The Rijksmuseum has finally re-opened after being closed for 10 years! Come see the new space and admire the world famous artworks.
RIJKSMUSEUM AMSTERDAM ••• NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE NETHERLANDS
The stately building, originally opened in 1885 and designed by the same fellow who conceived of Amsterdam Central Station, is on the UNESCO heritage list. The refurbishment freshened up the already-impressive original structure and added a huge new bright entrance hall with a glass ceiling. The building itself is a work of art, follow the signage for the Cuypers Tour to learn more about the building and the architect.
Did you know that the Rijksmuseum is the only museum in the world that you can cycle through? The passage is the tunnel that goes beneath the museum and you can view the atrium entrance through big glass windows. During renovations it was planned to close the tunnel to through traffic but the locals protested and the bicycle tunnel was preserved. It is probably the most beautiful bicycle underpass on earth. Take a ride through it!
The museum owns more than a million works of art, many of which are by Dutch 17th century masters. Works like Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, Rembrandt’s Night Watch, and Van Gogh’s self portrait are some of the more famous paintings. The museum also has a vast array of objects and art works from other periods that shed light on 800 years of Dutch history.
The new layout of the museum presents the visitor with the story of art from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.
Helpful hints for the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam:
- Lines for the Rijksmuseum can be long, especially in the summer months. To avoid some of the queue, buy your ticket online or get a Museumcard or Museumplein ticket.
- Before you go, download the Rijksmuseum app (available for Apple and Android) for guided tours.
- Combine a visit to the museum with a canal cruise for an immersion in art-history. See where Rembrandt finished his famous Night Watch, pass the real life golden bend depicted in Gerrit Berckheyde’s painting.
When you visit the Rijksmuseum, don’t miss the surrounding gardens. You can view the building’s exterior details, as well as sculptures in the garden by artists like Calder and Moore. We especially love the old greenhouse and the sandstone carvings that used to decorate the entrance to the city at what is now Nieuwmarkt. In the spring the gardens are colorful with blooming flowers.
Eat & Drink
Feeling hungry or thirsty when visiting the Rijksmuseum? Visit the cafe, espresso bars or the upscale Rijks restaurant (now with a terrace). For more tips be sure to check out our guide to places to eat and drink near Museumplein.
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
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