Re-opening the Rijksmuseum (ctd.)
April 30 2013
A reader has kindly sent in this response to the new Rijksmuseum, following my earlier post:
I went round the Rijksmuseum today. First things first, it's excellent. The rich collection is shown off well; not too cluttered and fully (read also, sensibly) labelled in English and Dutch. As other commentators have written, the placing of paintings with furniture and decorative arts makes great sense.
The queue was manageable at around 45 minutes - around half that if you book online - but unsurprisingly it was very busy inside. It's perhaps not quite as bad as the attached photos suggest, but there were certainly a lot of people when I went.
I'm not totally convinced the grey blue wall colour works with the paintings, but that may just be personal preference. The layout of the floors is also slightly confusing. I appreciate that this was dictated by the constraints of the building but it is a little annoying that the chronology of the floors jumps around: ground floor 1100-1600, first floor: 1700-1900, second floor: 1600-1700, third floor: 1900-to date. But these are minor quibbles in what is a superb museum.
Go, go go!
Our reader also adds:
One other thing I forgot to mention was that the main sponsors of the Rijksmuseum have had their company names and logos boldly commemorated in new stained glass windows at the end of the main gallery. Although it is a little incongruous, I rather liked it and if they've helped financially in what is such an obvious, not to mention expensive success then why not.