Theme Week Amsterdam – The Rijksmuseum

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Category/Kategorie: General, Museums, Exhibitions

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The Rijksmuseum (English: State Museum) is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. Rijksmuseum (about 20 current and former museums across The Netherlands) is the general name for a national museum in the Dutch language. When only “Rijksmuseum” is used, it usually refers to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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 current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and was originally opened in 1885, but was closed for renovation from 2003 to 2013. On 13 April 2013, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix after the ten-year renovation which cost € 375 million.

Research Library © Hajotthu/cc-by-3.0 © Georges Jansoone/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Nightwatch by Rembrandt/1642 © Mark Ahsmann/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Mark Ahsmann/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Research Library © Hajotthu/cc-by-3.0
The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The museum also has a small Asian collection which is on display in the Asian Pavilion.

The Rijksmuseum Research Library is part of the Rijksmuseum, and is the best and the largest public art history research library in The Netherlands. The museum says after the renovation, the museum’s capacity is 1.5 to 2.0 million visitors annually. After the reopening in 2013, the museum was visited by 1 million people in the first four and a half months.

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