Museums in Amsterdam

With five full days in Amsterdam, I was able to see quite a bit, strep throat be damned: FOAM Photography Museum, Huis Marseilles House of Photography, EYE Film Institute, Stedjelijk Contemporary and Modern Art Museum, Rijskmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and the Hermitage [Dutch branch (for restoration) of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia].

The only thing I didn't do was rent a bicycle.

The Amsterdam Hermitage was disappointing, if only because I have almost no interest in religious art, especially not Russian religious icons, where rigid requirements of composition make a thoroughly explored topic even less interesting: the same depiction, over and over again.

The two photography museums were cool, the Rembrandts at the Rijskmuseum even more so, the Van Gogh Museum darker than I expected given what I've seen of his work in other countries and collections, and the Rembrandt House itself more enjoyable and less dry than I expected.

This evening I will take a train to the Dutch countryside.