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Culture Call-out: Master the Masters in Amsterdam

2 April 2010, 18:12

The Netherlands provides the perfect opportunity to get away and discover something new. The Masterpieces offers a unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age in one place.

Masters in AmsterdamThanks to the advent of cheap flights and high-speed rail networks, it's even easier to get away for the weekend and due to it's close proximity with the United Kingdom and Western Europe, the Netherlands provides the perfect opportunity to get away and discover something new.

While the first port of call doesn't necessarily need to be Amsterdam, it's a high priority on the travel lists of many tourists from around the world, and rightly so, with plenty going on all throughout the year.

In an ongoing exhibition taking place in the newly furnished Philips Wing, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is exceptionally presenting all their masterpieces while the restoration of the main building is underway.

Displaying what the museum calls "the crème de la crème of its permanent collection" the Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces offers a unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age in one place.

Apart from the large collection of Golden Age (Gouden Eeuw) paintings, originating from a period that roughly spanned the 17th century and coincided with enviable Dutch achievements in trade, science, and art, there are also a substantial amount of Asian artworks.

Located alongside the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Diamond Museum on Amsterdam's so-called "Museum Square" (Museumplein), the Rijksmuseum is open everyday from 9am to 6pm, with the exception of January 1. Tickets are available from the museum ticket counter or can be purchased in advance online from the museum's e-ticket service.

Discounts are available for CJP / Stadspas or ING- and Postbank cardholders, and entry is free for those aged 18 and under, of any one of the following: Museumkaart cardholders, Rijksmuseum Schoolkaart cardholders, members of ICOM, ICOMOS, UNESCO, Vereniging Rembrandt, KOG, Vrienden van de Aziatische Kunst, I amsterdam Card and Vrienden van het Rijksmuseum.

If you're interesting in seeing some theatre while staying in the Dutch capital, then you can take advantage of quality English-language theatre throughout Amsterdam. Most major theatres are centred around the Leidseplein, all within an easy walk of each other.

Check out the UITburo online for all the latest news and background information on cabaret, theatre, music, musical, dance and ballet performances. It's an unbeatable resource if you're interested in the national cultural agenda... but only if you can read or understand Dutch.

For face-to-face information, the UITburo Ticketshop (on the terrace side of the Leidseplein) is your best bet as there you are welcome to browse programmes and ask about ticket prices and availability. If you're after cheap theatre tickets, then have a peek at some of the offers going at the Last Minute Ticket Shop, also at Leidseplein 26, and offering a discount of up to 50% on last minute tickets.

Summertime entertainment options include the Holland Festival that runs throughout June and the popular (and free!) Open Air Theatre in the Vondelpark in July.

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