After ten years of renovation, visitors can once again (since April 2013) visit this famous art museum. The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands and boasts the most complete collection of Dutch paintings from the 15th to 19th century. But the real focus is on the work of the 17th century Dutch Masters of the Golden Age – including The Night Watch (1642).
The museum first opened in 1800 under the name Nationale Kunstgalerij. At that time, it was housed in Huis ten Bosch in The Hague. It wasn’t until 1808 that it moved to Amsterdam. The first purchase for the museum was “The Swan” by Jan Asselijn. The painting, which is still in the museum’s collection today, cost 100 Dutch Guilders.
The museum is on many visitor’s to-do list so queueing is not unusual. Buying your tickets online or visiting after 3pm can help, but it is no guarantee. Don’t miss the Delftware pottery collection and if you doubted whether to bring children or not, you will be happy to know that the museum is excellent for children.