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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

All there is to see at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam can be found here.

In 2013, the completely renewed Rijksmuseum Amsterdam reopened its doors to the public. The museum is one of the 16 Rijks museums in The Netherlands. The collection presents an overview of the Dutch art and history with, among others, pieces by Dutch artists from the 17th century such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals. In the Rijksmuseum, art and history become meaningful to a broad-based audience. Besides the standard collection, the museum also presents continuously changing exhibitions, so be sure to check out more of the museum here.

History

In 1800, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam officially opened its doors. Not as Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, but as the Nationale Kunstgalerij (National Artgallery). The collection included primarily paintings and historical objects. Back then, the museum was not located in Amsterdam but in Huis ten Bosch in The Hague. In 1809, the museum moved to Amsterdam where it settled in the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. The current building was occupied in 1885. The in The Hague established Nederlandsch Museum voor Geschiedenis en Kunst (Dutch Museum for History and Art) also moved here. This place would later become the foundation for the departments of Dutch History and Sculpture & Applied Arts department.

Pierre Cuypers

The current building where the Rijksmuseum resides was designed by architect Pierre Cuypers and was opened in 1885. The entrance is on the ground floor, followed by the Gallery of Honour on the first floor. There is also a library in the building. In the Philips wing you can find the history of architecture in the Netherlands. Pierre Cuypers was a Dutch architect, he is especially known for Amsterdam Central Station (1881-1889) and for the Rijksmuseum (1876-1885). But he also designed more than a hundred churches with French influences. He also restored a number of monuments. But from 1870 Cuypers’ style became influenced by Gothic styles, he also experimented with non-conventional layouts, such as centralized ground-plans.

The origin of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam dates back to the end of the 18th century. On November 19th 1798, about three years after the founding of the Batavian Republic, the government decided to accept Isaac Gogels proposal and followed the French example of starting a national museum. In this national museum, the first leftovers of the viceregal collections were included, along with various objects that came from state institutions. On May 31st 1800, the National Gallery officially opened its doors. The first purchase, The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn, was sold for 100 Dutch guilder, and it’s still one of the best pieces in the Rijksmuseum.

 

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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 6747 000

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