Visiting museums, looking at art and drawing themselves can offer Ukrainian refugees a lot of distraction and comfort, they notice in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Rijks not only organizes guided tours and drawing activities on Sunday afternoons, but it also makes room for encounters between those who fled the violence of war in their homeland.
The afternoons are specially set up because of the influx of Ukrainians. Because of word of mouth they mainly attend these meetings, but other refugees are also welcome.
A Ukrainian-Russian tour guide and a Ukrainian course and workshop teacher have previously worked in the museum. A few Ukrainians are now also volunteering at the Rijksmuseum, especially in receiving and guiding compatriots. They were also active in a museum in Ukraine, according to a spokeswoman.
The visit to the museum is free for the refugees all week, upon presentation of a passport. The art temple already had more such opportunities for other refugees, thanks in part to sponsors. There is plenty of interest from Ukrainian quarters. All sixty places were allotted on Sundays, in March about two hundred refugees paid a separate visit, a number that had already been reached by mid-April.
More museums do something for the refugees from Ukraine. For example, the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem and Singer in Laren are free on presentation of a passport, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague, for example, placed free tickets for Ukrainians after the municipality asked the cultural institutions to make such a gesture. Singer also gives free art lessons to Ukrainian children who are housed in Laren and Blaricum.
The Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren gives all refugees free access. Those who stay nearby will receive an invitation for tours and activities.