Yesterday we went with the tourists flow to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The famous" Nightwatch" of Rembrandt is almost impossible to watch without people in front of you. We had seen these paintings already long ago and moved on to other parts of museum to watch objects of our national history.
An armour of the knights from the Middle Ages.
A tea set to take with you on travels. I wondered what happens when you close the box, would the china survive it?
A beautiful engraved drink glass with a portrait.
There was even some fashion, I didn't remember the museum ever had.
But most touching were these hats found in 1980 on the skeletons of members of the crew of a dutch ship from the 16th century. They tried to find the North East passage to the Indies. However due to the sea ice, they stranded on the island of Nova Zembla and had to spend the winter in the "Safe House". Many didn't survive, they were not prepared to suffer the cold and as you see the thin wool hats, it breaks your heart.
In 1980 an archeologic expedition of the museum went to the "Safe House" where they found these well preserved hats at the skeletons.