Give me any kind of extreme weather – either too hot, cold or wet and you’ll find me in a museum.
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (which I’ll agree is a bit of a mouthful) is a truly great museum.
If you walk around it the correct way (which I managed most of the time, but it was a little confusing), you’ll see that the art is exhibited in chronological order. Starting with beautiful works by Bruegel the Elder and Rembrandt, then following the development of Impressionism and Modernism in the paintings of Monet, Van Gogh and Mondriaan. The Surrealists are up next, with work from Dalí and Magritte. As you walk round, you’ll eventually end up in the contemporary art section, which was at times both excellent and a little frightening.
I don’t really know much about art. But I do know what I like and there are some really gorgeous pieces at Boijmans. A coffee and some yoghurt cake set me back a couple of Euros and I was there for HOURS. I mean literally, all day long. It was a little overwhelming at times, but there are plenty of places to rest up for a few minutes and take it all in.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are also several temporary exhibitions to check out and a selection of sculptures in the courtyard. Be aware that you can’t take coats and bags inside (even your handbag will need to go into the cloakroom), but they will give you a small transparent plastic bag for your phone, purse etc. if you don’t have enough pockets.