One million works of art. One million! Including the enormous The Night Watch, one of the most famous paintings in history, and works of renowned Dutch painters like Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. Of this vast collection, nearly 10.000 items are on display at one time. Where? At The Rijksmuseum ofcourse!
The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museumplein (‘museum square’) in the city center. The Rijksmuseum has been beautifully remodeled recently. The restauration works have lasted over two years, but the end result is stunning. The Museum is 12.000 square feet and attracts over 2 million visitors each year
The Rijksmuseum is the country’s national museum. It is over 125 years old and features work of all famous Dutch painters. All? Well, except Vincent Van Gogh, but he has his own museum right next door. With the addition of the Stedelijk Museum, which is dedicated to the history of Amsterdam, the Museumplein is a place where you can easily spend an entire day.
Tips & Tricks
- Budget several hours for this Museum alone; The Rijksmuseum is worthwhile to spend your afternoon and there are a lot of nice restaurants nearby;
- Don’t let the big crowd deter you – this is a very large museum, with a 1,5 kilometers long walking route;
- Still too crowded for you? The crowds get a lot smaller late in the afternoon;
- Get your tickets in advance! Let me book your tickets for you, so you don’t have to stand in line very long;
- The Rijksmuseum has its own (and very useful) app! Download it as you prepare for your trip.
- There are several guided tours, lasting from 45 to 90 mins. One will just show you the highlights, one focusses on Rembrandt and one is dedicated to the magnificent building itself.
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