Rijksmuseum – the largest art museum in Netherlands
Attractions | 08.11.2019
The Netherlands is one of the countries that had a huge impact on the global culture. Masterpieces of Dutch fine art can be seen in many museums around the world, and one of the most impressive collections is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
About Rijksmuseum
The museum was created in 1800 at the initiative of Napoleon Bonaparte's brother, Louis, who at that time was the king of the Netherlands. The museum was originally located in The Hague, but was soon transferred to Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum acquired its own building only in 1875, and before that the collection traveled over the capital's palaces.
The exposition is concentrated mainly around the Golden Age pieces of Dutch painting (15th-17th centuries): he works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Scorel and other old Dutch masters can be found here. The museum also exposes more contemporary art up to the present day. The exposition includes not only Dutch authors – paintings by El Greco, Rubens, Tintoretto are exhibited at the Rijksmuseum. There is a separate room for Asian art.
The museum is located in the center of Amsterdam; the nearest public transport stop is Rijksmuseum. You can also come here by metro taking a walk from Vijzelgracht Station.
There are many other attractions around the museum. A few steps from Rijksmuseum there are the Van Gogh Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Diamond Museum.

The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Do you know?
  • The main painting in the museum is "Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq" also known as "The Night Watch". This work is a whole collection of interesting facts and myths. The main paradox of the picture is that the watch depicted on it is not night, but day watch. In 1947, more than 300 years after its creation, the painting was reconstructed – it was cleaned from a centuries-old layer of soot. As a result, it was discovered that the soldiers entered the sunlit square at about 2 PM – you can tell this from the shadow of Captain Cocq's left hand.
Credit: Jasper 650D
  • In the history of the Netherlands, the 15th-17th centuries are not only the golden age of painting, but also the golden age of the Dutch fleet. In Rijksmuseum there is a separate sea room, where miniature models of ships are exhibited (Naval Ministry transferred them to the museum). All miniature pieces are made with attention to the smallest details and will interest even those visitors who are indifferent to marine romance.
  • A visit to Rijksmuseum does not end with the tour of the exhibits. The museum building is surrounded by a green park with an area of 14.5 square kilometers. After walking through the park, you can go to the Rijks restaurant. The restaurant is starred by Michelin and offers traditional dishes of the Benelux countries in a modern interpretation. An average check for lunch at the restaurant is 60 euros.
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