Rijksmuseum (Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam) — The Rijksmuseum possesses the largest and most important collection of classical Dutch art It opened in 1885. Its collection consists of nearly one million objects. The artist most associated with Amsterdam is Rembrandt, whose work, and the work of his pupils, is displayed in the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt’s masterpiece De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch) is one of top pieces of art of the museum. It also houses paintings from artists like Van der Helst, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Ferdinand Bol, Albert Cuyp, Jacob van Ruisdael and Paulus Potter. Aside from paintings, the collection consists of a large variety of decorative art. This ranges from Delftware to giant dollhouses from the 17th century. The architect of the gothic revival building was P.J.H. Cuypers. At present, the museum is being expanded, renovated, and a new main entrance for the museum created. The Rijksmuseum was reopened to the public in April 2013, after a renovation that took five years longer than expected and cost nearly $500 million (tens of million over budget).
Admission: €19 (adult), free for children 18 and under. Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. See its website for more info: www.rijksmuseum.nl