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INFO The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum located on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. Originally founded in 1800 as the National Art Gallery, the museum’s main purpose was to exhibit collections of the Dutch stadtholders... ... read more

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Rijksmuseum - Museum in Amsterdam.

The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum located on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. Originally founded in 1800 as the National Art Gallery, the museum’s main purpose was to exhibit collections of the Dutch stadtholders. It moved a number of times before finally being established in Amsterdam in 1808.

The museum is noted for carrying a large collection of masterpiece paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. In addition, there is a vast collection of classic prints and drawings, several antique Dutch cultural objects, and a substantial collection of Asian art at the Rijksmuseum.

The building also houses the Rijksmuseum Research Library, the best and largest public art history research library in the Netherlands.

The collection of paintings at the Rijksmuseum includes famed works by Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, and Rembrandt.

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Nice experience, altho crowded!
Sille S. Sep 5, 2013
I went to Rijksmuseum on a rainy day and it was incredibly busy, also, because it was just re-opened. We were standing in a line about 10 minutes, when security guard was coming to us and saying, that we can use the elevator (we were there with our 8 month old baby). That was a nice surprise! Inside it took another 10 minutes to get the tickets to enter the Museum. We really liked the museum, altho, it took long time to stand in the elevator lines. I would have wanted to have a coffee and cake at the cafe in Rijksmuseum, but the line to get a place was way too long. In my opinion there could be more places in a cafe. It was easy to walk around with a trolly. I would like to go back there one day, when it is less busy (maybe outside touristic season and not during a rainy day) to have the full experience of the museum. The staff was professional and really helpful!
Rijksmuseum old but new
Patricia B. Jun 1, 2013
Funny that a museum, situated in an old building filled with old paintings can look so new. Having visited many times before it felt familiar but you could see the big change. Like when you come home and the furniture has been rearranged. I can't say if this big rennovation has changed the museum, Rembrandt still has the leading roll and I always find there is not enough information to accompany the paintings. If they would add a little more than the date and the obvious description of what you can see anyway, I would find it more interesting. The other thing Dutch people aren't really good as is crowds. When it's gets busier Dutch people get slower. It then takes longer to get rid of your coat, get into the museum and get a refreshment. Maybe they just need practice. My advice is to chose a day or time when the crowds stay away. Then you can feel the magic of the paintings as if they are there esspecially for you and enjoy a warm cup of coffee afterwards.
Horrific Lines, Tremendous Art
Christopher M. May 24, 2013
It took trips to the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum to reconcile myself with the fact that I am not a big fan of paintings. Being a history buff, even holding a degree in it, I have a strong appreciation for anything with historic value, and even many things that seemingly have no value at all. This allowed me to appreciate the paintings I was looking at in London and in Paris, but largely... I did not enjoy them. Then I went to Amsterdam, and it all changed. The star rating for the museum is a bit of a misnomer because the collection itself, over a million pieces from half a millennium ago to the modern day, it was a style of painting that I finally felt drawn to, and felt an emotional connection with. Except for the modern art section where there were some things that could only loosely be considered art, in my opinion. The low rating comes from the lines; given the popularity of the museum, one would think that they would be able to better coordinate large lines of people trying to enter the museum, but unfortunately, it is about as casual and unpredictable as Amsterdam itself. It became the job of the visitors to organize themselves into winding lines that curved and bent around the outside, with no coordination from museum staff, and only a very polite crowd kept chaos from sweeping the hundreds, if not thousands, of those who waited to get in. Many of the staff who allowed visitors through the doors were decidedly unhelpful, and some were event detrimental to my own group's progress. We had purchased tickets that allowed us to move to the front of the line, but our efforts to do so were rebuffed by guards who dismissed our tickets. When we finally got the doors, imagine the surprise when the young lady tasked with looking at tickets told us that we could have skipped the line and gone right in. Once inside, the crowds were even worse. The Rembrandt collection made the space around the Mona Lisa look empty, and it was a fight to even be able to see the few works by Van Gogh that were on display. However, it was mostly worth it to be able to catch glimpses of the masterpieces, and definitely worth it to get to less crowded sections of the museum that featured more magnificent art and hardly any crowds. If you can stand the wait, and if you can stand rubbing shoulders with people for however many hours it takes you to get through the museum, it is certainly worth the aggravation.
The Dutch Masters
cybil s. Apr 7, 2013
If you are a Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Ruisdael fan like myself, you will be in history buff heaven. If those names mean nothing to you, then you might consider the Van Gogh museum, or the red light district for tourist activities. If you like cool buildings its nice to stroll around in I suppose. This is the great collection and jewel of the Netherlands for the Dutch masters! And after many years of renovation, the others wings will finally be fully open later this month! Just in time for Queen's day! The last Queen's day that is....
Good for history buffs
Amster M. Dec 9, 2012
This is a massive museum, way bigger than Van Gogh or Amsterdam Historish, and it will take a while to get through it if you're big on the Dutch East India Company and Dutch history. If you're not very big on it than I guess it's just a nice building to walk around. Their relics are pretty impressive, and the Rembrandt collection holds the Nightwatch (not Night Guard) in a separate room all together. Beware that they take it up a few notches with Nightwatch on the corny level, but the museum overall has a classic beauty. It's been under renovation for ages, but now it's all opened up to the public. Walking around to Museumplein is a nice hangout spot afterwards.
Great collection but not much variety
Craig B. Dec 9, 2012
I would say that overall this was a great museum--expertly laid out, solid information, and very reasonably priced (especially since I had purchased a museumkaart)--but most of the art itself just wasn't really my cup of tea, if only for the reason that it all seemed to be much the same. The first room, which contained some very intricate models of Dutch naval ships, set me up to be very impressed with a scale and diversity of artwork that simply wasn't all there. There's a pretty interesting collection of Delftware and Delft-influenced Asian art, but the majority of the museum felt like portrait after portrait of wealthy Dutch noble families and businessmen in the same Golden Age style. It's well done, certainly, and not unpleasant to look at, but it all ran together after the first few portraits. There is of course the classic "The Night Guard," a massive painting that is given (and easily fills) a room of its own, and it is definitely worth checking out "The Milkmaid," but my favorite piece was probably the tapestry right after the gift shop, simply because it stood out as different from everything else. But if you're looking for greater variety, then the Stedelijk is only a stone's throw away and has enough modern art to spend a whole day perusing.
Huge Museum, worth a look
Jody P. Dec 3, 2012
I believe this is essentially the state museum of the Netherlands. It is huge and has tons and tons of amazing artwork. You could easily spend all day here if you are a lover of artwork. The museum has a lot in their permanent collections - mostly Dutch artists and, most notably, Rembrandt. The museum is really Dutch-centric and then, oddly enough, has a huge asian art collection. They are apparently really well-known for their research library and reading rooms, but I did not stop in to see those during my visit. Overall, it is a beautiful museum, one of the best that I saw in Amsterdam.
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