The Rijksmuseum is the Louvre of the Netherlands—meaning you won’t see it all in one go, and it’s worth returning to again and again. The Rijks first opened in 1800 under a different name but it’s been in its current building since 1855. It underwent a ten-year long rebuilding and renovation process, which was completed in 2013. The heart of the museum is Dutch art from the Middle Ages all the way through the 20th-century. Not surprisingly, it’s best to buy a ticket online so you don’t have to wait in line at the ticket office. And like other Amsterdam museums, the Rijks is generally more quiet before 10am and after 3pm.

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