Every morning, residents of the historic center of Amsterdam see a huge line of people wanting to get to the
Rijksmuseum – the state art museum of the Netherlands. In the list of the hundred most visited museums in the world, it is in 19th place (for comparison, the Hermitage is in 13th place).
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam // Markus Würfel
King Louis Bonaparte of Holland - brother of Napoleon I - took part in the creation of the museum.
The museum’s collection wandered through various rooms until the present neo-Gothic building was erected in 1885. Since then, it has been rebuilt many times, for example, to display Rembrandt’s large-scale painting The Night Watch in 1906.
The most recent renovation was completed in 2013, and the Rijksmuseum is now so vast that it is impossible to see all of its treasures in one day.
The museum is a chronicle of Dutch history from 1100 to the present in a variety of works of art, ranging from fine china, plaster busts, antique furniture and works of famous artists.
The core of the art collection consists of paintings by Dutch artists – Rembrandt, Hals, Stein, Vermeer, but there are also works by other artists – El Greco, Van Dyck, Veronese, Goya, Rubens and Tintoretto.
The museum’s most famous pieces are displayed in three small rooms. Tourists from all over the world flock to the gallery of fame on the second floor to see Rembrandt’s famous “Night Watch”.
The painting belongs to the city of Amsterdam, and is in temporary storage at the Rijksmuseum. By the way, its real title sounds less romantic – “Performance of the Rifle Company of Captain Frans Banning Cock.” Rembrandt’s collection of paintings is quite large – 20 works – and second only to the Hermitage collection (26).
Through the museum you can ride a bicycle on the designed bicycle path.
Don’t miss the exhibition of dollhouses, the oldest of which was made in 1676. In this miniature town, it’s hard not to feel like a clumsy Gulliver. Interesting collections of Delft and Meissen, Chinese porcelain, a collection of ship models, exhibits from Asian countries.
Not far from the Rijksmuseum is the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Art Museum.
Address: Amsterdam, Museumstraat, 1.
Tel: +31 (20) 662-14-40
Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.
Buy museum ticket online.
Entrance: 20 EUR, under 18 years old free of charge.
Prices on the page are for December 2019.