National Museum for Art and History


At the Rijksmuseum you find the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age with paintings from Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Rembrandt, and other artists.


Rembrandt's 'Night Watch', painted in 1642, one of the biggest attractions in Rijksmuseum

The Night Watch   De Nachtwacht

The most famous painting at the Rijksmuseum is Rembrandt's Night Watch. It is the largest painting Rembrandt ever made. A national icon that fires the imagination and is always at the centre of discussion. The Night Watch actually has another title: the 'Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch'. The picture is a militia painting: a group portrait of a division of the civic guard.

Rembrandt depicted the group of militiamen in an original way. He did not paint them in neat row or sitting at their annual banquet, rather, he recorded a moment: a group of militiamen have just moved into action and are about to march off.

Rembrandt Cruise

The official Rijksmuseum audio guide takes you on a special Rembrandt Cruise (75 min) through Amsterdam in the Golden Age.

You will learn more about his personal life, his wives and his son. And of course about his paintings. Where did he make them, how and why?

Duration: 75 min     Price: €16 (adult) / €7.50 (child) when booked online


Museumstraat 1
Amsterdam (Zuid)


tram 2 5 12 Rijksmuseum
tram 1 7 19 Spiegelgracht
directions_subway 52 Vijzelgracht
local_parking Q-Park Museumplein

Opening hours
Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Entrance fee
€17.50 adults (18+)
free 0-18 years

The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijks Shop and Café are open to visitors without a ticket from 9:00 to 18:00


official website

more impressions


The 'Night Watch', Rembrandt, 1642


Man in Oriental Dress, Rembrandt, 1635


Old Woman Selling Eggs, Hendrick Bloemaert, 1632


The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1660


The Little Street, Johannes Vermeer, 1658


Venus and Adonis, Ferdinand Bol, 1657 - 1660


Bartholomeus van der Helst, c. 1640-1643


The Merry Family, Jan Steen, 1668


La Corniche near Monaco, Claude Monet, 1884


Main building by architect Cuypers (1885)


View of the facade by night

Photo: Diego Delso