The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam


The Rijksmuseum is the principal national museum in Holland. It illustrates the art and history of Holland from the Middle Ages to the present. World-famous highlights from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, can be admired at the Rijksmuseum

  • The entirely renovated Rijksmuseum is a must-see when you visit Amsterdam.
  • Discover famous works from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch.
  • 8,000 objects in 80 rooms tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.

Festive reopening in 2013

After ten years of year conversion, renovation and restauration, the Rijksmuseum reopened its doors to the public on 13 April 2013. For the first time in history, the museum had undergone a total transformation that covered both the historic building and the collection’s presentation.

The Rijksmuseum’s world-famous collection is now presented in an entirely new way. Visitors are invited to travel through time and experience a sense of beauty whilst realising the impact of time. 8,000 objects in 80 rooms tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.

Must-see works

The Rijksmuseum’s collection illustrates the history of Holland, from the Middle Ages to the present. It showcases art and history in an international context. Some works you should definitely see include:

  1. Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn most well-known painting that is famous throughout the world.
  2. The museum’s Gallery of Honour in which paintings from great masters are displayed, including Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Even if you have only little time to spare for a visit, this is where you can see the best of the Golden Age in one place.
  3. Discover life in the Golden Age by exploring the centuries-old doll’s houses, the oldest of which dates from 1676.
  4. A gorgeous collection of Delft Blue pottery ranging from tea sets to vases.
  5. The Cuypersbibliotheek is the biggest and oldest art history library in Holland. A far-reaching renovation has restored the space to its original grandeur.

New exhibition wing

The fully renovated exhibition wing at the Rijksmuseum was inaugurated on 1 November 2014. The museum organises several exhibitions in the Philips Wing every year, showcasing works from its own collection as well as (inter)national loans.

Exhibition: Late Rembrandt

The Late Rembrandt exhibition will be open from 12 February through 17 May 2015. The museum will display over 90 masterpieces by the internationally renowned artist Rembrandt van Rijn at the apogee of his immense talent. Discover Rembrandt in the city in which he lived and worked!

Visit the Rijksmuseum

Whether you are planning a short or a longer stay in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum is a must-see. It is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00. The museum’s ticket desk closes at 16:30.

Tip: Plan your visit to the Rijksmuseum before 10:00 or after 15:00, when it is least crowded.

Food & beverages

The Rijksmuseum Garden, Rijksshop and Café are accessible even without tickets from 9:00 to 18:00. Would you like to combine your visit with lunch or dinner? RIJKS® is the Rijksmuseum’s restaurant open daily from 11:30 to 23:00. Go to for information and reservations.

Tours and activities

The Rijksmuseum offers many tours, activities and exhibitions for both adults and children! For more information on the museum and its schedule, please visit