The Rijksmuseum is committed to becoming one of the world’s most sustainable museums. And we’re already well on our way! Read more about the actions we’re taking.

How we’re making the museum more sustainable

  • All waste flows are collected separately for removal.

  • We use renewable energy.

  • We compensate CO2 emissions for all business flights.

  • We have an ecoconscious and sustainable purchasing policy.

  • We encourage employees and visitors to travel by bike or public transport.

  • Our intranet features sustainability news and tips for employees to read and share.

  • We welcome suggestions from visitors and external parties at

  • We have an extensive environmental policy plan setting out a range of objectives in specific categories. This is available in Dutch and you can find it here.

What we’ve already achieved

The Rijksmuseum was the world’s first museum to be awarded a BREAAM-NL In-Use sustainability certificate with a rating of Outstanding (5 stars), the highest score.

BREAAM is a worldwide sustainability assessment method based on integral evaluations of new and existing buildings, locations and demolition projects. The Rijksmuseum rated exceptionally high on water, energy and waste management, and also scored well on building and systems maintenance.

CollectieCentrum Nederland

In 2020 a new national collection centre – CollectieCentrum Nederland, or CC NL – is opening in Amersfoort. Organized in conjunction with Paleis Het Loo museum, Nederlands Openluchtmuseum and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, it will also showcase part of our collection. The design of the new building has been awarded BREAAM-NL’s highest rating of Outstanding (5 stars).