The Rijksmuseum has marked an unprecedented year, culminating in the most attended exhibition in its history, a four-month showcase of Vermeer’s masterpieces. This highlight is part of a broader narrative of success and innovation at the Netherlands’ premier art museum, which saw 2.7 million visitors in 2023, offering an average experience rating of 8.5. The museum has not only enchanted visitors on-site but also expanded its reach globally, with 8.2 million online visitors and a social media reach of 77 million.

The Vermeer exhibition, “Closer to Johannes Vermeer,” has been a critical and public favorite, drawing over 650,000 visitors, thanks to extended opening times. Additionally, an online 360° tour and the “Closer to Johannes Vermeer” online experience have allowed nearly a million global viewers to enjoy Vermeer’s work from the comfort of their homes. This digital venture underscores the Rijksmuseum’s commitment to making art accessible to all, regardless of geographical or physical barriers.

2023 also saw the Rijksmuseum make significant strides in international diplomacy and collaboration. The “Slavery. Ten True Stories of Dutch Colonial Slavery” exhibition was displayed at the United Nations Headquarters, followed by a global tour, reinforcing the museum’s role in promoting historical awareness and dialogue.

The museum’s innovative spirit was further evidenced through “Match,” a collaborative initiative with Dutch museums to exhibit masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum alongside local collections, attracting over 140,000 visitors. The acquisition of Rembrandt’s “The Standard Bearer” for permanent display, following a national tour, was another historic moment, symbolizing the museum’s dedication to preserving and sharing Dutch cultural heritage.

The Rijksmuseum’s mission to engage younger audiences was highlighted by “Mission Masterpiece,” an ‘activity exhibition’ that transformed the Phillips Wing into a learning hub. The museum’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was evident in its “Women of the Rijksmuseum” initiative, which aims to highlight female contributions to art and culture.

In terms of sustainability, the Rijksmuseum has made significant strides by replacing gas heating with heat pumps, achieving a 97% reduction in gas consumption and initiating the GoGreen project for environmentally friendly conservation practices.

Accessibility initiatives, such as the “Closer to Vermeer” project, have brought replicas of Vermeer’s works to nursing homes and elderly centers, ensuring that art remains accessible to all. A new navigation system for visually impaired visitors further underscores the museum’s inclusive approach.

Looking ahead to 2024, the Rijksmuseum promises an exciting lineup, including a major Frans Hals exhibition and a showcase of 4,000 years of Asian bronze art. These future exhibitions, alongside ongoing initiatives and acquisitions, underscore the Rijksmuseum’s role as a beacon of art, history, and culture, reliant on the vital support of government subsidies, corporate contributions, donations, and its community of Friends and benefactors.

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