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Rembrandt House Museum: Unveiling Masterpieces & History

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Amsterdam, known for its rich history and lively culture, is home to the remarkable Rembrandt House Museum (Museum Het Rembrandthuis), a unique destination that showcases the life and works of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The museum allows visitors to step back and experience life as the famed artist once did.

Situated in the city center on Jodenbreestraat, the Rembrandt House Museum provides an intimate look at the man behind the art and the creative environment in which he thrived.

Below, you’ll find all of my unique photos from visiting the Rembrandt House Museum several times to help guide you on the visitor experience. I hope you appreciate this aspect’s uniqueness and the direct personal experience I can offer (after all, I’m an Amsterdam resident). If you are interested in a free walking tour of Amsterdam, contact me in advance, and I’ll gladly show you around.

This historical museum allows you to immerse yourself in the world of these renowned artists and serves as a hub for new perspectives and shared experiences. It encourages people of all ages to engage with art, offering interactive programs and guided tours to make its exhibit more accessible.

During the early 1600s, Rembrandt became a talented painter and printmaker, relocating to Amsterdam to further his career. The city’s flourishing art scene provided the perfect backdrop for his work as he navigated an open market teeming with fellow artists, all vying for recognition and success.

Amsterdam’s role in Rembrandt’s life and career is beautifully showcased through museums, the Rembrandt House Museum and the Rijksmuseum, allowing the chance to explore the legacy of this influential artist from multiple angles.

History of the Museum

Front of Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), Amsterdam
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The Rembrandt House Museum, also known as Museum Het Rembrandthuis, is located in Rembrandt van Rijn’s former 17th century house in the Jodenbreestraat, where many rich merchants lived.

Rembrandt purchased the building, which served as the renowned Dutch painter’s residence, studio, and art dealership between 1639 and 1658. Rembrandt lived here during the peak of his artistic career.

In 1906, during the “Rembrandt Year” (his tercentenary), a foundation was established to purchase the painter’s former house. After a thorough restoration, the historic house where the artist lived was officially opened in 1911. The museum is a detailed reconstruction of Rembrandt’s former living and working quarters, offering a glimpse into his life.

Aside from being the only place where you can experience how Rembrandt lived, the exhibition center provides valuable insights into the man behind the art. It highlights his pivotal role during the thriving period of Amsterdam’s cultural and commercial scene in the early 1600s.

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Rembrandt’s Artworks

Inside Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
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In the museum, explore the works of a great artist while experiencing the authentic atmosphere of his home, students’ studio, and workshop. Here, we’ll delve into the different types of artwork in this cultural institution’s collection.

Paintings

Rembrandt's Workshop Inside His House
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The exhibition center has just a small selection of Rembrandt’s paintings since the center’s primary focus is to display the atmosphere in which he lived and worked. A more extensive collection of his paintings can be found at the Rijksmuseum.

Etchings

Rembrandt Etchings at museum Het Rembrandthuis
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Rembrandt’s etchings are a crucial part of visiting the museum, exhibiting over 300 of the best examples of prints, reflecting his mastery of this art form. Plus, it’s nearly the entire collection of etchings done by Rembrant. This is a great way to learn about his techniques and gain insight into the stories behind each piece.

Drawings

Rembrandt's Self Portrait Drawing
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The exhibition center also has a large collection of Rembrandt’s drawings, capturing a number of subjects and themes. These help paint a complete picture of Rembrandt’s artistic journey and sheds light on his thought process.

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Notable Exhibits

Rembrandt's Personal Collection of Items
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The Rembrandt House Museum hosts an assortment of exciting and impressive exhibits and works in conjunction with other museums in the city, notably the Rijksmuseum. Also, it features several great works of art from some of his pupils and understudies.

One of which, Adriean Brouwer, known for painting tavern scenes, one of my personal favorites is featured here. Here’s the Peasants Playing Cards in a Tavern painting done by him below.

By the way, you should also study up on the Rijksmuseum’s collection, which houses some of Rembrandt’s most significant works. Highlights include The Night Watch, an iconic piece showcasing Rembrandt’s mastery of light and shadow, and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, another essential Dutch Golden Age painting.

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Visitor Information

Front of Museum Rembrandthuis
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Admission Prices and Tickets

This museum is a unique opportunity to explore the artist’s former residence and get a behind the scenes look at his art and life, so do yourself a favor and purchase your tickets in advance. The admission fees are as follows (note: the museum does not require timed entry):

  • Adults: €17,50
  • Students / CJP / ISIC Card: €10
  • Children aged 6 to 17: €6
  • Children under the age of 6: free
  • ICOM: free

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Opening Hours

The museum is open daily from 10 am until 6 pm and is closed on December 25th. The Rijksmuseum is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm and closed on December 25th.

Guided Tours

Inside the Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam
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Tour packages that include these terrific museums are available, as well as free or discounted entry with the Amsterdam GoCity card or the I Amsterdam City Card.

Pair a visit to the museum with a Rijksmuseum guided tour that invite visitors to delve deeper into the world of Dutch masterpieces, including the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh.

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How to Get to the Museum

Public Transportation

Blue and white Amsterdam tram en route to Station RAI
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The museum is conveniently located in the city center and is easily accessible by walking or public transportation. From Amsterdam Central Station, walking to the museum takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, tourists can opt for the metro or tram services:

Bicycle

Exploring Amsterdam by bicycle is a popular and efficient means of transportation, so the museum can be easily reached by bike from several city points. Nearby, there are several bicycle parking options to securely park their bikes while visiting the museum. Make sure to lock your bike properly to prevent theft.

Parking

While parking in the city center can be challenging, there are some options for parking near the museum:

  • Waterlooplein Underground Parking: Waterlooplein 28, 1011 PG Amsterdam
  • Markenhoven: Anne Frankstraat 220, 1011 MP Amsterdam

Please note that parking fees may apply, and you are advised to check the rates before parking.

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Accessibility

Rembrandt House Museum Entrance
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Most of the museum is wheelchair accessible, ensuring that guests with mobility issues can comfortably explore the exhibits and facilities available. Guests have access to an elevator in a newer wing of the building.

This makes areas such as the entrance, museum shop, toilets, and exhibition rooms accessible to wheelchair visitors or those with mobility issues.

However, it should be noted that, owing to its historical structure and preservation, Rembrandt’s original 17th-century house does not have lifts or other accessibility facilities.

Similarly, the Rijksmuseum has made substantial efforts to ensure accessibility in a modern building. All galleries within the Rijksmuseum are wheelchair-accessible, and elevators are available throughout. Additionally, accessible restrooms are available for guests.

The Rembrandt House Museum and the Rijksmuseum demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity, providing an enjoyable and accessible experience for people of all abilities. Please note that guests needing assistance or further information should contact the museum staff, who are happy to help and ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit.

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Nearby Attractions

Giraffes at Royal Artis Zoo, Amsterdam
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While visiting, multiple nearby attractions are worth exploring. These attractions offer diverse experiences that further enrich their visit to Amsterdam.

One popular destination is the Rembrandtplein, a prominent public square named after the famous artist. The square is lined with historic buildings, cafes, and restaurants, making it a great place to relax and soak in the atmosphere.

For art and music enthusiasts, The Concertgebouw is a must-visit location. This world-renowned concert hall is located just a short distance from Rembrandtplein and offers an array of classical music performances. Other notable attractions and things to do near the museum include:

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Where to Stay Near Rembrandt House

Captivating Bronze Statue by Historic Hotel De L'Europe, Amsterdam (source: [Web Strategies](https://webstrategies.com/why-alt-text-is-vital-for-image-seo/))
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There are tons of accommodations to choose from nearby, including fancy hotels and vacation rentals. Here are some of our top picks:

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