Amsterdam Sights


⟩ 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.

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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.

de Nachtwacht van Rembrandt Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1853-1890): The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the 'Night Watch', 1642

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.
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How to get there?

tram2, 5 - stop Hobbemastraat   /   6, 7, 10 - stop Spiegelgracht
parkingQ-Park Museumplein

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Old Dutch Masters Het melkmeisjeThe Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1660

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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Museumstraat 1
Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)

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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
free 0-18 years

Tip for visitors

Skip the queues and purchase tickets online in advance to gain entrance to the museum


Tours for children

Exotic animals, exploratory expeditions, a dollhouse, The Feast of St Nicholas by Jan Steen: just for kids .

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See the Night Watch coming to life in the Rijksmuseum

rijksRijksmuseum by night

Exhibitions Agenda

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