Great Hall

The renovation restored much of the Great Hall to its original state, comprising a vast space with a floor of inlaid mosaics, walls covered with painted tableaux and stained glass windows, and spanned high overhead with a copiously decorated vaulted ceiling. Together, the Great Hall and the Gallery of Honour form the backbone of the building.

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Present and Past


Each of the stained glass windows in the Great Hall is dedicated to one of the arts, presenting representations of Painting, Architecture and Sculpture.


The walls of the Great Hall are hung with large paintings produced by Georg Sturm and his pupils. They have been conceived around patriotic virtues, which are depicted in the allegorical representations in the arches along the top.


The central area laid out in mosaic, 2012


The Great Hall during the renovations, 2012

The Great Hall with museum shop, c. 1984 - c. 1985

The Great Hall in 1959


The Great Hall in 1957


Mr. Hartman at the reproductions shop in the Front Hall, c. 1920


View of the Great Hall towards the east, around 1909

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The royal Gold Coach in the Great Hall in 1898

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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 Great Hall 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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