The Rijksmuseum is one of the landmarks of Amsterdam. Here you can see an outstanding collection of Dutch art.
The museum is way too large for all the treasures inside to be discovered in one day. The approximately 2 million visitors can admire some 8,000 exhibits here.
The museum building alone is worth a visit. After evaluating a few designs construction started in 1876. Numerous decorative elements inspired by Dutch art history found their way into the design, both inside and outside. In 1885 the building was finally opened.
The collection of paintings includes the works of many important artists. Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Jan Steen, just to name a few.
Rembrandt' s “The Night Watch”, for example, attracts visitors like a magnet. Many groups are brought to the Rijksmuseum on buses to see it. Most of them only take the time to see as little as two or three other rooms. It is a pity because with a little time you discover more treasures such as "The kitchen maid" by Jan Vermeer or the "A Woman at her toilet" by Jan Steens.
The library also impressed us very much. The reading room can be seen from the outside. Reading here really is a journey to the past.