Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum – Two Must See Attractions in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, with its liberal culture and unique cityscape, attracts visitors from all around the world. In fact, the place is so popular among visitors that many attribute it to be the best in Europe. Amsterdam holds a certain charm that many visitors find interesting and it is one of the top holidaying destinations in the world today. Besides its attractions, culture, and historical significance, the other notable thing about Amsterdam is its museums. In fact, there are several of them focusing on not only arts but also science and other major disciplines.

The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are two of the major museums in Amsterdam that visitors must see on their trip. These two museums are located in Museumplein, which is Amsterdam’s museum district, and house a wealth of artworks created by various national and international artists. The two museums with their enduring collections of artworks have played a pivotal role in promoting the work of art among visitors. In fact, they are the must-visit attractions in every Amsterdam tour and promise a truly delightful experience to the visitors.

Grand in their scale and collections, these two museums have become increasingly popular among visitors. Their permanent and temporary exhibits cherish the works of some of the true master artists and their influence in shaping the global art scene. So, hiring a private Amsterdam tour guide would be better, as they can aid in knowing more about the museum and experiencing them to the fullest.

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam’s grandest and most popular museum as well as a flourishing cultural center. Its incredible collection of more than 8,000 artworks displays the history of the region and the world. The Rijksmuseum was first opened to the public in the year 1800 and came to be known as the Nationale Kunstgallerij. It was due to the decree passed the Louis Bonaparte, who was the King of the Netherlands, that the museum was finally established in Amsterdam after it shifted venues several times.

The Rijksmuseum was moved to its current building in 1885. Petrus J.H. Cuypers, a prominent Dutch architect, designed the building borrowing elements from the Dutch neo-Renaissance style and various neo-Gothic designs. The building was constructed on a large scale and this has offered plentiful space to display all the artworks.

The Collections

The museum is known for its collection of works made by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, and Jan Steen. Besides the paintings, the museum also contains an excellent collection of antique objects, prints, drawings, and photography. One of the most popular and admired work in the Rijksmuseum is Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch”. Other artworks such as “The Milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer and Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait are also popular.

The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museumplein the museum district in Amsterdam. Visitors can reach the museum using public transport such as via tram from the Central Station. The museum is open daily from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm. Admission fee for the museum is €17.50 for adults. Entry is free of charge for children aged 18 and under.

Van Gogh Museum

Yet another most popular and must-visit attraction in Amsterdam is the Van Gogh Museum. The museum holds the largest collection of paintings, drawings, and letter made by the prominent artist Vincent Van Gogh. It is one of the most visited attractions in Amsterdam with about 1.6 million visitors each year. Besides, the architecture of the museum is also remarkable due to its contemporary style. The museum underwent various renovations and refurbishments to make it a top exhibition space for hosting both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The building hosting the museum is known for its remarkable architecture. It consists of two buildings; the main one was designed by the architect Gerrit Rietveld and opened its gates to the public in 1973. The prominent Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa designed the oval-shaped exhibition wing, which was opened in 1999. These buildings feature a design that allows the visitors more room to enjoy the artworks as well as move around freely.

The Collections

The museum houses an incredible collection of more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and many letters of Vincent Van Gogh. The collections also include many of the works of Van Gogh’s contemporaries as well as those belonging to the impressionist and post-impressionist art movements. The extensive works of Van Gogh are positioned in a chronological order inside the museum based on the five major periods of his life.

The Van Gogh Museum is located in Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter amidst the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. Visitors can reach the museum using public transport such as tram number 2 and 5 from the Amsterdam Central Station. The admission charges for adults to enter the museum are €17. Stadspas and multimedia tour costs €8.50 and €5 respectively. However, entry is free for children aged below 18.