The 17th century (1600–1700)

More than thirty galleries are devoted to the glory of the Dutch Golden Age, when the young merchant republic enjoyed its heyday as a world leader in trade, science and scholarship and the art of war and the fine arts. In the heart of the museum is the spectacularly restored Gallery of Honour, showcasing world-famous masterpieces by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt. At the very end of the Gallery of Honour is a separate gallery dedicated to Rembrandt’s greatest masterpiece: 'The Night Watch'.

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Past and present

1600–1700: Naval power

1600-1700: The young Rembrandt

1600-1700: The Netherlands overseas

1600-1700: King-Stadtholder William III and Mary Stuart

1600-1700: French court art


Delftware gallery, 1962


Gallery with table, tapestry and bed, 1962


Gallery with organ-loft, furniture, majolica en statues, 1961


Gallery with 17th century Dutch masterpieces, 1958 - 1959

Furniture gallery, 1952


Gallery with statues, a painting and a chasuble, 1949


Gallery with paintings and chairs, ca. 1930 - ca. 1940


Painting gallery, c. 1928


Small portrait gallery, 1923

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History of the Rijksmuseum

Our online collection contains a lot more photographs of the Rijksmuseum throughout the years. This link shows, for instance, what the Young Rembrandt gallery used to look like.

Curious about the rich history of Rijksmuseum building and galleries? Take a look in the historical archive.

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