Atrium of Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum

I last visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam about 20 years ago so decided to check outs its restoration while in Amsterdam this weekend. The Rijksmuseum is the principal national museum in Holland and illustrates the art and history of Holland from the Middle Ages to the present day. After ten years conversion, renovation and restoration, the museum reopened its doors to the public in April 2013. The museum has been totally transformed since my last visit with a restoration and extension of the existing historic buildings by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, restoration architect Van Hoogevest and Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos. In addition, the Rijksmuseum’s world-famous collection is now presented chronologically across 80 rooms that tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history. Highlights for me included Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, two of the most iconic paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.

Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam