Home to nearly one million objects, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. Designed by Pierre Cuypers and opened in 1885, the museum has become a city landmark with its combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles. Perhaps best known for its unrivalled collection of seventeenth-century Dutch Old Masters, The Rijksmuseum Netherlands counts 20 Rembrandts and many other highlights of the period as part of its treasures, including works by Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
The Rijksmuseum Netherlands draws more than one million visitors a year, and ranks as one of the major museums of Western European painting and decorative arts. More than 400 highlights from the Golden Age are on display, and the landscapes, seascapes, individual portraits, domestic scenes and Dutch still lifes offer a good overview of the Dutch Golden Age, the period in Dutch history roughly spanning the seventeenth century, when the country’s trade, science and art were some of the best regarded in the world.
Originally founded in The Hague as the National Art Gallery in 1800, as a place to exhibit the collections of the Dutch heads of state, the museum was moved to Amsterdam in 1808 by order of King Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. It was renamed The Rijksmuseum Netherlands and the paintings then owned by the city, such as the revered Rembrandt masterpiece, The Night Watch, became a permanent part of the museum’s collection.
Located on the scenic Museumplein, near the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, the building houses a stunning array of art and artefacts including paintings from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, photography, sculpture and decorative arts such as furniture, jewellery, earthenware, glassware, porcelain, costumes, textiles, silver and Delft Blue pottery.
The largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands.
The Museumplein in Amsterdam.
An impressive collection of seventeenth-century Dutch masters, 20 Rembrandts and works by Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.