National treasures in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
As well as being a national treasure in its own right, the Rijksmuseum's internationally revered collection features some of the most famous national treasures in Amsterdam and the Netherlands, including historic art by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and perhaps most notably Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which takes pride of place in a beautifully lit hall allowing visitors to enjoy every tiny detail. Learn more about Rembrandt in Amsterdam.
Explore all sides of Dutch history
Visitors to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam can expect much more than just paintings by Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. The museum’s expansive, evocative collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artefacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history and many other culturally significant objects, all combining to vividly explore 800 years of Dutch history within a global context. And naturally, the collection isn’t frozen in time – new items arrive to represent modern times, too, such as a Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent dating from 1965. Get an insider's view of the museum with these top 10 highlights of the Rijksmuseum's collection.
A monumental building on Museumplein
The Rijksmuseum's present home on the city's Museumplein (Museum Square) was designed by renowned Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers – construction of the monumental building began in 1876 and it finally opened in 1885 as the largest museum in the Netherlands. Following 10 years of extensive restoration and renovation, the Rijksmuseum reopened in April 2013 to worldwide acclaim. And in 2014 the museum expanded yet further with the opening of the redeveloped Philips Wing, ensuring that the Rijksmuseum is one of the most modern 'old' museums in the world.
The serenity of the Rijksmuseum's garden
Beyond the art, artefacts and building, 2013 saw the Rijksmuseum’s garden freshly landscaped, making it an ideal spot to sit and relax amidst magnificent surroundings – you can take a stroll to browse its sculptures and greenery for free, open every day from 09:00-18:00. As well as its permanent features, the garden hosts temporary exhibitions of sculptural greats, such Miró and Alexander Calder. Such exhibitions typically take place from spring to autumn.
What's on in the Rijksmuseum
As well as a dazzling permanent collection that can take days to fully enjoy, the Rijksmuseum frequently hosts some of the biggest blockbuster exhibitions in Amsterdam.The museum also regularly hosts guided tours, lectures and other special events – check the Rijksmuseum website for the latest information about special activities. Or search I amsterdam to find out what's on in the Rijksmuseum today.
From 1 January 2018 a visit to the Rijksmuseum is included in the I amsterdam City Card.