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Rijksmuseum, Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum

Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum, Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch art and history and is located in Amsterdam. The museum is located on the Museum Square in the southern borough of Amsterdam, near the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Concertgebouw. The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague on 19 November 1798 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was housed first in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis. The current main building was designed by Pierre Kuypers and first opened in 1885. On 13 April 2013, after ten years of renovations, which cost €375 million, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix. In 2013 and 2014, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with record numbers of 2.2 million and 2.47 million visitors. It is also the largest art museum in the country. The museum displays 8,000 art and historical objects from their total collection of 1 million objects from 1200-2000, including some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. The museum also has a small Asian collection, which is displayed in the Asian Pavilion.

Rijksmuseum, Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Amsterdam

In 1795, the Batavian Republic was proclaimed. Finance Minister Isaac Gogel argued that a national museum, following the French example of The Louvre, would serve the national interest. On 19 November 1798, the government decided to found the museum.

On 31 May 1800, the National Art Gallery (Dutch: Nationale Kunst-Galerij) opened, the forerunner of the Rijksmuseum in Huis ten Bosch, The Hague. The museum displays around 200 paintings and historical objects from the collection of Dutch stadtholders.

Rijksmuseum, Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum building was designed by Pierre Kuypers and opened in 1885. It consists of two squares with an atrium in each center. The central axis has a tunnel with an entrance at ground level and Gallery of Honor on the first floor. The building also houses a library. The fragmented building, branded the Philips Wing, contains building fragments that show the architectural history of the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum has been a rijksmonument (national heritage site) since 1970[33] and was listed in the top 100 Dutch heritage sites in 1990. The Asian Pavilion was designed by Cruz y Ortiz and opened in 2013.

The Rijksmuseum has over 1 million objects in its collection and is dedicated to arts, crafts and history from 1200 to 2000. About 8,000 objects are currently on display in the museum. The collection includes over 2,000 paintings from the Dutch Golden Age by notable painters such as Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Rembrandt and Rembrandt's students. The museum also has a small Asian collection which is displayed in the Asian Pavilion.

Rijksmuseum, Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Amsterdam

Additional information of Rijksmuseum

Established: 19 November 1798

Location: Museumstraat 1 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Type: National museum, Art museum and History museum

Collection size: 1 million objects

Visitors: 2.20 million (2016)

                   2.35 million (2015)

                   2.47 million (2014)

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