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The Rijksmuseum is a fascinating place where visitors can see familiar famous masterpieces among the extensive collection of art and historical objects that chart the development of The Netherlands through the past 900 years. With over one million pieces in the collection, filling and incredible 200 rooms, art enthusiasts will be in their element.
The Rijksmuseum was originally founded in 1800 as the National Art Gallery in The Hague. In 1885, the museum was moved to its current location, as more room was needed for the continuously expanding collection. The building that houses the collection is a masterpiece in its own right. It was designed by the celebrated Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, who drew inspiration from Gothic and Renaissance styles. Following a recent decade-long renovation project, the Main Hall has been restored to its full glory. As you step into this palatial space, the first things you’ll notice are the colourful stained-glass windows, the ornately-decorated vaulted ceiling and the intricate design of the mosaic-tiled floor.
The collections are grouped according to period and artistic movement, from the medieval and Renaissance era characterised by religious iconography, through to the 20th century, showcasing the best in modern art and design. The museum’s extensive collection of Dutch Golden Age art is staggering. You’ll need around half a day just to explore this collection alone. The undoubted highlight has to be Rembrandt’s celebrated masterpiece “The Night Watch” that hangs alone in its own specially-designed gallery room.
The museum also boasts a fascinating art collection from the Far East. Based in the newly-constructed Asian Pavilion, this collection spans around 4,000 years of history. Explore the paintings, prints and sculptures that are displayed alongside delicate lacquer boxes, jewellery and porcelain.
The Rijksmuseum is open every day, apart from New Year’s Day. You can purchase tickets from the official website to avoid the queues. Situated between Stadhouderskade and Museumplein, it is easy to reach the museum by public transport, and the hop-on, hop-off canal tours stop directly in front. If you are driving, it is recommended to use the park-and-ride facilities at the edge of the city, as parking spaces are limited in the centre.
Located in Museum Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Concertgebouw. Diamond Museum Amsterdam is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Vijzelgracht Station is 15 minutes by foot and De Pijp Station is 18 minutes.
Located in Museum Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Heineken Experience and Amsterdam Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vijzelgracht Station is 14 minutes by foot and De Pijp Station is 16 minutes.
Located in Oud-Zuid, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Concertgebouw, Van Gogh Museum and Museum Square. Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein are also within 1 mile (2 km). Amsterdam Zuid Tram Station is 24 minutes by foot and Vijzelgracht Station is 25 minutes.
Located in Museum Quarter, this romantic hotel is steps away from Paradiso and Holland Casino. Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein are also within 5 minutes. Vijzelgracht Station is 8 minutes by foot and De Pijp Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this historic hotel is steps away from DeLaMar Theater, Leidseplein and Holland Casino. Paradiso and Melkweg are also within 5 minutes. Vijzelgracht Station is 11 minutes by foot and Rokin Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam East, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Amstel Business Park, Artis and Heineken Experience. Royal Theater Carre and RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre are also within 2 miles (3 km). Amsterdam Amstel Station is only a 3-minute walk and Spaklerweg Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from DeLaMar Theater, Leidseplein and Holland Casino. Paradiso and Melkweg are also within 5 minutes. Vijzelgracht Station is 12 minutes by foot and Rokin Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Berlage Stock Exchange (Beurs van Berlage) and Dam Square. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes. Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nieuwmarkt Station is 7 minutes.