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Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites




Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum 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.

The Rijksmuseum is the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. In addition to centuries of Dutch art and history, the museum has significant outdoor gardens and a superb restaurant.

Highlights of the Rijksmuseum

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Tips for the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is located in Museum Square to the south of the city. It is accessible via tram and nearby museums include the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. The museum is open of the year, however, during the busy summer months a skip-the-line ticket may save you a long line and waiting time. Other suggestions and tips include:

  • Flash photography, selfie sticks and videos are not allowed.
  • Use the free Wi-Fi to connect with Joy of Museums for details on the museum’s masterpieces.
  • Expect to spend at least half a day to cover the museum’s extensive collection.


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

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