Rembrandt’s House Museum, the place where the Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) lived between 1639 and 1659, houses an extensive collection of etchings by the Master, paintings by artists from whom he drew inspiration and numerous personal objects of the artist.
The Museum, opened in 1911, faithfully reconstructs the painter’s home and workshop through period furniture and objects and displays a collection of 260 works by Rembrandt. It also has a wing where temporary exhibitions are held on artists who were influenced by the master.
The Rembrandt House Museum (Rembrandthuis in Dutch) is a must-see for anyone who wants to learn more not only about the life of this famous painter but also about the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ in general. The building that housed Rembrandt in Amsterdam was built at the beginning of the 17th century and its façade was painted at the time in a bright golden colour that still decorates its front wall today.
In 1906, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the painter’s birth, a foundation was created that bought this building and decided to start a restoration project to create a museum open to the public. Thus, in 1910, the Amsterdam Rembrandt House Museum opened its doors to visitors, presenting a reconstruction of the rooms of the house and workshop where the painter created many of his works.
In particular, here are furnishings, furniture and objects restored as they were at the time in combination with the creations of Rembrandt and other Dutch painters of the time. Indeed, the Dutch artist liked to spend large sums of money at public auctions to buy paintings from different schools, sculptures, carpets, oriental fabrics, but also engravings and drawings, and many of these items he acquired are still on display here.
In addition, an area of the museum is used for temporary exhibitions that allow visitors to discover the work of other artists predecessors and contemporaries of Rembrandt.
Tickets for the Rembrandthuis can be purchased conveniently online or at the museum ticket offices. Reduced-price tickets are available for students and children between the ages of 6 and 17: children under the age of 6 get in free, if accompanied by an adult, of course.
Rembrandt’s House Museum is one of the attractions included in the Amsterdam city cards, both the official I Amsterdam City Card and the two Go City cards, the Explorer Pass and theAll-Inclusive Pass. You can see which card is most convenient for you on the Amsterdam City Card page.
The Rembrandt House Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00. Closed days during the year: 25 December and 27 April (King’s Day).
The Rembrandt House Museum can be easily reached from Dam Square in less than 10 minutes on foot, or from Amsterdam Centraal Station in 15 minutes. Those wishing to travel by public transport can take tram No. 14 to the Waterlooplein stop or alternatively take the metro to the Nieuwemarkt station (exit Hoogstraat).
Rembrandt's House Museum is less than 1 km from Dam Square and close to Waterloopleinmarkt, Amsterdam's most famous flea market.
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