The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. We tell the story of 800 years of Dutch history from 1200 to the present. In addition, we organize several exhibitions a year from our own collection and with (inter)national loans.
One of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions – and certainly its most important art repository – the Rijksmuseum (National Museum) was founded in 1798 to house the country’s huge collection of rare art and antiquities. The museum’s impressive collection includes a million cultural artifacts dating from the 13th century to the modern day, among them more than 8,000 important paintings spread across 250 rooms of this sprawling building. In addition to its paintings, the Rijksmuseum boasts a well-stocked library of more than 35,000 books and manuscripts, as well as numerous fascinating displays dealing with the development of art and culture in the Netherlands.
Occupying the northeastern section of the Museum Square, the Rijksmuseum is arguably the most important of the nation’s arts and history museums. The total collection numbers more than one million artifacts dating from the 13th century onward. For decades, the collection was housed in buildings all over the country until 1876, when the architect Pierre Cuypers won a design contest and the construction of the Rijksmuseum began.
You could spend many days visiting the 80 galleries at the Rijksmuseum, arguably the most popular and prominent museum in the Netherlands. The huge collection contains many masterpieces, including works by Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh, but also everything from ship models and swords to Delftware and dollhouses. The museum is also home to a free sculpture garden and a Michelin-star restaurant, RIJKS. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. Its collection, which ranks among the world’s finest, includes nearly 8,000 pieces spread over 80 galleries. Some of the Rijksmuseum’s most revered works are 15th- to 19th-century paintings by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals.
The gigantic Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam’s most popular attraction. With over 5,000 paintings, this museum tells the story of 800 years of Dutch history, including the 17th century, also known as the Dutch Golden Age. Witness world-famous paintings such as Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ and Johannes Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’.