The Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of the country, is my favourite place in Amsterdam.

Petrus Cuypers, the Dutch architect, designed the museum, in addition to the Amsterdam Central Station. The museum was inaugurated in 1885. Moreover, the building is made of brick and steel, and has undergone through several renovations. The last one lasted 10 years and has allowed its reopening in 2013, offering a new lay-out, a new entrance, the new Atrium and the construction of the Asian Pavilion, located in the gardens of the museum.

The museum houses art objects ranging from the year 1100 to the present day, an important collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, as well as Asian and Egyptian art. 

You should not miss:

  • The Cuypers Library, the oldest in the Netherlands.
  • The collection of dollhouses.
  • Vermeer‘s “The Milkmaid”.
  • Van Gogh‘s  self-portrait.
  • “In the month of July” by Paul Gabriel.
  • Rembrandt‘s “The Night Watch”.
  • “The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat of Amsterdam” by Breitner.
  • “Portrait of Don Ramón Satué” by Goya.
  • And “The Cheerful Drinker” by Hals.

Address Museumstraat 1

How to get there

  • Bus: 397, 288, Rijksmuseum stop
  • Underground: Vijzelgracht
  • Tram: 2, 5, 12, Rijksmuseum stop; 19, Spiegelgracht stop


Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


If the ticket is purchased online, you can avoid queuing and pay less money. Access is free for those under 18 years old. The ticket is included if you have the I Amsterdam City Card. The museum offers guided tours available in several languages. 


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