Cuypers Library

The Cuypers Library is the largest and oldest art historical library in the Netherlands. Following an intensive restoration campaign, it has now been fully returned to its former glory. In the newly reopened museum, the visiting public will finally be able to admire the nineteenth-century library’s splendid reading room. Visitors, students and art historians alike are welcome to use the library to delve deeper into the Rijksmuseum collection. iPads are available for general use and there is free WiFi access both in the library and throughout the museum.

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Present and Past

Cuypers Library

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Cuypers Library

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Cuypers Library

Cuypers Library during the renovations, 2012

Cuypersbibliotheek tijdens de verbouwing, 2012

Cuypers Library during the renovations, 2012

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Cuypers Library, 1960

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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 Cuypers Library 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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