Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (National Museum) is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands features Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Breitner, but also: doll's houses, silver, prints and drawings, Delftware, furniture, weaponry, ship models, buddhas...
Three of the major former state museum – Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and National Maritime Museum – are located in Amsterdam. The rest is dispersed over the rest of the country, with an emphasis on the western province of Holland. Other major museums in Amsterdam – the Stedelijk Museum for Modern Art, the Amsterdam Historical Museum, the Amsterdam branch of the Hermitage Museum and the Anne Frank House – are either financed by the city of Amsterdam or privately financed.
Johannes Vermeer, THE KITCHEN MAID, c 1660 A motionless tableau; the only movement comes from the thin stream of milk. Despite its simplicity, the scene conveys a feeling of grandeur.
The Rijksmuseum, built in 1885 by P. Cuypers in neo-renaissance and neo-gothic style.
All museums are doing rather well because of the very healthy international tourism in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum had 1,6 million visitors last year, the Rijksmuseum, in spite of being under reconstruction and with only a very limited space available, still attracts almost a million, the Anne Frank House likewise. The Stedelijk Museum, also under renovation, has some 250.000 visitors at present. Between the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum there is an understanding, that the Van Gogh Museum presents the19th century and early 20th century from an international angle, where the Rijksmuseum focuses for this period on Dutch art.
Boasting a collection of 1.3 million specimens worth approximately 8 billion euros, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands' largest and most important museum. Paintings by 17th century Dutch masters, of which The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn is the most famous, account for a large portion of the museum's broad collection, which also includes antique furniture, jewelry, textiles, porcelain, and photo collections. There are three Rijksmuseum shops: inside the museum on the first floor, outside on the Museumplein, and on the Rijksmuseum.
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