The Rijksmuseum Reborn Pt 2

After hanging around for ten years in the Phillips wing, the most famous painting in the country is now back to its original location. Like a famous television channel theme song from my childhood once said, This is where you belong…

We were early enough to be among the first through the door that morning so we went straight to the Mona Lisa of the collection before the crowd came roaring in. It was a first time for me to see the renovated Gallery of Honour complete with all its Rembrandts and Vermeers and couldn’t help but think how lucky the Dutch were to have so much of their heritage intact.

Thankfully, their policy of allowing photos was still in place, the absolute opposite of their stubborn next door neighbor, the Van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum has clearly learned for a while now that you attract more bees with honey – the room was totally buzzing by the time we left. And, happily, there’s still an entire building left to explore!

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