More than 800 years of Dutch history can be found in the most visited museum in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum. The museum presents some of the best art pieces from famous Dutch artists. The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague and moved to Amsterdam in 1808. Over 8000 objects are on display in the Rijksmuseum, which makes it the largest art museum in the Netherlands. In 2003 the main building of the Rijksmuseum closed for a major renovation. It took ten years to complete the renovation during which old interior decorations were restored and the floors in the courtyards were removed. In April 2013 the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix and it’s more beautiful than ever before.
The Dutch Golden Age
The Rijksmuseum’s biggest attraction is The Night Watch. The actual name of the painting is Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq. This painting by Rembrandt is known to be an absolute masterpiece. Its massive size and use of light and shadow and perception of motion, makes this painting a must see for everybody. Walk through the Gallary of Honour and you’ll find the Night Watch at the end. Besides The Night Watch, the museum has an extensive collection of other paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Painters like Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals have paintings on display in the many galleries of the Rijksmuseum.
Book your Rijksmuseum tickets online now and get fast-track tickets. This means no waiting in line and enjoying your stay in Amsterdam to the fullest. If you are a real art fan and you also want to visit the Van Gogh Museum you can go on our guided Dutch Masters & Marvels tour. We also offer combination tickets with a discount! Enjoy for example a fantastic Amsterdam canal cruise after your visit to the museum. The Rijksmuseum is centrally located in the heart of Amsterdam on the Museum square. The museum is close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Concertgebouw. Book your tickets now and enjoy a fantastic, relaxing day in the Rijksmuseum!