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1 more night

Only 1 more night until the big day! H.M. Queen Beatrix will open the Rijksmuseum.

  • You’re very welcome to visit the Rijksmuseum right after the official opening at Museumplein at 11:30 a.m. You don’t need a ticket.
  • We’ll be open until midnight. We’ve laid out a special highlights route for the occasion. You can see the Night Watch as of 2 p.m.
  • If you’re going to come, do expect to have to wait. We’ll be posting updates on Twitter.
  • We also recommend coming by public transport.

See you on 13 April! And for those of you who can’t join us: we’ll keep you posted via social media.


2 more nights

Only 2 more nights until you can enjoy no fewer than 8,000 objects in 80 galleries. From today, however, you can already enjoy 100 objects from Dutch history because our senior history curator Gijs van der Ham has put together a fantastic book on these which is being published today. Congratulations Gijs!


3 more nights

Only 3 more nights until Queen Beatrix opens the new Rijksmuseum. And in honour of this, the Bijenkorf department store will be celebrating today with a number of special Rijksmuseum window displays. So – and here’s a bit of advertising – get yourself down to the Bijenkorf and take a look inside while you’re at it!


4 more nights

Only 4 more nights until you can see four of Vermeer’s most beautiful works side by side in the Gallery of Honour. We can’t decide which is our favourite, just like parents can’t decide which of their children is their favourite. But anyway, which is your favourite?


5 more nights

Only 5 more nights until you can enjoy The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn for real. In the meantime, from today our followers in the Netherlands will see this and 15 other artworks from our collection on dairy products of Albert Heijn, one of the leading supermarkets in the Netherlands.


6 more nights

Only 6 more nights until this hermit can delight in the interest of tens of thousands of visitors. This painting is by Gerard Dou, who studied under Rembrandt, whose 400th birthday we’re celebrating today.


7 more nights

Only 7 more nights until you can view this Madonna of the Sorrows. And if this doesn’t move you enough, you should also know that it was painted by Fra Angelico, aka the Angelic Friar.


8 more nights

Only 8 more nights until the unique graphic novel ‘Rembrandt’ by cartoonist Typex can be bought in our museum shop. Typex spent nearly two years working on this novel with a graphic designer, a typographer and a historian. Today, this special biography is being presented in the Rijksmuseum.


9 more nights

Only 9 more nights until you can once again see this Tower Mill at Wijk bij Duurstede in the Gallery of Honour. It is the ultimate Dutch landscape: low, flat, a lot of water and especially a lot of sky. And you guessed it, it’s by Jacob van Ruisdael.


10 more nights

Only 10 more nights until the Woman in Blue Reading a Letter is back in her familiar place in the Gallery of Honour. In the past month, she has been on a world tour, taking in places like Shanghai, São Paulo and LA. People often speculate about what’s in the letter. What do you think?


11 more nights

Only 11 more nights until you can see this baffling painting. It’s called 'Fishing for Souls' and refers to the religious disputes in the Netherlands in 1607. On the left are the Protestants and on the right the Roman Catholics, and in the wide river between them the two parties are fishing for souls. The Protestants’ catch exceeds that of the Catholics.


12 more nights

Only 12 more nights, except today we’re going to do things differently because it’s 1 April. Dutch history aficionados will immediately say 'op 1 april verloor Alva zijn bril', which literally translates as 'On 1 April, Alba lost his glasses'. A brief explanation: the Eighty Years’ War with Spain rages on. The Duke of Alba is a Spanish general. On 1 April 1572, the pretty little town of Brielle is captured by the Sea Beggars. Brielle sounds like bril, get it? The print is by Jan Luyken.


13 more nights

Only 13 more nights until you can once again witness the resurrection of Christ in the Rijksmuseum. You can choose between painted, drawn, sculpted or in the form of this gorgeous silver plaque created by Paulus van Vianen in 1605. If you’re more of a non-believer, however, we also have plenty of eggs and rabbits in the collection.

14 more nights

Only 14 more nights until you can see this brilliant self-portrait of today’s birthday boy: Vincent van Gogh. He was born exactly 160 years ago today. This painting is one of the first he painted in Paris. He painted self-portraits to save on the costs of hiring a model.

15 more nights

Only 15 more nights until you can see a number of historic kimonos side by side in the new and quite literally amazing Asian Pavilion. This is a kimono for a girl for her first visit to a Shinto shrine. It is made of chirimen which, as you know, is silk crepe.

16 more nights

Only 16 more nights until everyone’s allowed back in to admire this beautiful Italian landscape by Hendrik Voogd. Tip for those who can’t wait: become a Friend! If you are a Friend before 1 April, you are allowed in for a preview a week earlier.

17 more nights

Only 17 more nights until you can marvel at the world-famous Night Watch again, back in its old place. With thanks to Philips, it’s being moved today. Something that not everyone knows is that Cuypers designed the Rijksmuseum around The Night Watch. Question: do you know the official name of The Night Watch?

18 more nights

Only 18 more nights until you can see the Rijksmuseum just like Ruud Gullit has already been allowed to see it. In the meantime, you’ll be able to see what he saw in the TV commercial. There’ll be two more commercials like this one with… well, who do you think?

19 more nights

Only 19 more nights until you can feast your eyes on one of the most unique items from our collection: a faience violin. This violin is unique for its Delft Blue painting and the arresting head above the pegs. The violin was really made to please the eye and not the ear, as it can’t actually be played.

20 more nights

Only 20 more nights until you can once again see Adriaen Coorte's Still life with asparagus (1697). Coorte remains a bit of a mystery; his still life paintings are very unlike the extravagant still lifes of his contemporaries.

21 more nights

Only 21 more nights until you can see this lighthouse in the new Special Collections gallery. And special it is. It’s a model of the cast iron lighthouse on the south-western tip of Sumatra, which remained standing after Krakatoa erupted while everything else in the surrounding area was destroyed.

22 more nights

Only 22 more nights until you can once again see Hugo de Groot’s book chest. And as you’ll undoubtedly already know, it was 392 years ago today that Hugo escaped from Loevestein Castle in this very chest. Question: who came up with this way to escape?

23 more nights

Only 23 more nights until you can see this amazing sculpture by Shinkichi Tajiri in the new 20th century gallery. The sculpture is called ‘Made in USA’. Tajiri studied with Zadkine in Paris, where he also met Karel Appel and Corneille. He lived in the Netherlands from 1956.

24 more nights

Only 24 more nights... until you can see this recent acquisition, on loan, for the first time: Dutch ships on a calm sea by Willem van de Velde II. Will be displayed alongside his other masterpieces, the Gust and the Canon Shot.

25 more nights

Only 25 more nights until Marga Broekema (who works for Information Services at the Rijksmuseum) can enjoy her favourite work of art once more. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the 19th-century paintings again, especially Willem Roelofs’ Lake near Loosdrecht. That’s probably because I go rowing on the Amstel once a week.” Which work of art can’t you wait to see?

26 more nights

Only 26 more nights until you can see all the masterpieces in the main building again. However, the joy the new museum brings comes with a certain sadness, as the Philips Wing closes today. For nearly 10 years, this wing housed our masterpieces and we had the privilege of welcoming many visitors in that time. Good news: e-ticket sales for the new museum starts this week!

27 more nights

Only 27 more nights until you can look at this one-metre high decorative dish again. In the past, this dish was placed on the table on festive occasions. It was made in 1549 by the then world-famous silversmith Wenzel Jamnitzer. All the twigs and flowers which at first glance seem dried were in fact cast in silver one by one.

28 more nights

Only 28 more nights until you can see the clock from the 'Behouden Huys' safe house on Nova Zembla again. A quick refresher: navigator Willem Barentsz was searching for a northern route to the Dutch East Indies when he got stuck in the ice. Willem and 16 others spent the winter in a house they built themselves. This clock told the time, but on 3 December 1596 it froze forever.

29 more nights

Only 29 more nights until you may be able to view an object in the new Rijksmuseum that is currently still at TEFAF. A few of our curators are there, and they can be trusted to check every detail of every candidate object for the new Rijksmuseum.

30 more nights

Only 30 more nights until opening day, when everyone can visit the museum for free, thanks to our sponsor ING. Better yet, we’ll be open until midnight that night, so there’ll be plenty of time to see all the highlights, like this cheerful marriage portrait by Frans Hals.

31 more nights

Only 31 more nights until you can take in Richard Wright’s ceiling frescoes. These stars shine bright to the right and the left of the Night Watch Gallery and are inspired by Pierre Cuypers’ original paintwork. The thousands of stars were hand-painted, one by one.

32 more nights

Only 32 more nights until you can see Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen’s young woman warming her hands in her new location. For now, she is on display in the Philips Wing until 17 March.

33 more nights

Only 33 more nights until you, as a Friend of the Rijksmuseum, can visit the museum for free, 365 days a year, using fast-lane entry. What’s more, you can attend a whole host of interesting lectures and take a number of courses, all specially designed for our Friends.

34 more nights

Only 34 more nights until you can once again admire one of the most impressive spaces in the Rijksmuseum: the Cuypers Library. There are over five kilometres of books in this library, split across four floors.

35 more nights

Only 35 more nights until you can see the new 'Ottoman' gallery for the first time, with Vanmour’s intriguing portraits, one of which is this Dervish.

36 more nights

Only 36 more nights until you can discover the most beautiful Parisian delights in Amsterdam. Yesterday marked the launch of ‘Paris 1650-1900: Decorative Arts in the Rijksmuseum’, a book written by Reinier Baarsen, our furniture curator.

37 more nights

Only 37 more nights until you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in our brand new café. Our new sponsor, Douwe Egberts, has created a special blend just for us: the D.E. Dutch Master Blend Rijksmuseum, using coffee beans from Ethiopia and Sumatra.

38 more nights

Only 38 more nights... until you can see the Gallery of Honour in its new glory. No, we’re not allowed to show it to you yet, but we can lift the veil a tiny bit so that you know what you can expect to see there: Vermeer, Saenredam, Jan Steen, Rembrandt and his pupils, and many more besides...

39 more nights

Only 39 more nights until you can see the painters of The Hague School again, like Anton Mauve, and this exquisite Morning Ride on the Beach. Do you see the horse droppings? They were once glossed over, but have now been restored to their former glory.

40 more nights

Only 40 more nights until you can see Petronella Oortman’s Doll’s House in its new place. At the time, this doll’s house cost – wait for it – as much as a real canal house. The tableware was specially made for Petronella in China.

41 more nights

Only 41 more nights until it’s 92 years to the day that Pierre Cuypers, the architect of the Rijksmuseum, died. We think he’d have been pleased to see what his creation looks like now.

42 more nights

Only 42 more nights until you can see this pointillist work by Jan Toorop: the portrait of Marie Jeannette de Lange. Toorop happened to be the initiator of the first Dutch Vincent van Gogh exhibition.

43 more nights

Only 43 more nights until you can see – we’re not going to tell you just yet in which gallery – all the highlights of The Netherlands at Sea. Father and son Van der Velde. De Ruyter. Chatham. Tromp. And... the William Rex.

44 more nights

Only 44 more nights until you can come to the Rijksmuseum and see this Adrian VI, so far the only Dutch Pope in history. Adrian was known in Rome as an austere, almost avaricious pope.

45 more nights

Only 45 more nights until everyone’s allowed back in. Tip for those who can’t wait: Become a Friend! Friends are allowed in for a preview a week earlier. And after the opening, all kinds of cheerful events will be organised for our friends too.

46 more nights

Only 46 more nights until you walk down the stairs in the new Asia Pavilion, inquisitively and perhaps slightly mockingly watched by this ‘lohan’, an apprentice of Buddha.

47 more nights

Only 47 more nights until you can relax in front of this mill by Constant Gabriël. “Our country is not grey, not even when the weather’s grey,” he wrote. He painted this mill when it was sunny; the painting is otherwise known as 'In the month of July'.

48 more nights

Only 48 more nights until you can see these magic lantern images for the first time in the Rijksmuseum. The magic lantern was invented in the mid-17th century, probably by Christiaan Huijgens. It was used to project images painted on glass, as these farcical figures.

49 more nights

Only 49 more nights until you can see Jan van Speijk’s bent gun again. That’s right, the Jan who shouted “then I’d rather be blown up” and threw his cigar in the powder keg to keep his ship out of Belgian hands. This gun was later dredged up from the River Scheldt.

50 more nights

Only 50 more nights until you can see our colleagues in their brand-new uniforms in an equally brand-new building. Designed by no other than Alexander van Slobbe.

51 more nights

Only 51 more nights until you can see this superb portrait by Goya again. The person we’re looking at is judge Don Ramón Satué. Do you remember that 18 months ago the beginnings of another portrait were found underneath this one?

52 more nights

Only 52 more nights until you can view this cute pug dog again. Not only is it a pug dog, it’s also (a) a good example of the world-famous Meissner porcelain, and (b) a snuffbox, in which snuff was kept. Snuffing tobacco is an old way of ingesting nicotine without smoke.

53 more nights

Only 53 more nights until you can see the new armoury, in the likewise brand-new Special Collections department. It includes this beautiful kris (dagger) studded with no fewer than 115 diamonds, which was a gift from the Sultan of Madura to King William I of the Netherlands.

54 more nights

Only 54 more nights until you suddenly see in the 18th century department: Cornelis Troost. An original and cheerful painter. This is the portrait of one of the three Van der Mersch brothers. Nice detail: that white on his shoulder isn’t dandruff, it’s the powder he used to powder his wig.

55 more nights

Only 55 more nights until the doors are open to all. But if you become a Friend now, it’ll be like going to heaven because you’ll get a preview before anyone else does, and after that you can come in whenever you like.

56 more nights

Only 56 more nights until we see this splendid work by Jan van Scorel from 1530. Van Scorel was one of the first painters from the Low Countries to go to Italy. There he saw Michelangelo’s and Rafael’s works, and was even in the service of Pope Adrian VI, the only Netherlandish pope (up until now, that is).

57 more nights

Only 57 more nights until you enter the brand new Asian Pavilion, with the temple guards. Good story: in our depot, a photographer cocked a snook at one of the temple guards as a joke and promptly the lights went out. They didn’t go back on again until the photographer had apologised.

58 more nights

Only 58 more nights until you walk into the New Rijksmuseum with your New Love. Only... today, on Valentine’s Day, you’ve got to kneel down in front of your New Love!

59 more nights

Only 59 more nights until we can look at, but not sit on, this unique ‘stadholder’s’ chair. The stadholder’s arms are embroidered on the back of the seat (and after a long sit, maybe also on the stadholder’s back).

60 more nights

Only 60 more nights until we can visit the 19th century department and renew our acquaintance with this bit of Amsterdam through the eyes of Breitner. Nice detail: the woman coming ‘towards the camera’ was actually a maid, until Breitner turned her into a posh lady, at the art dealer’s request.

61 more nights

Only 61 more nights until you can visit a gallery that the Rijksmuseum has never had before: the 20th century, with highlights including a magnificent Karel Appel, the Koolhoven plane and this world-famous Gerrit Rietveld chair.

62 more nights

Only 62 more nights until we can visit the Grand Café in the Atrium, and sample a very varied selection of ‘jenever’ or Dutch gin.

63 more nights

Only 63 more nights until we see this superb portrait by Willem Witsen of Lise Jordan, Breitner's sister-in-law. Witsen was one of the first Dutch photographers with an interest in portraits.

64 more nights

Only 64 more nights until we see our history curator Gijs van der Ham’s favourite object. What do you think it is? Leave your comment on our Facebook page

65 more nights

Only 65 more nights until we welcome back these ‘companion portraits’ by Piero di Cosimo, by far the most important paintings of the Florentine Renaissance in the Netherlands. On the left is the son Giuliano da Sangallo and on the right is his father. The paintings have been marvellously restored in our restoration workshop.

66 more nights

Only 66 more nights until you see a new Rijksmuseum that has been made possible thanks to a great many people and institutions. One of which is the BankGiro Loterij, who yesterday donated a wonderful additional contribution of 820.000 euros for the activities surrounding the opening on 13 April. We really welcome that!

67 more nights

Only 67 more nights until everyone can enter the museum again. And if you become our Friend, you will never have to stand in line. And you will be invited to the preview on 7 April.

68 more nights

Only 68 more nights until we can see all the Old Masters again. But today we get to see the New Masters as well, because today the new away strip of the Netherlands national football team is being unveiled in the Rijksmuseum.

69 more nights

Only 69 more nights until you can view our collection of Japanese prints again (on request in the library). This, as you undoubtedly saw, is actor Sawamura Tanosuke in the role of a courtesan in the snow.

70 more nights

Only 70 more nights until 68 brand-new museum tour guides can’t wait to take you on an interesting guided tour.

71 more nights

Only 71 more nights until you can see this brilliant new acquisition, the Somaskanda group, a bronze sculpture dating from c. 1100 representing the ‘holy family’: Shiva, Uma and Skanda.

The BankGiro Lottery has contributed to the acquisition of the somaskanda sculpture.

72 more nights

Only 72 more nights until everyone can share the astonishment our curators felt when re-examining these antlers. They discovered that they are from a moose that lived around the year 1000. As one of the oldest objects in the collection, the antlers will be given a place of honour in the new museum.

73 more nights

Only 73 more nights until we get to see prints from the world famous Print Room again, in various corner cabinets throughout the building.

74 more nights

Only 74 more nights until Queen Beatrix will open the new Rijksmuseum. It will be one of her last great appearances before she abdicates. We are honoured (and a bit emotional). This Thursday we will open the presentation Beatrix Regina, featuring 30 photos of her life and work.

75 more nights

Only 75 more nights until we'll find Love… The face of love (1963) by Sanne Sannes.

76 more nights

Only 76 more nights until some ladies will get seriously jealous of our fantastic jewelry presentation, supported by the Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

77 more nights

Only 77 more nights. In the meantime we're making lots of Friends (and we'll have a drink with them soon).

78 more nights

Only 78 more nights until you'll see our impressive early photography collection. This is the Railroad Bridge in Rotterdam by Hameter.

79 more nights

Only 79 more nights until you can see the highlights of our famous costume collection. Including the ‘Mondrian’ dress by Yves Saint Laurent.

80 more nights

Only 80 more nights until you can take a romantic stroll in our renovated gardens.

81 more nights

Only 81 more nights until the Teekenschool opens, our all-new educational centre. Today is the first day of the NOT Education Fair, where we’ll be presenting our brand new educational programme.

82 more nights

Only 82 more nights until you can visit the Rijksmuseum Library and ask to see this portrait of Rem Koolhaas that has won the National Photographic Portrait Prize yesterday. The portrait is donated by photographer Stephan Vanfleteren.

83 more nights

Only 83 more nights until the new museum shop opens. In the meantime: historic sale in the old shop! 50% off!

84 more nights

Only 84 more nights until you can compare Berckheyde’s two views of the Herengracht, painted in 1671 and 1685.

85 more nights

Only 85 more nights until we’ll drink a Heineken beer together. Starting today, Heineken is our new sponsor. Cheers!

86 more nights

Only 86 more nights until you can hear our youngest child scream (with joy!). This Hendrik de Keyser sculpture from around 1610 is a recent donation.

87 more nights

Only 87 more nights until you can see this model submarine dating from – believe it or not – 1840. The submarine was an invention by Antoine Lipkens, who, incidentally, also founded the predecessor to the Delft University of Technology.

88 more nights

Only 88 more nights until everyone can come in (if you join our Friends now, you’ll even have a preview at the weekend before the official opening!)

89 more nights

Only 89 more nights until you can see this phenomenal self-portrait of Jan Gregor van der Schardt from 1573.

90 more nights

Only 90 more nights until you can wander around the new spacious atrium, with the Rijksmuseum Shop and the Groot Café (Grand Café).

91 more nights

Only 91 more nights until you can see what is probably the only sculpture in a museum of a man looking at an engine.

92 more nights

Only 92 more nights until you can visit the Rijksmuseum Library and ask to see photos from our collection, like this fantastic one by Willem Diepraam.

93 more nights

Only 93 more nights until you can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the museum, thanks to our new main sponsor, KPN.

94 more nights

Only 94 more nights until we might see your words on our 'path to everlasting glory' under the 128-year-old tree in the garden. Join the competition (in Dutch only)

95 more nights

Only 95 more nights until you can have coffee and traditional Dutch cookies in the Groot Café (Grand Café) without having to buy a ticket.

96 more nights

Only 96 more nights until the brand new Asian Pavilion opens, with displays including this wonderful Guanyin.

97 more nights

Only 97 more nights until you can marvel at the Front Hall restored to its former Cuypers glory.

98 more nights

Only 98 more nights until you can finally visit the 20th century galleries, with displays including the Koolhoven airplane, the Rietveld chair and this Karel Appel.

99 more nights

Only 99 more nights until our largest painting will be on view again: the Battle of Waterloo by Pieneman. It is more than 8 metres wide, nearly 6 metres tall and pretty spectacular.

On show in the new Rijksmuseum