The Rijksmuseum, which in English means ‘The State Museum’, has existed for more than two hundred years and today is still one of the most breathtaking museums in the world.

During its existence, the museum went through many transformations and remains now, especially after its complete renovation, the attraction you should not miss during your trip to the Netherlands.

History of the Rijksmuseum

It is in 1800, that The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum opened first its collection to the public as the Nationale Kunstgallerij (National Art Gallery). Since then, it moved several times before being established in Amsterdam (1808) by the decree of the King of the Netherlands Louis Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon. Named then the Royal Museum, received in 1815 from the Dutch King Willem I its present name. In 1885 Rijksmuseum moved to its beautiful building, designed by the Dutch architect Petrus J.H. Cuypers. It has been built in the then fashionable Dutch neo-Renaissance style, using historical neo-Gothic elements in it form and decoration.

9:00 to 17:00 daily, all days of the year: so the museum is also open on Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year’s day. The Rijksmuseum’s ticket desk closes at 16:30 The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijks Shop and Café are also open to visitors without a ticket from 9:00 to 18:00.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Postbus 74888
1070 DN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 20 6747 000

If you have an e-ticket, you do not have to go to the ticket counter.

The busiest hours are 11am-2pm. Plan your visit around these times to avoid the crowds.

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