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Dick Bruna House

The Dick Bruna House Museum has opened in Utrecht, at the Centraal Museum in February, 2006. Dedicated to the life and work of perhaps Holland's most favorite contemporary artist, this unique space is a joy to visit for children and adults alike. Dick Bruna is the creator of the cartoon characters Miffy the Rabbit (known as Nijntje here in Holland), Poppy Pig, Snuffy the Dog and Boris Bear. Beginning in 1952, this artist has been delighting children of all ages with his unique, colorful style. Mr. Bruna was the son of a publisher, and he started his graphic arts career creating book covers. In fact Dick Bruna is just as famous for his book covers as he is for his cartoons! Some authors he has worked for are Georges Simenon (Maigret) and Leslie Charteris (the Saint). He is also known for his incredible posters, stamps and other graphic designs. Mr. Bruna said that "it is like a dream come true. And to have this during my lifetime! With most artists, this only happens after they're long dead." Dick went on to say "in the earlier days, going to a museum was different. You had to be very quiet and all. With this museum, children play if they want, there are computers, they can draw, there's lots of reading to do. But at the same time, the parents can see all the different things I've made for adults, book covers and posters and whatever."

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The Amsterdam Historisch Museum

Once a convent then an orphanage, this musuem highlights the city's development. If you're into history there are some interesting paintings and art works. The focus is on the Golden Age of Amsterdam. A recent special exhibition covered the history of women in the home. This musuem is perhaps one of the least popular, so you won't have to wait in line. Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359
1012 RM Amsterdam
Phone: 020-523-1822

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Anne Frank House

Visit here for an eerie sensation of what it was like for the Frank Family to hide in an attic during World War II. The original furnishings were destroyed by the Nazis, but the place is haunted by the ghosts of Anne and her family. Excellent, but small display of historical information. If you haven't read the "Diary of Anne Frank," get a copy here, available in many languages.

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Hash Hemp Marijuana Museum

This is a serious museum charting 8,000 years of history with excellent displays and exhibits, including some live plants. Small admission price is worth it, especially to rid yourself of American brainwashing.

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Joods Historisch Museum

Opened as a museum in 1987, this four building complex is comprised of four synagogues built by Ashkenazi Jews during the 1600's and 1700's. The museum is filled with displays of the long history of Jews in Holland.

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Rembrandthuis Museum

The master of Dutch painting lived here from 1639 to 1660, teaching lessons in the attic, living on the ground floors with his wife and son. The displays of his art here are well worth the visit and include self-portraits, nude studies and religious scenes and some landscapes.

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Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Musuem was originally built in 1890 to house a collection of art given to the city by Sophia de Bruyn. In 1938 it was turned into the National Museum of Modern Art and has exhibits by such masters as Picasso, Mondriaan, Cezanne, Monet and Matisse. Exhibits are also displayed of new art including sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, video, photography, etc.
Vasily Kandinsky
Pablo Picasso
Jackson Pollock

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Van Gogh Museum

The world's largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings, drawings and over 900 letters Vincent wrote during his lifetime are housed in this modern building opened in 1973. An extensive addition to the museum was completed the summer of 1999. Other exhibits are shown as well, usually dealing with his contemporaries' artwork.

Note: This excellent museum hosts a wonderful collection of paintings, drawings and letters from Vincent Van Gogh and often highlights works from his contemporaries.

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Kroller-Muller Museum

A great day trip from Amsterdam especially on a sunny day, is the Kroller-Muller Museum.  Possibly the best museum in Holland, it has a splendid setting. It's located inside the Nationaal Park de Hoge Veluwe, a nature preserve an hours drive from Amsterdam. Since cars are banned from the park, you must either take a bus to the museum or you can ride one of the many free bikes available, or have a pleasant walk. The park is graced with miles and miles of wonderful bike paths, foot paths and horse trails. The highlight of the museum is a great collection of 278 paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, including those pictured here.  The corridors are also filled with works by Picasso, Manet, Matisse, Mondrian and many more. Behind the museum is the 27 acre sculpture garden, filled with statuary and sculptures from this century. Some of the pieces are huge, others light as a feather and floating around on reflecting ponds. The colors, the textures and the shapes are truly amazing. Plan on bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying a wonderful day of culture and art in a wooded park.

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Barcelona Street Art

Bob Marley (Click for larger image)Barcelona has always supported the arts, in a big way. Art galleries, museums, monuments can all be found flourishing in this cosmopolitan city. In addition to these publically and privately funded works and institutions, there's also a thriving street art scene.
Sexy! (Click for larger image) An outgrowth of the grafitti that still appears everywhere, these works are done by talented artists and often convey an important political or social message. Enjoy these samples and see what you can find on your visit to Barcelona.
Feminist Art (Click for larger image) Tip: Look for street art in small parks or plazas around town, especially in the Gracia district. A few more, Click image to view larger version:

Note: You can't miss Barcelona's fabulous street art adorning many walls around the town. Colorful, irreverent, anarchic, these murals are a form of political and artistic expression for many Barcelonans.

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