The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in Art & History


Rijksmuseum IAmsterdam

The Rijksmuseum (English: National Museum) is the Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history. The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis.

The museum has a collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

Among the many masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum the following are highlights in the “Joy of Museums”:

  • Portrait of a Young Couple (1622) by Frans Hals
  • The Meagre Company (1633–37) by Frans Hals and Pieter Codde
  • The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt
  • The Milkmaid (c. 1657–58) by Johannes Vermeer
  • The Jewish Bride (c. 1667) by Rembrandt

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Essential Facts:

  • Name:               Rijksmuseum
  • Established:    1800
  • Collection:       1+ million objects
  • Type:               Arts and History Museum
  • Location:         Museumstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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