Designed by PJH Cuypers and opened in 1885, the Rijksmuseum holds the country's largest collection of art and artefacts, including 40 Rembrandts and four Vermeers. After a decade-long closure, it's currently basking in the favourable response to a multimillion Euro facelift at the capable hands of Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz. The collection was started when William V began to acquire pieces just for the hell of it, and has been growing ever since: it includes Dutch paintings from the 15th century until 1900, as well as decorative and Asian art, which has its own newly-build pavilion. But the biggest draw is the collection of Golden Age jewels such as Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer's Kitchen Maid and Woman Reading a Letter, plus a selection from the likes of Frans Hals, Jacob de Wit and Ferdinand Bol. There's also be a wealth of decorative arts on display, including 17th-century furniture and intricate silver and porcelain, 17th- and early 18th-century dolls' houses, plus furnishings to give a glimpse of how the interiors of canal houses looked. Eighteenth- and 19th-century paintings, art objects from Asia, statues, lacquer work, paintings, ceramics, jewellery, weaponry and the textile and costume collection are also visible; the accessible garden, filled with Golden Age gateways and architectural fragments on the west side, is an oasis of rest once you've had your fill.
|Opening hours:||Open 9am-5pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tram 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12|
|Price:||Admission €15; free-7.50 reductions.|
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You probably won't get lost in the Rijksmuseum, but you'll at least get a little disoriented during your first visit. Collecting painting my famed Dutch artists (including Van Gogh, the subject of another nearby museum) and works from all over the world, the collection here is varied enough to keep you interested as you explore each gallery. Make sure to see the stained glass windows on the second floor and stop by one of the cafés for a cup of coffee.
It's Summer and it is very busy today. However, most people are staying away because of the rain. This was perfect, definitely check out the museum and have a great tasting cup of coffee, it's the best here.