Rijksmuseum is considered one of the top destinations located in Amsterdam as it is a place that is the epitome of Dutch culture. Holland has put together some of the most famous artworks of the ancient times along with the buildings that house all the masterpieces, and it has undergone an extensive renovation for a period of ten years. It was then reopened to the public in the month of April 2014.
Most travelers are familiar with the block letter statue in red and white– I Amsterdam – which is the major feature of tourist photos and postcards of Amsterdam. The renovated Rijksmuseum stands behind those letters, and it is a must-see destination while traveling near the place. The entry fee to the museum is €15, and travelers can add to their experience by combining their visit with canal cruises. Travelers can explore the place where Rembrandt lived and painted while they are on the cruise. Make sure to book your tickets online before you visit the place to skip the queues to buy tickets. The major renovation on the museum is inviting more crowds towards the same.
The major attractions of the museum are some of the world-famous paintings of popular Dutch artists such as The Night Watch by Rembrandt and The Milkmaid by Vermeer. The museum also features several works by the natives of the Dutch such as Steen and Van Gogh. Along with these, it is also home to a wide array of sculptures, Asian collections and other artworks that span across several genres and decades.
After the museum was renovated, over 8000 artifacts of the Rijksmuseum was arranged in chronological order to make the navigation of the collection of these artifacts less complicated. Currently, there is a new exhibition on the display – Art Is Therapy – which goes along with a collection of forty coats from the period 1630 to 1940. Stopping by the Cuypers Library to explore the reading room is another incredible choice for every visitor who loves to read.
It is always better to make sure to take the Rijksmuseum tour during the summer to witness these special exhibitions.
Exploring almost all works of the museum takes a lot of time and hence going to the museum to avoid the crowds and enjoy most out of your day in the museum is most recommended. Taking a guided tour is a good option for travelers who are not sure about what they want to see at the place as guided tours are always better choices to explore the highlights of the place in detail.