The museum's collection comprises around one million objects representing various arts and crafts from the years 1200 to 2000. Only a small fraction of the collection, around 8,000 objects, are on display - but that's still more than enough for one day.
The museum also holds a small number of works from Asia, many of which arrived in the Netherlands due to the extensive trading networks and numerous colonies of the Dutch Empire, which stretched from the east coast of the Americas to Malaysia.
Dutch history isn't all plain sailing. The nation only truly achieved its independence from Spain after a war lasting 80 years, between 1568–1648. Over the following centuries, the small, rich nation was challenged time and time again...
...so maybe it's no wonder then that the Dutch were responsible for many military developments and advances in arms and armour. The Rijksmuseum armoury collects some of the swords, guns, and suits of armour that helped the Dutch defend their small patch of land.