The Rijksmuseum, designed by Pierre Cuypers, opened its doors to the public in the year 1885.

More than 2,000,000 visitors visited this museum each year since 2013, making it the most popular museum in Holland.

Amsterdam's most important museum not only hosts the famous '
Nightwatch' by Rembrandt van Rijn, but many more works of art by the Dutch masters from 'The Golden age', like Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Van Dijck and Jan Steen.

The entire collection consists of more than 8,000 works of art and history.
Rembrandt's most famous work is without a doubt his masterpiece 'The Nightwatch' which he painted between 1639 and 1642. It represents a company of riflemen, charged with the defense of the city of Amsterdam. At the time, Amsterdam had several of these companies, each subdivided in smaller units, called 'Korporaalschappen'.

The most important man in the painting is
Captain Frans Banning Cocq, dressed in black and white collar, followed by his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch, dressed in yellow.

The painting measures an astonishing 11.91 ft × 14.34 ft, for which Rembrandt was paid 1600 Guilders (each person portrayed paid 100 Guilders) which was considered a large sum of money in the late 17th century.
Contact information
Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: + 31 20 674 7000
E-mail
Website
Where is the Rijksmuseum ?
Lobby Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
'The Nightwatch'
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