I managed to fit in visits to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum and in doing so worked out some strategies for maximising enjoyment and minimising engagement with the crowds. In both cases I was there ready and waiting as they opened. In the Rijksmusem I should have gone straight to the NightWatch - but didn’t think of that - so hit it as the hundreds of school kids did. No matter - I did have quiet enjoyment of the 17th century rooms - where it felt like I was stepping into the pages of the Miniaturist.
All in all a short but interesting break. Amsterdam is such an easy city to get around on foot or - if, as in my case, you're unlucky and the heavens open - on the excellent trams.