High art and Dutch artifacts
The Rijksmuseum, also known as the Museum of the Netherlands, is over 200 years old and is dedicated to the art and history of both Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The world-famous art gallery has much to offer visitors with works by local luminaries such as Vincent van Gogh within its collection. The Rijksmuseum reopened at the beginning of 2013 following a 10-year and €375 million renovation. During its closure, select artworks in the Rijksmuseum permanent collection were on show at other Amsterdam sites.
The stunning and beautifully refurbished building displays around 8,000 of the 1 million objects of art and historic artifacts it currently holds within its vast collection. The museum contains 80 rooms and tells a story that spans across 800 years from the 1200s to the present day. Among the encyclopaedic collection of artists, masterpieces by renowned local artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer hang proudly as swarms of art lovers wander through to take a peek and admire famous artworks from the Dutch Golden Age.
While you’re here, look out for one of the museum’s main drawcards and one of the most famous paintings in the world, Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watchman’, which is owned by the Netherlands. The artwork has never been sold and has no estimate value, making it almost priceless. Other highlights within the space include ‘The Milkmaid’ by Vermeer and a ‘Self-portrait’ of Vincent van Gogh.
Rijksmuseum is open every day of the year between 9am and 5pm. Make your way to the museum from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station and take the train to Hobbemastraat station.
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