The Rijksmuseum is the largest art museum in the Netherlands and boasts an impressive collection of world-famous works by masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Rembrandt van Rijn. After an extensive 10-year renovation project, the Rijksmuseum was reopened in 2013 by then-Queen Beatrix. The building is located in the heart of Amsterdam's Museumplein, where the Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museum are also located, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw, often considered one of the best concert halls in the world. The current Rijksmuseum building,designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers,first opened its doors in 1885 and has been a national heritage site since 1970. The recent renovation project followed in the footsteps of similar initiatives by world museums such as the Tate Modern in London and the Louvre in Paris, in terms of the combination of ancient and modern. The atrium features a high glass ceiling and spacious, contemporary architecture that blends uniquely with traditional red brick walls. The collection contains more than a million pieces and has about eight thousand paintings, sculptures and historical artifacts on display, from the year 1200 to the present. Some of the most important works include Rembrandt's The Night Watch (1642), Vermeer's The Milkmaid (1647) and one of Van Gogh's untitled self-portraits (1887).
Your ticket includes access to some special temporary exhibitions and a 1h boat tour ticket.