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The Rijksmuseum In Amsterdam- Everything you need to know

By Dwaraka - May 23, 2020
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is arguably the grandest museum of Netherlands housing staggering artworks and artefacts collections showcasing the beginnings of Amsterdam Golden Age by the Dutch masters and recent artistic innovations. The Rijksmuseum museums contain 80 galleries with 8000 objects on display. Well, there’s never enough time to view all the treasures of the Rijksmuseum. Read on to learn more about the museum and a few tips to visit the museum. 

Rijks Museum
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Brief History of the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum building was completed and opened in 1885 offering space to 224 pieces. During the beginning of the Second World War, a large number of the art collection was brought to safety vaults situated in the underground passages in Maastricht located in South of Netherlands. These artworks were displayed in Rijksmuseum when the war ended and when it was safe to display the pieces again. Through the years, the building has gone through multiple renovations but was realised it lacked modern facilities and capacity to be a highly ranked museum to welcome visitors from all over the world. The final restoration took almost a decade to restore the Rijksmuseum to its original style and reopened in 2013.

Rijksmuseum Collection

The Rijksmuseum exhibits more than 8000 pieces of art now with collections of the Dutch paintings from 1500s to 1900s resting the main focus on 17th Century known as the Dutch Golder Age. Apart from these paintings, there are replicas of the historical ships kept on display. Do check out the enchanting library spread wide across. You will surely be reminded of the Harry Potter movie

Rijksmuseum Library
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Must-sees

  • Night Watch, Rembrand Van Rijn’s is the most famou painting of the Rijksmuseum.
  • The Milk Maid by Johannes Vermeer
  • Collection of the Delft blue pottery from tea sets to vases
  • Gallery of Honour showcasing paintings of Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer
  • Dolls Houses providing a detailed view of the daily life in the 17th century
  • Cuypers Library, the biggest and oldest ar history library of Netherlands
  • Collections of musical instruments, porcelain, glass, a replica of ship models, armoury and silverwork
Night Watch, Rembran
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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Rembrandt

2019 is celebrated as the Year of Rembrandt and the Golden Age. The Rijksmuseum dived into their archives and resurfaced their complete collections from Rembrandt. This vast collection was showcased in the first half of 2019 conducting a Rembrandt themed event at the Rijksmuseum. 

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam tickets

Tickets to the Rijksmuseum can be purchased on the spot at the museum but to avoid long queues, you can save time by booking tickets online or purchasing at one of their shops in advance. These tickets will help you skip the line and soak in the amazing artworks at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Practical Information:

Opening hours: Open all days from 9:00 to 17:00 including Christmas day. 

Time blocks are for two hours to view the museum – 9 – 11, 11 – 13, 13 – 15 en 15 – 17h.

Prices

Adult: 20 euros, online – 19 euros
Free admission allowed for: Children up to 18 years, Museumkaart holders, I Amsterdam City Card, members of ICOM, ICOMOS, the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt), KOG, Stadspas, VVAK, BankGiro Lottery VIP-Card

PYT Tip:

Rijksmuseum is usually quieter before 11:00 and after 15:30. The quieter days are Tuesday and Wednesday

Now that you have got the vital information of the most important attraction of Amsterdam, what’s next? Get planning right away! Our travel consultants at Pickyoutrail will wow you further with useful information or you could even pick your favourite Amsterdam travel package and get it customised.

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