The Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s great museums, reopened to much fanfare in 2013 after a decade-long renovation. During this 2.5-hour family tour, we’ll discover the (sometimes hidden) treasures of the museum’s extensive collection and building. We’ll explore a wide variety of objects carefully and in doing so understand more about the Netherlands, its history and culture. This will in turn lead us to talk about why objects are kept in museums and what they can tell us about the past—and the present.
Armed with props like magnifying glasses and torches, families will have the opportunity to interact with some of the Rijksmuseum’s most inspiring objects and artworks, from ancient elk antlers to magic lantern slideshows; giant model ships and planes to beautifully detailed dolls houses. At each stop, our docent, will engage the young adventurers with inquisitive questions and activities, in addition to putting the items into their art historical context.
At the end of our time together, we’ll not only be familiar with some of the treasures of the cabinet of curiosities that is the Rijksmuseum and a broad understanding of some key moments in Dutch history; we’ll also have learned new techniques for looking at and discussing objects and art in museums.