Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (must see)

Standing tall on the Museumplein in Amsterdam is one of the most renowned museums not only in the Netherlands but the entire world. The Rijksmuseum is known to have over a million pieces of artifacts and art pieces that comprise most of its permanent collection.

Founded in the 1800s, the birthplace of Rijksmuseum which was initially called the National Art gallery was The Hague. It was later moved to Amsterdam on the commands of Louis Bonapart, the King of Holland. On its arrival in Amsterdam, it was named the Royal Museum and it was not until 1885 that the Rijksmuseum shifted to its current location, the beautiful Dutch Neo-Renaissance building.

The unique blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture on the Rijksmuseum structure was brought about by architect Pierre Cuypers. The resultant building was not only handsome looking but was also quite huge. This was done with the sole purpose of fitting the entire collection brought from The Hague.

The Rijksmuseum has a massive collection of art, history, and manuscripts that date back to the 17th century. The museum is a must-see if you want to stare in awe at Rembrandt’s works, as well as other renowned artists like Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals.

Why You Should Visit:
The place where the Art from your Art classes and books comes to life.

Tip:
Look until you drop, then take a break from all the art and artefacts in the excellent atrium café and get ready to do another wing.
Consider buying your ticket online (it is valid for one year and will save you a long queue).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Rijksmuseum
Sight Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museum Quarter Walk  

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

The Western Canal Belt is one of the most scenic parts of Amsterdam, it is where the web of historic canals is most tranquil. Various attractions are found here, from tiny shops and cafes to churches, museums and galleries. Take this tour and see the best sites of the Western Canal Belt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Old Center Museums Walk

Old Center Museums Walk

Amsterdam is home to more than 50 museums and galleries reflecting the city's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of visitors. This self-guided tour is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the most attractive museums located in Amsterdam's Old Center, such as the Maritime Museum and the NEMO science center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Churches Walking Tour

Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's numerous churches are an unique example of architectural diversity. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in the architectural and historic aspects, Amsterdam will not disappoint. Take this tour to visit the most important religious sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Old Center Gay Nightlife

Old Center Gay Nightlife

Amsterdam is second to none when it comes to tolerance and respect for individual uniqueness. This intimate city is an iconic gay destination and offers a wide range of gay bars and clubs. Follow this tour to visit some of the best rated gay venues in Amsterdam's Old Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. It is famous for its unusual life rhythm manifested in the air of cannabis, coffee shops, the Red Light District and many other elements that keep drawing in people from the whole world all year round. Here are some suggestions on the top-rated tourist attractions of this extraordinary city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Plantage Walking Tour

Plantage Walking Tour

Plantage is a neighborhood of Amsterdam, located in the Centrum district. It dates back to the 1600s and has been throughout the centuries a place of rest and entertainment. It is one of the greenest neighborhoods in Amsterdam, in part thanks to the fact that is home to the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, and the Artis Zoo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

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