The Rijksmuseum first opened its doors in 1800 under the name Nationale Kunstgalerij. It is now is one of the Netherlands' most famous institutions and a must-do for anyone visiting Amsterdam with an interest in Dutch art history. In 2013, after ten years of rebuilding and refurbishment, the Rijksmuseum reopened to the public. During that time the building and the collections underwent a total renovation, resulting in astonishing new exhibitions and furnishings and a whole new visitor experience.
Best known for its impressive collection of paintings, the Rikjsmuseum also features a wide range of craft objects retracing many centuries of Dutch history, including prints, silver, porcelain, Delftware, furniture, jewellery and clothing. Spread over four floors, the story of the Netherlands is placed in an international context and told in chronological order, with 80 galleries and 8,000 objects recounting over eight centuries of Dutch art and history, from the middle ages to Mondrian.