that Breitner often took photographs to prepare his paintings, and he made several such works for this work. The way the woman walks straight towards us and the image is cropped stands out clearly photographically. Many famous painters have taken this work as an example in order to make technological paintings.

The Cuypers Library

The Cuypers Library

It is the largest and oldest art history library in the Netherlands. It is located on the second floor of the museum. Visitors, students and art historians can use the library to learn about the Rijks Museum collection. iPads are available in the library and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.

The Threatened Swan, Jan Aselijn

The Threatened Swan

The work depicts a swan defending its nest against a dog. After this work was made, it began to be interpreted politically. It is a painting considered a symbol of Dutch national resistance. It represents the Dutch Statesman Johan de Witt, who fought against the enemies of the state. It draws attention as the first work purchased by the National Art Gallery, which served before the Rijksmuseum opened.

Marten and Oopjen, Rembrandt

Marten and Oopjen Rembrandt

Considered the world’s most sought-after and least-exhibited Rembrandts, these two paintings depict an English nobleman and a woman. In 2016, the Netherlands and France jointly bought these paintings for 160 million Euros. Therefore, they are exhibited alternately in the Rijks Museum and the Louvre Museums. Restoration studies on these artifacts revealed an interesting fact. Namely; In both portraits, Rembrandt initially painted a round door or gate in the background. He then covered it with curtains, presumably to reinforce the coherence between the portraits. Research has revealed that both paintings were painted at the same time.

‘Winter Landscape’ by Hendrick Avercamp

endrick Avercamp – Winter Landscape – Rijks Museum

Hendrick Avercamp was a born deaf and mute painter, which resulted in an increased ability for visual representation in his art. The work shows people having fun on an icy lake and many details. The ducks swimming in the broken pond, the details of the abandoned house, even someone making a small toilet, playing ice hockey. Hundreds of details. Examination of this work is the subject of a separate article in itself. On this subject, I leave with you the tweet series of the esteemed Umberto Eto.

Rijksmuseum Transportation

Do not prefer your private car and public transportation vehicles as the building is in the Museum Square and due to heavy traffic. There are trams that depart every 15 minutes to the museum. You can take tram 2 or 5 from Amsterdam Central Station and get off at Hobbemastrat station. From here, you can take the tram number 6,7 or 10, get off at the Spiegelgracht station and go to the museum.

Rijks Museum Ticket & Entrance Fees

If you don’t buy a ticket & make a reservation in advance for the Rijks Museum, which is one of the most important museums in the world and the most visited museum in the Netherlands after the Van Gogh Museum, you can spend a significant part of your time waiting in the ticket queue. The most preferred ticket types are as follows, along with the entrance fees:

1-) Rijks Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket (Click): This type of online ticket is sold by the authorized dealer Rijksmuseum on Getyourguide. As of the date of our article, there are 7246 positive comments about the ticket. The Entry Ticket is valid for 1 day. Mobile tickets or printed tickets are accepted. After purchasing the ticket, you read and pass the barcode, which will be your barcode in the e-mail (also transmitted as SMS) to your phone. Therefore, when making a reservation, you need to enter your phone and e-mail information correctly.

If you cannot find a place on Getyourguide at the time and date you want, you can check the Tiqets-Rijksmuseum address as a second option. Since Rijks Museum tickets are physically shared between ticket / tour companies at the box office and on the internet, in some cases, the date not found in one can be found in the other ticket company. Both are the same in price.

Also, as we mentioned in Visit Tips, don’t forget to download the Rijksmuseum app before entering the museum.

2) Enter with the I Amsterdam City Card (Click): With this card, which is valid for 24 hours – 96 hours, you can enter 44 museums in Amsterdam free of charge. You also have rights such as free use of public transportation, free canal cruise, discounts at restaurants. This card is in the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. It is worth noting that this card is highly preferred among Turkish tourists. You can review it according to your situation. You can print the card, or you can use it as a mobile. As of the date of our article, there are more than 2,200 positive comments about it and the fee is 65 Euros per person .

Ideal Time to Visit & Tips

The museum is open all year round from 9 am to 5 pm ( including the first day of the year, holidays and even Christmas!) . It’s best to arrive early in the morning (for example, arrive 10 minutes before the Museum opens) or late in the afternoon (after 3:00 p.m.) in order to avoid heavy crowds and to explore the museum more comfortably . Considering the size of the museum, we recommend that you buy tickets online early in the morning and spend 1 full day here . The busiest days of the museum are Fridays , weekends and holidays.

  • When you arrive early, go straight to the second floor and go directly to see the Night Watch / The Night Watch . Then check out other Golden Age paintings in the Eregalerij (Gallery of Honor). This is the most important and busiest part of the museum. After that, start your museum visit over, even if it requires a full turnaround.
  • We recommend leaving your backpack at your hotel. Because it is forbidden to enter with a backpack, and there is a queue for at least 30 minutes at the cloakroom, except when the museum is less crowded.
  • The Van Gogh Museum is a 2-minute walk from here, the bookshops located between the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum sell plenty of documents, guides and other materials about these museums. You can get it before your visit.
  • The museum has its own application in the Play Store (I think it’s also available for iPhone), you can access it by clicking here . Simply type “Rijksmuseum” into the Store apps .
  • The museum is really big, we recommend you to wear comfortable shoes. The total walking distance in the gallery is 1.5 km. There is a large cafeteria in the entrance hall of the museum. Here you can drink coffee and relax.
  • Do not leave without taking a photo with the inscription “I Amsterdam” in front of the museum .

Thank you for reading our article. In this article, we share all the information about the Rijks Museum with you; We gave you information about Rijksmuseum entrance fees, Rijksmuseum ticket purchases. We look forward to your valuable comments and photos after your visit. With love.

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Netherlands to receive Rembrandt self-portrait: Standard Bearer



Rembrandt self portrait Standard Bearer

The Dutch government announced that it plans to purchase the famous self-portrait of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, whose signature is on important works of the 17th century.

The government, which is waiting for the approval of the parliament in order to purchase the painting called Standard Bearer, states that this work is of great importance for the history and culture of the Netherlands. This masterpiece, dated 1636, has been in the hands of private collectors for centuries. The painting was finally bought by the Rothschilds family. After the purchase, it is planned to be exhibited in different countries before being exhibited at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

“The Standard Bearer is returning home after a journey of several centuries,”

Dutch Culture Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven said. made a statement. The government allocated 150 million euros for the sale. The museum also contributes 10 million euros to purchase the work. The Rembrandt Association will also add 15 million euros. In the work, Rembrandt portrayed himself carrying the banner during the ’80 Years War, which the Netherlands entered to gain independence from the Spanish Kingdom. At the end of the war, in 1648, the Netherlands gained its independence.

The work was exhibited at an event at the Rijksmuseum in 2019.

The painting has been in a French branch of the Rothschild family since 1844, and France considered the work a “national treasure”.

When France announced that the Netherlands had the right to buy the work and decided that it could be sold under free market conditions, the Netherlands also decided to take a step in this regard.

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