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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

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The Rijksmuseum is located in the heart of Amsterdam, on Museumplein, along with other famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.

The building is a masterpiece in itself and was designed by the famous architect Pierre Cuypers. The museum opened its doors for the first time in 1885, an extensive renovation was completed in 2013.

The Rijksmuseum houses an extensive collection of arts and crafts, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and much more.

It is best known for its collection of Dutch masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, including works by famous artists such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.

Tickets for the Rijksmuseum

As for tickets, it is recommended to pre-purchase them online to avoid long queues at the entrance. A standard entrance ticket for adults costs around €25, while children and young people under 18 years of age are admitted free of charge.

There are also discounted tickets for students and seniors. If you plan to visit several museums in Amsterdam, it may be worth considering purchasing a Museumkaart or I Amsterdam City Card, which provides discounts and free entry to many museums and attractions in the city.

To get to the Rijksmuseum, you can make use of Amsterdam's excellent public transportation system. Tram lines 2, 5, 12 and 16 stop near the museum at the 'Rijksmuseum' stop.

Alternatively, you can rent a bike and get there the most Dutch way - on two wheels!

Guided tours

The tour takes about 90 minutes and is available in several languages, including English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish.

There are also special tours for families and school groups, as well as tours that focus on specific themes, such as Dutch art in the Golden Age.

For those interested in a more interactive experience, there are also opportunities to attend workshops and lectures on art and art history.

These events take place regularly and are designed to engage both adults and children in the fascinating world of art.

Workshops can range from painting and sculpture to photography and graphic design.

The museum garden

When visiting the Rijksmuseum, don't miss the beautiful museum garden, which is open to the public and offers a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city.

Filled with sculptures, flowers and beautiful plants, the garden is a perfect place to take a break and relax after exploring the museum's rich collections.

For the hungry visitor, there are several food and drink options inside the museum. The Rijks café and restaurant offers a selection of delicious dishes and refreshments, including traditional Dutch specialties and international cuisine.

You can also have a coffee in the charming coffee bar.

The night watchman

One of the most famous paintings in the museum is Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch'. It's a huge painting depicting a group of burghers led by Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch.

The painting is known for its detail and for creating a sense of movement and life. It is a must-see when visiting the Rijksmuseum.

The milkmaid

Another famous work in the museum is Johannes Vermeer's 'The Milkmaid'. It is a small painting depicting a young woman pouring milk from a jug into a bowl.

Vermeer's use of light and color is outstanding and gives the painting an almost three-dimensional quality. Other works by Vermeer in the collection include 'The Love Letter' and 'The Little Street'.

For art lovers and culture enthusiasts

Undoubtedly one of Amsterdam's most iconic and beloved attractions, the Rijksmuseum is an absolute must for all art lovers and cultured visitors.

With its impressive collection of masterpieces and its beautiful location in the heart of the city, it is an experience that you will remember long after you have left the museum.

So be sure to put the Rijksmuseum at the top of your list of places to visit when planning your trip to Amsterdam - you won't be disappointed!

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