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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
579 reviews
Dutch Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum Sep 27, 2014
The Rijksmuseum is one of the world's great art museums and a must-see for visitors to Amsterdam. We spent several hours here after our canal excursion. The museum is home to a comprehensive collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Era as well as other periods, including an Asian art collection. The museum was closed from 2003 to 2013 for a complete renovation.

The striking building immediately catches one's eye. It was designed by Pierre Cuypers in his signature combination of Renaissance and Gothic styles opened in 1885. Un unusual feature is the breezeway, known as the Passage, that connects Museumplein and Stadhouderskade through the middle of the building. The Passage of open to pedestrians and cyclists, but pedestrians must on guard for the speeding cyclists!

Upon entering via a covered atrium, visitors ascend to the Great Hall where stained glass windows depict characters from Dutch life. This leads to the Gallery of Honour, the display of Dutch Masters, including Hals, Vermeer, Rembrandt and others. At the far end is Rembrandt's masterpiece, The Night Watch.

Visitors can go in several directions from the Night Watch Gallery. We elected to see the decorative arts galleries. An interesting presentation is made on the influence of Chinese blue porcelain brought back by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) on the development of Delftware. We enjoyed lunch in the cafe overlooking the atrium.

Admission is 17.50 Euro. Photography is permitted. Free WiFi.

Highly Recommended.
Rijksmuseum: Main entrance.
Rijksmuseum: Atrium.
Rijksmuseum: Atrium.
Stained glass windows in the Great…
4 / 4 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
ik-ben-10eke says:
It is time for me to visit this museum once more. It has been toooo long ago.
Posted on: Sep 17, 2015
Cho says:
I was there many years ago. At that time I wasn't that interested in museums but came away quite impressed with it. I remember it being at or near Dam Square which is the city center of Amsterdam.
Posted on: Sep 15, 2015
Zagnut66 says:
What an amazing art collection.
Posted on: Sep 14, 2015
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Vlindeke Vlindeke
142 reviews
The reopened Rijksmuseum Apr 28, 2013
After a renovation of almost 9 years the Rijksmuseum was reopened by Queen Beatrix on April 13, 2013. Designed by architect Pierre Cuijpers, opened in the year 1885. The Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz were the leading architects of the renovation. You can read all about it on the website of the museum: www.rijksmuseum.nl. You can also find all kind of practical information about visiting the museum and great information about the collection at the website (which is in 11 languages).

In the Rijksmuseum you’ll find 800 years of Dutch history in 80 rooms. The most known masterpiece is ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt van Rijn. But there is must more to explore. The collection of the Rijksmuseum contains about 1,000,000 items, about 8,000 objects are on display. The building itself (outside and interior) are worth visiting!

The museum is opened on a daily base from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. The moment I write this (April 29, 2013) the museum is closed to the public, Queen Beatrix her farewell dinner will take place in the Rijksmuseum.

It is allowed to take photos (without flash) inside the museum. There’s much more to see as my photos will tell you…. and the photos on the website of the museum may be better!

The regular admission fee (for adults) is 15 euro. ‘Museumkaart’ and some other cards are valid (check the website).

Whenever you visit Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum should be on your ‘things to do’ list!
Rijksmuseum seen from Museumplein
Entrance (bicycle tunnel) at two s…
In line at Sunday morning before 9…
13 / 13 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
jeanh2 says:
Lovely pictures ... really whetted my appetite. In fact, I booked my tickets online earlier this evening ...
Posted on: May 10, 2013
Vlindeke says:
Thanks Vikram. Yes, finally reopened. It took a long time. Worth visiting!
Posted on: May 09, 2013
Vikram says:
Thank God it reopened finally! And belated congrats on the featured blog!
Posted on: May 09, 2013
WalterC WalterC
317 reviews
Dutch art from the Golden Age Mar 10, 2010
The Rijksmuseum focuses on Dutch art from the Golden Age, which was mostly in the 1600’s. At this time, Amsterdam was a commercial power, enjoying immense prosperity.

The museum has paintings from Dutch artists, like Rembrant, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen. With these paintings, they served as photographs of the time, capturing everyday life, as well as group portraits.

One thing of interest and unusual (at least to me, anyway), is a clock, with a screen where a person draws the hands, telling the time, with a marker. I guess it’s every minute, when it gets wiped clean and rewritten.

If you are a fan of art from this time period, then this place is definitely a must-see. For others like myself, who can appreciate art, I think it’s worth checking out.

Photographs are not allowed at all!
arch leading to entrance
entrance (and you can see some con…
museum building
1 / 1 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Larrys Larrys
29 reviews
Dutch Masters on Display Mar 14, 2009
A trip to Amsterdam is filled with memories of endless streams of bicycles, trams, canals, cars and pedestrians. The energy is both intoxicating and stimulating. If you find classical art soothing and relaxing then a trip to the Rijksmuseum may be just the experience you need to balance the energy and sooth the soul.

The Rijksmuseum, which means “state museum”, is located on the museumplein near Vondelpark. It features paintings from Dutch masters during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. There are over 1 million pieces of classical paintings and sculpture in their extensive collection. Artists like Rembrandt; Vermeer; Frans Hals and Jan Steen; have some of their best works on display. The famous Rembrandt piece “Night Watch” (1642) is a must see and captures the energy of the guard. This is a major tourist attraction for the city and draws over 1 million visitors each year.

The museum building was constructed between 1876 and 1885. This beautiful building is currently undergoing major renovation which started in 2003 and will not be completed until summer of 2013. During the renovation period, only 400 items will be on view for the public. These items are currently housed in the Philips wing. During our visit in March 2009, the museum was featuring Vermeer and had some paintings on loan from the National Gallery in Washington, DC. The Vermeer exhibit runs through June 1, 2009.

I would plan to spend at least 4 hours to take in the paintings and listen to the narrative of selected paintings. The museum is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm and on Friday they have extended hours till 8:30 pm. We went early to avoid the long lines and waited 45 minutes to get tickets and audio guide. The cost for adults was 11 Euros and children under 18 were free. You can save time if you order the tickets on line. The e-tickets will allow you to bypass the main entrance line and save 30 min to 1 hour depending on the time of day. The official website for additional information and to purchase tickets is: www.rijksmuseum.nl

Hope you enjoy the museum and let me know if you have any questions.
The Rijkmuseum building
Entrance to the Philips Wing
Devika1985 Devika19…
49 reviews
Sep 09, 2007
If you like art you should visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The museum owns a collection of almost 1 million pieces wich makes it the largest arts and history museum in our country. The most famous pieces of the collection are the works by the greatest masters from the 17th century. It has paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Johanns Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals. The most wel-known painting would be the "Nachtwacht" by Rembrandt van Rijn. There are audiotours you can take in a lot of different languages and you can also arrange for tours with guides who can tell more about the paintings.

If you're under 18 it's free to visit the museum.

Adults pay 10 euro's.
Nachtwacht by Rembrant van Rijn
Andy99 says:
The Rijksmuseum is definitely a place I want to visit in Amsterdam. I'd love to see the Rembrandts and other Dutch Golden Age paintings!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2007
X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
May 17, 2005
This is only one of several museums in Amsterdam. However, our tour began with a tour of this museum. The museum is under a long term restoration which is due to be completed in 2010. Because of the renovation many of the displays are smaller or held to specific Masterpieces. Our tour gave us plenty of time to stroll those sections that were open and enjoy the wonderful art work and items from the 17th century. For anyone who is interested in art this is a must see. If you can wait until the rebuilding and modernization is complete it will certainly be a wonderful experience.
X_Drive says:
Hector, the renovations began in 2002. When we were there in May 2005 only one wing, about 20% of the museum was open.
Posted on: Jun 26, 2007
X_Drive says:
Mark you could always ask to be seeled into a glass enlosure, but you'd have to be perfectly still and not flinch if people took your picture.
Posted on: Jun 26, 2007
ekthor says:
I've been to this museum, certainly one of the best museums in Amsterdam. I was there on early november 2005, don't remember the renovations though...when did they start?
Posted on: Jun 25, 2007

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