The Rijksmuseum is the largest national Dutch museum dedicated to the history of the arts in the Netherlands, with a focus on Dutch history during the Golden Age period (17th-18th century).
The Rijksmuseum is perhaps best known as the home of the iconic Night Watch "Nachtwacht" painting by Rembrandt, which is still exhibited there.
Being the largest art museum in the Netherlands, there are more than 8,000 other objects on display, among which some masterpieces by the famous Dutch master painters Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Although it originated in The Hague, the Rijksmuseum was opened to the general public at its current location in 1885.
The museum is located at the Museum Square near the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. The building was designed by architect P.J.H. Cuypers who also designed the Amsterdam Central Station.
Gallery of honour
The Gallery of Honour is an extended corridor directed towards a clear focal point: the Night Watch Gallery. On view in the side alcoves are masterpieces by the great artists of the seventeenth century.
In the Philips Wing the Rijksmuseum organizes exhibitions with art from its own collection and art on loan from international and national collections.
The Asian Pavilion houses a rich collection of Asian art brought together from China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Thailand.
Other permanent and temporary exhibitions in the museum range from religious medieval art to industrial design of the twentieth century.