I have been in Amsterdam and while there we went to Rijksmuseum – National Museum of Art and History. While the restoration of the main building is underway, the Rijksmuseum displays the crème de la crème of its permanent collection in the Philips Wing. The exhibition is titled “The Masterpieces” and offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.

One of the paintings shown is of course the famous “Night Watch”, a large and beautiful painting (see image). We went to the museum on a Saturday. Word of advice, do like we did and go early. That way you avoid long lines waiting to get in and it is less crowded inside which makes it easier to get a good view of the paintings.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.