More than thirty galleries are devoted to the glory of the Dutch Golden Age, when the young merchant republic enjoyed its heyday as a world leader in trade, science and scholarship and the art of war and the fine arts. In the heart of the museum is the spectacularly restored Gallery of Honour, showcasing world-famous masterpieces by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt. At the very end of the Gallery of Honour is a separate gallery dedicated to Rembrandt’s greatest masterpiece: _The Night Watch_.
No longer a world power, the Netherlands now invested its profits in possessions such as beautiful houses. In the eighteenth century, the interior became a focus of keen interest. The period was characterized by the refinement and cultivation of good taste. These were manifested particularly in the interior domain, with virtuosic arts and crafts objects and personal portraits.
In the nineteenth century, the Netherlands was established as a kingdom – which it still is today – and witnessed major scientific breakthroughs that led to large-scale modernization. The metre, kilogramme and photography were all introduced in this period. Painting took flight and became increasingly individualistic as the century progressed.
New at the Rijksmuseum are the galleries dedicated to the twentieth century. Featuring paintings, furniture, photography, posters, films, historical objects and even an aeroplane from the Rijksmuseum's own collection, the displays also include important loans from museums in the Netherlands and abroad. Together, they create a window onto the cultural history of a modern country during the last century.
The Special Collections comprise more unusual objects from the rich holdings of the Rijksmuseum. For example, complete collections of miniature silverwork, musical instruments, patriotic relics, boxes and cases, gems, fashion, magic lantern slides, glass, porcelain, an impressive armoury and a large number of ship models. Every half year, the Rijksmuseum displays a new presentation from its extensive costume collection.
adults aged 19 and over: 17,50 EUR
children under 19y: free