The Rijksmuseum houses 800 years of Dutch art and history, including prominent works by Dutch masters of the Golden Age such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals.
The Rijksmuseum is over 200 years old. However, the current museum building came into existence only in 1885.
The current Rijksmuseum building designed by Pierre Cuypers was built over 9 years from 1876 to 1885.
The museum was originally commissioned by the Holland government as a 'prestige project' that would build patriotism and house important historical objects and artworks. Over the years, the museum was relocated several times but the current museum building was built after the Netherlands government decided to commission their own national museum building that was on par with all the other European art galleries.
The Rijksmuseum was designed by Pierre Cuypers. However, the museum saw several rounds of expansions and renovations over the years, until it was finally restored to Cuypers' original architecture plan by Cruz y Ortiz.
The Rijksmuseum is a neogothic museum building that incorporated both Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles.
The Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands' largest museum and one of the most visited landmarks in Amsterdam. The museum houses over 800 years of Dutch art and history including works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
The architecture of the Rijksmuseum was very controversial with many arguing that the building was too church-like, too Catholic, too medieval, and not Dutch enough. King William III refused to participate in the opening ceremony of the Rijksmuseum, claiming he would never set foot in "that convent".
Yes, there are guided tours of the Rijksmuseum that offer insight into the history and significance of the museum and highlights of the museum's artworks. Guided tours are available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.