〉 National Museum for Art and History
At the Rijksmuseum you find all the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age with paintings from Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Rembrandt, and other artists.
The Night Watch
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.
〉 Learn more on the Night Watch
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Tours for children
Exotic animals, exploratory expeditions, a dollhouse, The Feast of St Nicholas by Jan Steen: just for kids .
See the Night Watch coming to life in the Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum by night
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