The Rijksmuseum is one of the most popular museums in the world and shows 8000 artistic and historical objects that tells the story of 800 years of Dutch history. Some masterpieces that you can find in the Rijksmuseum are the self portrait of Van Gogh, The Little Street of Vermeer and ofcourse the world famous masterpiece of Rembrandt: The Night Watch.
The museum first opened its doors in 1800 under the name Nationale Kunstgalerij. It was located in the Huis ten Bosch in The Hague. The collection mainly consisted of paintings and historical objects. In 1808, the museum moved to the new capital city Amsterdam, where it got located in the Royal Palace on the Dam.
After the arrival of king Willem I, the paintings with the national print collection ended up in the Trippenhuis on Kloveniersburgwal and the remaining objects went back tot he Hague. The current building, that got renamed to the Rijksmuseum by king Willem I, was taken into use in 1885. This building also included the Dutch Museum for History and Arts (Nederlandsch Museum voor Geschiedenis en Kunst in Dutch), which would the basis for the Dutch History and Sculpture & Applied Art departments.
The current building of the Rijksmuseum is designed by the Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers and opened in 1885. In 2003 the 10 year long renovation project started to restore much of the building’s former glory. The museum opened its doors again in 2013. It is now the most visited museum of the Netherlands with more than 2,3 million visitors in 2018.