Amsterdam > Rijksmuseum



The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. It is the most visited museum in the Netherlands. Find the best deal on skip the line tickets here! The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened its doors in 1885. On 13 April 2013, after a ten-year renovation which cost € 375 million, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix. In 2013 and 2014, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with record numbers of 2.2 million and 2.47 million visitors. It is also the largest art museum in the country. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The museum also has a small Asian collection, which is on display in the Asian pavilion.

The Night Watch

Nightwatch Rijksmuseum
The Night Watch by Rembrandt is the premier highlight of the Rijksmuseeum. It is one of the most famous paintings of the Dutch Golden Age.  

80 Galleries to do!

How large is the Rijksmuseum
Walking through the museums 80 galleries will put 1,8km on your walkameter - in other words the museum is not too large to do in a day!

The Milk Maid by Vermeer

Milk Maid by Vermeer
The Milk Maid is probably the second highlight of the Rijksmuseum. No-one knows when it was completed, but the artist Johannes Vermeer lived 1632-1675.

Most Visited Museum

Most visited museum in Amsterdam
In 2016, the Rijksmuseum was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with over 2,2 million visitors. It might be wise to buy skip-the-line tickets if you visit in summertime!

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