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  • Address: Stadhouderskade 42, Old South
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 7pm. Closes at 6pm on Dec 25; closed on Jan 1
  • Admission: Adults: € 12.50, Children (18yrs and under): Free

The Rijksmuseum, or National Museum, is the premier art museum of the Netherlands, and no self-respecting visitor to Amsterdam can afford to miss it. Though most of the building is closed for renovations until 2013, key paintings from the museum’s permanent collection can be viewed in the Philips Wing.

The collection includes some 5,000 paintings, most importantly those by Dutch and Flemish masters from the 15th to 19th centuries. The emphasis, naturally, is on the Golden Age. Pride of place is taken by Rembrandt's Nightwatch (1650), showing the militia led by Frans Banning Cocq. Other 17th century Dutch masters include Jan Vermeer (The Milkmaid, and Woman in Blue Reading a Letter), Frans Hals (The Merry Drinker) and Jan Steen (The Merry Family).

Other sections include Sculpture and Applied Art (delftware, dolls' houses, porcelain, furniture), Dutch History and Asiatic Art, including the famous 12th century Dancing Shiva. The museum's famous print archives have some 800,000 prints and drawings.

Practical Info

The Rijksmuseum is located on the Museumplein, at Stadhouderskade an Museumstrasse. The museum is easily accessible via tram to Hobbemastraat. Nearby attractions include the Heineken Experience and the Van Gogh Museum. Although you can only see a fraction of the huge collection of art on display, allow at least a half a day for your visit.

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