I visited the Rijksmuseum with my son last Monday. His verdict: “Mooi”, which is Dutch for beautiful and toddler speak for everything that stands out in a good or fun way. My verdict: I’ve been to the Rijksmuseum many times, mostly in (semi-)professional capacity. Only two weeks ago I ran a workshop in one of their wonderful rooms. I’ve interviewed countless of their staff to understand the organisation, taken foreign friends, hung out in their garden (also with my son), and whenever possible cycled through their building. It’s one of my all-time favourite institutions and they keep amazing me. Obviously, they also did when I visited with my son.
An almost two-year old isn’t especially the classical museum audience. They don’t read labels, barge from room to room until they see something they like, are rather small and noisy and like to touch things. In many ways, toddlers are the ideal museum visitor, genuinely touched by everything they see and all the effort that’s been put into making the museum a special place. The guards at the Rijksmuseum seemed to understand this and encouraged my son’s behaviour, and he encouraged me to behave in the same way. I never had so much fun in a museum. Continue ReadingRead More »