Normally, the adult ticket price for the Groninger Museum is 13 Euros (outrageous, in my humble opinion...), so you can imagine I was chuffed to be getting around that. The museum building is a work of art in itself (if you like modern architecture [which I don't] and that sort of thing). I think it is a multicoloured monstrosity, but there we are.
|The Groninger Museum|
I gladly escaped to the Groningen history time line. They had a bit of the undercarriage of a Canadian tank from WWII which was fairly interesting, coins, an old bit of wood, a beautiful lace picture, and a clever recreation of the city from clothes. (See photo)
We saved the best for last, however. The thing I like about Dutch museums (certainly not the entry fees) is that they always have a good smattering of the Dutch Masters. These are men like Johannes Vermeer, Jan van Goyen, Rembrandt; I adore them. I like even more however, one chap called Aelbert Cuyp, (the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge has a lovely collection of his work), because in nearly every painting he has managed to include a cow!
The Dutch Masters also are awfully good at seascapes, which are paintings I could stare at for hours. So, in the Groninger museum, I raced through the Portrait gallery and found myself in front of some lovely van Goyens, drawings by Cuyp, and some others I'd not heard of before.
|1 Euro - Museum Weekend|
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning! (I still wouldn't happily pay 13 Euros for it though...). Three cheers for Museum Weekend!