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Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder: a surprising little museum

This entry is part 3 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I posted last week about visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in two hours. Tourists from other countries, if they visit museums at all, generally hit the big ones: the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh, for example. But there are dozens of smaller museums in Amsterdam that are worth seeing. I travel the two and a…

The Milkmaid, by Vermeer

Yes, you CAN visit the Rijksmuseum in two hours!

I’m not a museum person. That’s not to say I’m not interested in art, or natural history, or science, or whatever the museum is about. It’s just that I don’t have the patience to concentrate on one thing for very long. At the same time, I’m not physically up to it; for some reason standing…

artificial harbor at Arromanches

Another museum review? Not exactly…

I wasn’t going to post anything more about world war museums or sites. I figured people aren’t too interested in hearing about them, so the two reviews I’ve already written would be enough. But when my oh-so-laconic son, coming out of a World War II-related site yesterday, remarked, “Even I found this one moving,” I…

In Flanders Fields Museum

  An effective museum doesn’t just display items drily in glass cases; an effective museum gives those items meaning to the people viewing them. It entertains, but it also makes visitors think. It gives the items an emotional weight. The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium, is one of the most effective museums I’ve…

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