Amsterdam museum of wonders

Rijksmuseum atrium
Spend a day exploring the Rijksmuseum (The State Museum) when you are in Amsterdam. With approximately 8,000 pieces of art and history, the museum reflects more than 800 years of international travel by the Dutch.

From masterpieces like Rembrandt’s famous “Night Watch” to special collections of silver, jewelry, weapons and model ships, you are almost guaranteed to discover something new and wonderous.

My tips for a better experience:

  • Wear your walking shoes. There are more than 80 galleries to explore.
  • Plan on a crowd if you go to the museum to escape the rain because many other people will have the same idea.
  • Visit the nearby Van Gogh Museum first if you plan to visit both on the same day. It is much smaller and then you can easily fill the rest of your day at the Rijkmuseum.
  • Start your visit promptly when the museum opens.
  • Take a break at the café in the atrium.

Learn more about the Rijksmuseum.

The perfect way to start your museum day – with a rich brownie and a latte.

Maiden Statue


Crying baby
Screaming child stung by a bee by Hendrick de Keyser
Dancing maiden
Magic lantern slides

Painting gallery

Model ships

The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede by Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael

Door latch

Model for tomb
Model for the tomb of Maerten Harpertsz Tromp

Marriage coin

Hair comb

Green glasses

Woolen hat
In 1980, archeologists investigated the graves of 185 Dutchmen – whalers and workmen on the train oil refineries – who died on or near Spitsbergen during the 17th century. The skeletons were still wearing their knitted woolen caps. Each cap was individualized; the men recognized one another only by the pattern of the stripes on their caps. The men were bundled up so tightly against the fierce cold that only their eyes were visible.
Tree painting
Detail from the Row of Trees oil painting byJan Mankes
Stars on ceiling
Richard Wright star pattern on the ceiling of the Rijkmuseum
Research library
Research Library
After 1900, the colonial-military expansion of power in the Dutch East Indies opened it up as an unparalleled area of activity for Europeans. This also applied to the Dutch anthropologist J.P. Kleiweg de Zwaan, who conducted research on the physical characteristics of ethnic groups. During a 1910 expedition on Nias he covered the faces of a group of living men with plaster to record their appearance.

China sets

Airplane seat
Passenger seat for the Fokker F.XII and F.XVIII

Breakfast service

About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

Kirkus Book Review: "... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places."

Next travel book to spotlight Iceland

25817249396_f6c787ef9f_z Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!

Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.