The Rijksmuseum was inaugurated in 1885 and still dominates the area around Museumplein. The museum’s collection is as impressive as the building itself: here you will find the masterpieces of the Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s world-famous Night watch, which draws daily crowds.
One can spend days in the Rijksmuseum and still discover something new. The building was designed by architect P.J.H. Cuypers and houses thousands of historical artefacts that depict the history of the Netherlands. The various rooms in the museum are organised by century. The museum is unique in displaying paintings from a certain century together with other art forms from that period, providing a great historic framework of that era. The museum pays a great deal of attention to the Golden Age; the Gallery of Honour is entirely dedicated to that period.