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A stay in Amsterdam without visiting the Rijksmuseum means you'll miss something. The State Museum, exists for more that two hundred years and today belongs to the most breathtaking museums in the world. During its existence, the museum went through many transformations and remains now, especially after its complete renovation.
The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808 by the decree of the King of the Netherlands Louis Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, where it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and was originally opened in 1885. It has been built in the then fashionable Dutch neo-Renaissance style, using historical neo-Gothic elements in it form and decoration. The museum closed for renovation in 2003 and reopened in october 2013.
The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, a truly exceptional collection of the antique objects of the material Dutch culture, vast collection of prints, drawings and the classic photography.
The collection contains paintings from the Dutch Golden Age by painters such as Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Rembrandt, and Rembrandt's pupils; Along the masterworks like Rembrandt’s “Night watch”.
The reconstruction of the Rijksmuseum The immense collection of the Rijksmuseum outgrew its 19th C. building and since december of 2003, the Rijksmuseum was reconstructed. The completely new, modern exhibit has been built. The Museum reopened after 10 years of renovation in April of 2013.
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