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Amsterdam has many notable museums to visit. Take a trip to the impressive Rijksmuseum to see some of the country’s most famous works.


Amsterdam has a well-deserved reputation as a cultural hub, offering the tourist a plethora of art galleries, museums and architecturally significant buildings to admire. Your discount holidays to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world-famous Rijksmuseum. From its spectacular facade to the collection of over 8000 pieces, this museum is packed full of treats to savour.

An art-lovers delight

There are plenty of art galleries in Amsterdam displaying everything from modern masterpieces to priceless Van Goghs. The Rijksmuseum is the home one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings, The Night Watch. The painting is so well known that it even featured on the cover of a Terry Pratchett novel of the same name and visitors here cannot help but admire the sheer scale of this huge masterpiece. Other works of particular note include several paintings by Dutch master Vermeer, including the stunning Milkmaid. Breitner’s Girl in a White Kimono and The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam are also very popular with the gallery's visitors. Whilst the nearby Van Gogh Museum is the resting place of many of this great artist’s pieces, the Rijksmuseum is proud to be able to showcase one his most moving works, a powerful self-portrait.

Much to admire

The museum itself was designed by Pierre Cuypers and the current building opened in 1885, although there have been several previous incarnations of the Amsterdam state museum. Aside from the breath-taking artworks the Rijksmuseum is home to a truly astonishing array of other artefacts. If you have ever wondered what the capital’s canal houses looked like inside, browse the museum’s collection of furnishings. Statues and ceramics, jewellery and weapons are also on display from a variety of eras and locations. Fashionistas will appreciate the impressive textile and costume collections too. The museum also has a delightful garden where visitors can see plenty of fascinating architectural remains as well as find themselves a quiet tranquil spot to relax. One sight not to be missed is the spectacular Cuypers Library. Recently restored to fit Cuypers’ original vision, it now houses the largest and oldest art historical art library in the country. Not only does it look like something from a film set, but visitors are most welcome to study here in peace. From some of the world’s greatest artworks to fabulous collections of quirky curios, the Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s unmissable highlights.

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