The largest museum in the netherlands.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Cycling through the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is the only museum in the world where you can cycle underneath.
The Rijksmuseum has 80 rooms where 800 years and 8000 objects of art production are displayed. On top of that we can add more numbers, namely: the museum has a total area of 30,000 m2, of which 12,000 m2 is exhibition space.
Two restaurants, several cafes
Atrium (east side) of the Rijksmuseum, with a small restaurant and a a well-equipped souvenir and bookshop.
A second chic restaurant is located right next to the main entrance of the Rijksmuseum.
You will find 2 restaurants for your small or big appetite. One is located inside the atrium. Which is the entrance hall of the Rijksmuseum. And the entrance of the other upperclass restaurant “Rijksrestaurant” is located just outside the Museum.
Sometimes nothing goes without coffee. Good coffee corners are located near the main stairwell and in the special exhibition wing, called The Philips Wing.
A scientific library
The scientific presentation library of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum opened its doors in 1885. The library was completed a little earlier. The building with its interior and exterior was designed by the Dutch Architect Pierre Cuypers and his team. Pierre Cuypers designed the building in a historical style, a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance. Doesn’t it remind you a bit of Harry Potter?
Attribution photo: Wiki Commons
The Rijksmuseum has a beautiful 19th. century constructed scientific presentation library. This library belongs to the top of the world. The number of books on the shelves and in the depot exceeds 5.4 km. The library is accessible to everyone who wants to study. Speaking is not allowed.
The Rijksmuseum is a big museum. You can easily get lost. A private experienced guide can be handy.
1) Private Highlights Tour Rijksmuseum
Still Life with a Silver Jug and a Porcelain Bowl, Willem Kalf, 1655 – 1660. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Bling bling. You will find many beautiful things in the Rijksmuseum.
E.g. works of the painter Willem Kalf. You can definitly see how he is able to show-off his market value in depicting wealth in paint on canvas.
Have you ever wondered where such porcelain bowls came from in the 17th century? And how long did it take to arrive in the Netherlands? By which means of transport?
Highlights from the Middle Ages to modern times
Private Highlights Tour
Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, from the Middle Ages to modern times.
Why do we talk about highlights? Are there any lows as an art object in the Rijksmuseum?
The Private Highlights Tour Rijksmuseum goes through the ages of art history and history. We will visit many departments like the Middle Ages department and the Golden Age department (with artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer etc.). And a real World War I warplane is covered as well.
Details Highlights Tour Rijksmuseum
- The Private Guided Tour Highlights of the Rijksmuseum
- Duration takes about 2 hours.
- The group size for private museum tours in the Rijksmuseum depends on the rules of the museum. Larger groups require several guides.
- Art historian or art teacher as a guide.
- Alternatively we offer a 90 minute Private Virtual Online Tour – Highlights of the Rijksmuseum.
2) Private The Golden Age Tour Rijksmuseum
Night Watch, Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642.
How to work on your networking skills in the 17th. century? E.g. by becoming a member of the shooting club. And order a group portraiture for the club building. It costs a bit much, but you do impress. Question, how much do I have to pay the painter?
The masterpieces of the Golden Age
The Golden Age tour is for lovers of the Dutch 17th century art production. The 17th century is called the “Golden Age”, because the country flourished economically, technically and artistically.
No wonder that cities like New York were born in this period. The early name for New York was “New Amsterdam”.
All kinds of still lifes
Rachel Ruysch, Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase, c. 1690 – c. 1720, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Incredibly well painted. What did a painter’s education look like in the 17th century? And were there also female painters?
This private tour takes you to the wonderfull still lifes depicting flowers, breakfasts and kitchen scenes. Enjoy the special skills of landscape, seascape and cityscape painters. Experience how houses used to be decorated on paintings showing interiors.
Portraits for every budget
Werner van den Valckert, Portrait of a Goldsmith, Probably Bartholomeus Jansz van Assendelft, 1617, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Do you see the ring? I was a goldsmith, but you know what? I have made a career and can now also measure the quality of the gold. I can now call myself an assay master. But how can you measure the quality of gold?
And yes, with this portrait I can advertise with my new profession.
Portraits for every occasion made up a large part of the Dutch art market. People wanted to capture special occasions or important moments in their lifes. Marriages or the next step in your career, or the birth of your grandchild.
Another motive is the so called family portrait. You will find them in large and small sizes. Depicted in the indoors and the outdoors.
The price for a portrait painting depended on the format, the number of persons depicted, and the possible use of expensive pigments. But also the fame of the artist and his negotiating skills played an important role.
Paintings of a chaotic and messy household
Jan Havicksz. Steen, The Merry Family, 1668, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
As the old sing, so shall the young twitter. Bad habits passed from the older generation to the younger generation.
Jan Steen is a painter who can depict faces, emotions, and still lifes, yes, even a moment in a story.
Do you have any idea why Jan Steen is considered to be a high-end market painter?
And lets not forget the humorous paintings depicting everyday life or the everyday environment. The many paintings of humorous scenes that exist show that people loved it.
The many artists women and men
We will review artists like Judith Leyster, Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Pieter de Hoogh, Willem Claesz Heda and many more. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is famous for its collection of high-profile Golden Age artists.
Details Golden Age Tour Rijksmuseum
- The Private Guided Tour The Golden Age in the Rijksmuseum.
- Duration takes about 1.5 or 2 hours.
- The group size for private museum tours depends on the rules of the museum. Larger groups require several guides.
- Art historian or art teacher as a guide.
- Alternatively we offer a 90 minute Private Virtual Online Tour – The Golden Age in the Rijksmuseum.
Attribution photos of art works: Rijkmuseum Amsterdam.