Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Committed to preserving and displaying the art and history of the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum holds masterpieces from some of the country's most prominent artists. This museum was founded in 1800 and moved to its current location in 1808. Since this time, it has acquired more than 1 million objects and artifacts, 8,000 of which are currently on display. Take a moment to notice the restored architecture of the museum before entering. Walk through 800 years of Dutch history, including an impressive collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age featuring the works of Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, and others. Walk down the Hall of Fame to the Night Watch room to view Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch." Enjoy the Asian collection and Asian Pavilion, built in 2013. Put Rijksmuseum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Amsterdam itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Like any Museum, has like so you can enjoy the content! Super cute and with such a wealth of content! Come back!
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Museum is beautiful, very organized. But, go with the time and inclination to walk, are several rooms with paintings, sculptures, artifacts etc, be sure to view the weapons on the other side of the entry. In addition to numerous weapons there are also various musical instruments. Important detail: wi-fi! < 3
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  • August 17, 2017
    I love this collection but we had to queue for tickets and it is quite expensive. Best to plan which pictures you want to see as the museum is huge.  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    This is a fantastic museum that deserves a considerable amount of hours to be fully explored. The collection of Dutch masters is the main attraction, especially "The Night Watch". However, visitors should try to spend some time admiring the many decorative pieces found throughout the museum. The craftsmanship of many of these items is extraordinary and well worth a deep examination. My only regret was spending only two hours at the Rijksmuseum. In my next visit to Amsterdam I will probably budget about four hours to explore the museum at a proper pace.
  • June 13, 2017
    This is definitely a must-see in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum (ray-sh museum) has quite the variety of collections from ancient Korean pottery to modern British watercolor. The real treasure, of course, is the collection of Nordic artifacts mostly relating to the history of Amsterdam. If you want to see how these waterlogged souls managed to build a noteworthy city, you'll be able to read all about it from the wealth of information here.
  • July 2, 2017
    Really enjoyed our visit here. Great collection and well presented. Enjoyed the free audio tour very much. I recommend you take your own earphones so you can use the app and no have to pay to hire a set.
  • May 30, 2017
    Fantastic experience! I didn't expect such a relaxing atmosphere (having considerable experience with visiting large museums). This was surprisingly pleasant day-long activity, with amazing collection and wonderfully helpful staff. A must for Amsterdam visit. Highly recommended!
  • June 27, 2017
    You need to allocate 1 day to spent in this Museum to fully appreciate the exhibit. The art pieces from Rembrandt is still in display (since 2015) and the other exhibits to fully explore. A library is here and a cafe is available for quick bite.

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