The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the most visited museums of the Netherlands. It is famous for Rembrandt’s painting De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch), Vermeer’s Melkmeisje (Milk Maid) and Pieneman’s De Slag bij Waterloo (The Battle of Waterloo).
Every genealogist who has Dutch ancestors should visit the Rijksmuseum online. Not only because of the beautiful virtual tour they offer, but to browse through their digital collection.
The catalogue contains more than 685,000 objects of which a large part is digitized. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, crockery, archaeological finds, books. It is all there.
Even those who do not have ancestors from the Netherlands can take a look at this amazing collection. It also has old photographs from Salt Lake City, New York or Sydney, maps from Capetown or etchings from ships that were in the service of the Dutch East India Company.
Best part… the images of these objects are available for everybody. You only need a free account to download the images, which are free of copyright. We use the digital collection frequently, when we are in need of illustrations for our articles, client reports or presentations.
Give it a try… www.rijksmuseum.nl!