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The Rijksmuseum


The museum was founded in 1800 in The Hague to exhibit the collections of the Dutch stadtholders. It was inspired by French example. By then it was known as the National Art Gallery (Dutch: Nationale Kunst-Gallerij). In 1808 the museum moved to Amsterdam on the orders of king Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. The paintings owned by that city, such as The Night Watch by Rembrandt, became part of the collection.

Cuypers' building

In 1863 there was a design contest for a new building for the Rijksmuseum, but none of the submissions was considered to be of sufficient quality. Pierre Cuypers also participated in the contest and his submission reached the second place. In 1876 a new contest was held and this time Pierre Cuypers won. The design was a combination of gothic and renaissance elements. The construction began on October 1, 1876. On both the inside and the outside, the building was richly decorated with references to Dutch art history. Another contest was held for these decorations. The winners were B. van Hove and J.F. Vermeylen for the sculptures, G. Sturm for the tile tableaus and painting and W.F. Dixon for the stained glass. The museum was opened at its new location on July 13, 1885.[2]

The front of the museum is located at the Stadhouderskade, but on the other side it has a prominent position on the Museumplein, nowadays among the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.

In 1890 a fragment building was added to the Rijksmuseum. This building was made out of fragments of demolished buildings that together give an overview of the Dutch... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

While the restoration of the main building is underway, the Rijksmuseum displays the crème de la crème of its permanent collection in the newly furnished Philips Wing. Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.

Dutch Republic
World Power
Frans Hals
Rembrandt and his pupils
The later Rembrandt
Johannes Vermeer

3D interactive panorama's of the Philips Wing
Warm up for the The Masterpieces with our online presentation, or use it to round off your visit!

Explore the collection



This page offers an overview of all the current and upcoming exhibitions in the Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum.

The Masterpieces
While the restoration of the main building is underway, the Rijksmuseum displays the crème de la crème of its collection in the Philips Wing. 'The Masterpieces' offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.

Audio tour 'Jeroen Krabbé's favorites'

Especially in honour of Rembrandt 400, the famous actor, painter and director Jeroen Krabbé gives his personal view on Rembrandt. For hire in the foyer of the Rijksmuseum (€ 4,-).

Acquisition: photos taken by German soldiers in the Netherlands
On show in the Phillips Wing of the Rijksmuseum until 13 June 2007

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam has acquired eleven photo albums containing amateur photos taken by German soldiers during the occupation of the Netherlands (1940-1945). Dating from the early years of the war, most of the albums contain 'snaps' of the soldiers' daily lives. The albums not only depict such primary themes as the day-to-day army routine, outings with comrades and places of interest in the Netherlands, they also reflect the victor's perspective. The Rijksmuseum has also acquired a collection of over 200 individual photos taken by German soldiers in the Netherlands from a private owner. The museum intends to exhibit these albums and photos as part of its presentation of works from the 20th century following the reopening of the museum's main building.

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Low Life in the Golden Age
Exhibition at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiph...+ [ Read all ]


Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces
Adults: € 10,-
18 and under: free
New: buy your tickets online and print your own e-ticket! Click here to order individual tickets online (not yet possible for discounts).

Click here for online group reservations
Stadspas cardholders: € 8,-
Museumkaart cardholders, Rijksmuseum Schoolkaart cardholders, members of ICOM, ICOMOS, UNESCO, Vereniging Rembrandt, KOG, Vrienden van de Aziatische Kunst and Vrienden van het Rijksmuseum: free

Sorry, no student or senior discounts

Groups (of 15 or more): € 8,50 per person

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter, Jan Luijkenstraat 1.

Infocentre (The New Rijksmuseum)
Admission is free.

Library, Print Room and Reading Room
Admission is free.
Identification is required.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol
Admission is free. The museum is behind the passport control.

Opening hours

Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces

Every day from 9:00 to 18:00, on Fridays from 9:00 to 22:00

Closed 1 January

Please note: the museum ticket counter closes at 17:30 (on Fridays at 21:30)!

We regret that bags and suitcases larger than 55 x 35 x 25 cm are not allowed in the Museum.

Infocentre (The New Rijksmuseum)
Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00

Library, Print Room and Reading Room
Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00
Identification is required.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol
Every day from 07.00 to 20.00. The museum is behind the passport control.

Getting there

Public transport

For directions to Amsterdam from elsewhere in the Netherlands telephone the Public Transport information line, 0900-9292.

In Amsterdam:

From Central Station: tram 2 or 5 (to Hobbemastraat)
From Zuid/WTC Station: tram 5 (to Hobbemastraat)
From Sloterdijk Station: tram 12 (to Concertgebouw)
From Amstel Station: Metro to Weesperplein, from there tram 6, 7 or 10 (to Spiegelgracht)
From regional bus terminal on Marnixstraat: bus 26, 65, 66 or 170 (or a 10-minute walk)
You can also take the Canal Bus!

By car

From the Amsterdam ring-road, the A10: junction RAI (S109)
Follow signs to Centre until Stadhouderskade
Limited (paid) parking space is available in the vicinity, or in the secured underground car park beneath Museumplein, entrance opposite the Concertgebouw.

Please consult this map


Visitors in wheelchairs may use the entrance located next to the main entrance at Jan Luijkenstraat 1. All of the rooms in the museum are wheelchair accessible. The museum can provide wheelchairs. Please enquire at the entrance to the museum, or contact us in advance.

Museum shops

There are three Rijksmuseum shops: inside the museum on the first floor, outside on the Museumplein, and on the Rijksmuseum website (online shop

Also, passengers at Schiphol Airport who have a transit ticket can visit the shop at the Rijksmuseum annex located between the E and G piers.

Unfortunately, the museum does not have an eatery. Café Cobra on the Museumplein offers visitors who show their Rijksmuseum ticket a 15% discount on any item on the menu. Café Cobra is a 5-minute walk from the museum.

Library, Print Room and Reading Room (no ticket counter!)
Frans van Mierisstraat 92, Amsterdam
Office (no ticket counter!)
Hobbemastraat 20, Amsterdam

Frans van Mierisstraat 92, Amsterdam

Tunnel building, Q-Park coach garage entrance

If you have questions, complaints or comments about this website, the museum, the collection, or specific exhibitions, see faq or contact us

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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1. How much is the 'Night watch' worth?
2. What is so special about the 'Night watch'?
3. Wasn't the 'Night watch' damaged in the past?
4. Is Vermeer's 'Girl with a pearl earring' on display in the Rijksmuseum?
5. Does the Rijksmuseum have works by Jeroen Bosch and Pieter Brueghel?
6. Why is it that the Rijksmuseum collection features mainly Dutch painters, and only a few foreign artists? 7. The Philips Wing is much smaller than the Rijksmuseum's main building. Where are all the works being kept that do not fit in the Philips Wing?
8. What happened to the Rijksmuseum collection during the war?
9. When will the main building reopen, and what changes can be expected?
10. What is there for children to do in the Rijksmuseum?
11. Does the Rijksmuseum have a place to get a bite to eat?
12. Is the work of art that I own 'real'?

For answers to these and other questions you can also visit the Information Desk in the museum foyer.

1. There is no 'market' for a painting like the 'Night watch': it will never be sold. Therefore, it is impossible to attach a monetary value to this work. In 1642 the members of the civic guard paid Rembrandt approximately 1,600 Dutch guilders. The company was a municipal institution, which is why the 'Night watch' now belongs to the city of Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum has the painting on loan, and thus was not obliged to pay anything for it. More information on the 'Night watch'.

2. Rembrandt threw all the conventions regarding a group portrait out the window when he painted the 'Night watch': instead of posing, the guards are in action. They are not standing neatly in a row, either; they are mixed in wi...+ [ Read all ]


Exploring The Rijksmuseum

There is plenty to tell about the Rijksmuseum collection. All kinds of facilities are available at the museum to help visitors find out more about the collection: exhibit texts, publications, guided tours and the Audio Tour and the Rijksmuseum website. Most of the special educational products (see also the thumbnails on top of the page) concerning The Masterpieces are only in Dutch.

Groups can reserve a professional Rijksmuseum guide.

Possible topics:
Dutch painting from the Golden Age
Dutch History
Hidden meanings in paintings


Interesting and attractive visit

The Rijksmuseum provides a wide range of facilities to make the visit to the museum as interesting, attractive and informative as possible. The services provided by the museum range from texts, to Audio Tours, events (such as courses) and guides.

Read about the possibilities for groups in the Rijksmuseum:

Exhibit text

All the exhibits on permanent display are accompanied by a text board providing basic background information in Dutch and English. Some texts are more extensive for specific exhibits.

Information Desk

For answers to queries in the museum please ask at the Information Desk where staff are available to help you throughout the day.

Audio tour

The Audio tour provides information on a selection of the works of art in the Philips Wing. Available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin and Dutch. Price: € 4,-

Click below to hear audio samples!

The doll's house of Petronella Oortman

The 'Night watch' by Rembrandt [ Read all ]


Tours and searches
Tours for children

Exotic animals, exploratory expeditions, a dollhouse, The Feast of St Nicholas by Jan Steen: our tour guides have the most exciting stories to tell about these and other features of the museum, just for kids.

Click here for online group reservations

For more information: Events Agency, +31 20 6747191 (Monday-Friday, 9:30-12:30),

Tour prices:

€ 70,- for a tour of the highlights of the collection.

€ 80,- for a tour with a special theme.

Group size is limited to 15 children for each guide.
Join together in a search

Are you interested in visiting the museum with your children, grandchildren or cousins? Help make your visit fun for even the youngest member of your family by joining together in one of the searches.

The searches were created for children of various ages and with different interests, and can be purchased from the Information Desk for € 1,- a piece.
Join Gordon the Warden in looking for five of the Rijksmuseum's masterpieces (6-12 years)

This search leads you to a model ship, a doll's house, two portraits of powerful Amsterdam citizens, a fine mess by Jan Steen and Rembrandt's The Night Watch.

This search was created for children of 6-12, and can be purchased from the Information Desk for € 1,- a piece.+ [ Read all ]


The Rijksmuseum, an independent foundation

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum in the Netherlands, but it is not a government institution. It is an independent foundation that is responsible for approximately half of the proceeds on its own.

The Rijksmuseum would not even exist in its current incarnation without the help of private individuals and businesses. World-renown masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride and Vermeer’s The Little Street were acquired through donations.


As the national museum and with its internationally appealing collection, the Rijksmuseum is a sought-after partner in the corporate sector. Sponsoring offers interesting opportunities for communication and cooperative promotional activities. In addition, certain facilities are the exclusive domain of our sponsors. For instance, the privilege of dining in The Night Watch gallery is only available to Rijksmuseum sponsors. Read more about sponsoring.

The Rijksmuseum Fund Foundation supports the Rijksmuseum in the broadest sense of the word. Donations of any amount are supremely welcome; smaller amounts, too, can help make a purchase or restoration possible.

For larger amounts such as an endowment or estate, there are various possibilities that include setting up a named fund.

Donations to the Rijksmuseum Fund are tax deductible, and are also free of inheritance tax.

Read more about donating and bequeathing.

Venue hire

Dinners and receptions

Non-sponsors, too, may organise receptions and dinners in the Rijksmuseum, albeit to a limited extent.

Exclusive dining

The Rijksmuseum is one of the world's most prestigious museums. The collection – which includes masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals and other great names of the Golden Age – attracts more than a million visitors from all over the world every year. Now that the main building has been closed until 2009 for extensive renovation work, the Rijksmuseum is concentrated in the newly refurbished Philips Wing.

On a limited scale it is possible to hire a room for dinners and receptions. Our experience is that dining amidst the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age makes for an exceptional and unforgettable evening.

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