The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch arts and history. Their collection spans over 800 years of art history, in one of the most beautiful buildings of Amsterdam. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, 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 absolute highlight is Rembrandt’s Night Watch, one of the museum’s most famous (and largest!) paintings. Vermeer’s The Milkmaid is another iconic piece to be viewed here, and there are many other lesser-known but interesting and beautiful art works by famous Dutch painters. Some of the names of painters who have their work on display are Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan Steen.
One section of the museum is completely deidcated to weapons and ships. Next to models of ships It also displays the stern of the HMS Royal Charles which was captured in the Raid on the Medway, and the Hartog plate.
The Rijksmuseum is the most visited museum of The Netherlands and one of the twenty most visited museums in the world. The museum underwent a ten-year renovation between 2003 and 2013 which resulted in a more visitor-friendly, open and airy building.