Rijksmuseum is a must see.

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Rijksmuseum is a must see

Amsterdam | Museum

Patrick | Thursday, April 29, 2018


Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Map: Rijksmuseum


Tel: +31 20 6747000
Web: Rijksmuseum.nl
Facebook: Rijksmuseum
Instagram: Rijksmuseum

Opening times

Daily from 9 am to 5 pm
To be sure check out their website

A bit of history on the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum, a must see when you visit Amsterdam. The world-famous museum opened its doors in 1800, not in Amsterdam but in The Hague. Acht years later it moved to Amsterdam. In 1885 it moved again, this time to the location where it still is. After a ten year renovation, the Rijksmuseum opened again in April 2013. Its a big museum with 80 galleries and 8000 objects. It will tell you the story of 800 years of Dutch history and art. Seeing it all will not be possible in one day. They say you at least need seven days for that. So make a plan.

It can be a busy place the Rijksmuseum

You will definitely not be the only one that wants to see the magnificent Dutch masterpieces and this stunning building. In the summer it can be jam-packed. So again make a plan. Buy your tickets online. Go early in the morning. Have a look at their website to see if there is a tour. Prepare and you will an excellent time there. Taking pictures in the museum is no problem at all. But a better way to get a high-quality image form your favourite painting is to have a look on the website. The Rijksmuseum encourages you to download their images and do whatever you want with it. So be creative! For example, make your unique phone case with the Night Watch on it.

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Here is the list I wanted to see in the Rijksmuseum.

  • The Atrium
  • Gallery of Honour
  • Night Watch Gallery
  • Cuypers Library
  • Dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Rijksmuseum Gardens

The Atrium

Entering the museum already put a smile on my face. The building is amazing. The main entrance hall is big, It just to be the interior courtyards. The roof of the atrium is from glass, and it has a polished Portuguese stone floor. So it never feels too crowded even if there are lots and lots of people. In the entrance hall, you can buy your tickets, find the cloakroom, toilets, a restaurant and of course a museum shop.

Gallery of Honour

The Gallery of Honour is a corridor with six galleries filled with masterpieces by the great artists of the seventeenth century. You can view paintings from Jan Havicksz. Steen, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals etc.

My favourite was The Threatened Swan, Jan Asselijn c. 1650. There is a lot of symbolism in the painting. The swan is protecting her nest against a dog. The white swan was thought to symbolise the Dutch statesman Johan de Witt protecting the country from its enemies.

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Night Watch Gallery

The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn is the most famous an important piece in The Rijksmuseum's collection. Rembrandt was the first to pain figures in a group portrait actually doing something. He used light to focus on details in the painting. There is so much going on you can look at it for ages.

Cuypers Library

The Cuypers Library is the largest and oldest art historical library in the Netherlands, and Harry Potter would be jealous of it. The books reach until the sealing. To get to the next floor, there are cast-iron spiral stairs. It's absolutely beautiful. If you want to delve deeper into the collection of the Rijksmuseum you are welcome to use the library.

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Dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman

The Rijksmuseum has three 17th-century dolls' houses of Petronella Oortman. These doll's houses were no toys; it was serious business in that time. All the peases in the doll's house were made precisely to scale. Made of the same materials as in a real home. Petronella commissioned cabinetmakers, glassblowers, silversmiths, basket-weavers and artists to furnish her doll's house. The order all the porcelain from China. This hobby was so expensive that she easily could have bought a real house at the canals of Amsterdam. But of course, she had that as well.

Temporary exhibition

The Rijksmuseum always has a temporary exhibition. I have seen a couple of them. Because the Rijksmuseum is so well known in the world, they can fill their galleries up with the most amazing art from all over the world. So if you want to see something special, don't skip the Temporary exhibition's. Below you can find out what is showing now and in the near future.

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Rijksmuseum Gardens

The Rijksmuseum’s gardens are an oasis of plants, flowers and trees. It's the most perfect place to grab a coffee from the little coffee corner and sit and relax in the many chairs that are available there. Watch the people stroll by and the kids getting wet in the fountain before you head out to your next destination in this fantastic city.

Facts about the Rijksmuseum

  • The building has 30000 square meters (323,000 square feet) of floor space, 12,000 square meters (130,000 square feet) is exhibition space.
  • 8000 objects are on display, the total collection of the museum is more than 1 million objects.
  • More than 2 million visitors every year.

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