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The art of Amsterdam, past and present

The Dutch Masters helped spawn the prolific art collections around town and now you can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in Amsterdam.

Art in Amsterdam

The Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum

Golden Age

1 RIJKSMUSEUM

The Netherlands’ premier art trove splashes Rembrandts, Vermeers and 7,500 other masterpieces over a mile of galleries. Works from the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age are the highlight: feast your eyes on still lifes, gentlemen in ruffed collars and landscapes bathed in pale light. Rembrandt’s The Night Watch (1642) takes pride of place (rijksmuseum.nl; Museumstraat 1; 9am–5pm; £12.50).

2 MUSEUM HET REMBRANDTHUIS

Rembrandt van Rijn ran the Netherlands’ largest painting studio in this beautiful house, only to lose the lot when bankruptcy came a-knocking. The museum has almost every etching he made and a mind-boggling collection of his possessions, which include seashells, weaponry, Roman busts and military helmets (rembrandt huis.nl; Jodenbreestraat 4; 10am–6pm; £9).

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