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27-February-2015

Spanish Masters in Amsterdam

The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.

Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.

A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.

NEMO Science Museum

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The biggest science centre in The Netherlands features four floors filled with the latest in hands-on exhibits. It’s of course aimed at children but inquisitive adults will enjoy themselves immensely as well. Whether it’s blowing giant bubbles, discovering the origins of life, wandering though the human brain or saving the planet, you will come out refreshed and invigorated and will look at the world with different eyes.

Impressive architecture by the Italian Renzo Piano. Is it a boat? Is it a ramp? Is it a mirrored tunnel? No! it's a science museum!

Explore and discover with one of the many hands on attractions.

The most spectacular roof in the whole of Amsterdam; stunning views, spectacular water features and great lounge chairs.

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Enjoy the view form the roof, it’s definitely the best in Amsterdam and offers a water playground to cool of all that energy.

The blowing of giant bubbles has been one of the top attractions in Amsterdam for years. (And yes, that' s including adults!)