Originally opened in 1885, the monumental Rijksmuseum was designed by the architect Pierre Cuypers. After more than a century of intensive use, its massive building was in need of a complete makeover. Its lengthy renovation (which lasted 10 years and cost no less than 375 million euros) is now finished and, as of last April, the new Rijksmuseum has opened its doors to the public.
Having faced many technical challenges, the architects have tried to restore Cuypers’ original layout and ensure that the museum presents once again a coherent whole. Besides, the new Rijksmuseum is now a fully modern building with new facilities, climate-control for better preservation of the exhibited art, and security features in line with today’s requirements.
The new Rijksmuseum features more than 8,000 artistic and historical objects spanning across 800 years of Dutch history, from 1200 right up to the present. Visitors are invited to wander through its 80 galleries and take part in a fantastic journey from the late Middle Ages to the present day, where particular attention is paid to highlights of Dutch art and history.
Among the museum’s highlights is the world-renowned Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn, which is placed back in its old position at the centre of the building. Next to the magnificent Gallery of Honour, the Front Hall, and the Night Watch Gallery, the new Rijksmuseum also offers a small but attractive Asian collection which is on display in the newly added Asian Pavilion. Surrounded by water, the Pavilion can be seen from Museumstraat, its natural-stone and glass façade contrasting with the red bricks of the main building.
The renovated Rijksmuseum has the capacity to welcome between 1.5 – 2 million visitors each year. Do not miss out on the unique opportunity to be one of them.
Click here to buy your tickets to the Rijksmuseum online. And to make your experience complete, join the boat cruise afterwards! See here for the tickets.