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Top sights in Amsterdam
As well as historical artifacts, the Netherlands' national museum boasts much of the country's best art. With over 2,000 works from the Dutch Golden Age by luminaries like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Vermeer, here are a few must-sees to help plan your visit!
A drizzle of milk is the only movement in Vermeer's exemplary study of a woman engaged in daily routine – as much the artist's trademark as his exquisite rendering of light.
This early self-portrait captures the artist's transition into the Post-Impressionist style that would define his seminal works. A perfect aperitif for the nearby Van Gogh Museum!
Though storm clouds linger over Napoleon's army, a patch of sunlight pierces through to illuminate the Anglo-Dutch heroes. No prizes for guessing which side the artist was on!
Unusual for a self-portrait, Rembrandt's face is cast in shadow. Is he commenting on the vanity of his contemporaries, or have we just been duped into paying closer attention?
Asselijn's swan adopts an almost kung-fu-like stance against an approaching hound. Though its intentions are unclear, it was soon adopted as a symbol of national resistance!
The Rijksmuseum is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM every day of the year (yep, even Christmas!). To avoid queues, arrive before 10:00AM or after 3:00PM, although the latter won't allow you time to see much. April, May, and August are its busiest months, when visitors can expect to queue for about half an hour at peak times.
The Rijksmuseum is located in Museumplein (Museum Square) in Amsterdam South. It can be reached via trams 2 and 5 to the Rijksmuseum tram stop, 7 and 12 to Museumplein, and 10 to Spiegelgracht.v
Obviously some visitors will prefer to take their time with each artwork, while others may have an itinerary of the best bits so they can skip the rest. Either way, plan a minimum of 2-3 hours there.
- When should I visit?The museum is open 365 days a year from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
- Is it expensive?Adult ticket prices start at 17.50€.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check our these best-selling tours.
- How to get thereTrams 2, 5, 7, 10 and 12 all stop near the Rijksmuseum. Check the name of the stop before you head out!
- Additional information
- The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Shop and Café are open to visitors without a ticket.
- Visitors under 18 gain free admission to the museum.
What people are saying about Rijksmuseum
This was our first visit to the Rijksmuseum and we had limited time on this trip so were only able to stay for just over two hours. However we took the 1hr highlights tour with a fabulous guide and round that we fitted in a visit to the ground floor exhibits which were fascinating and well presented. So much more to see - we will definitely return. I would definitely recommend booking in advance with a skip the queue entry ticket to speed things up as the museum is obviously very popular.
Allow plenty of time to view all the material but we were lucky that an exhibition for Rembrant which made it very special.
We enjoyed this cruise around Amsterdam in the bright sunshine, not only the sights and history of this lovely city, but also very much enjoyed the narration and humour of the captain, who was super fun :) Would highly recommend :)
We really enjoyed seeing and learning about beautiful Amsterdam during our covered canal cruise and will go on it again next time we visit Amsterdam. Similarly, Rijksmuseum is amazing and worthy of multiple visits.
An excellent couple of visits in one day each side of the Van Gogh Museum, but I wish I had had more time. I must visit again. The paintings were most enjoyable, and the café/restaurant was excellent. The gallery was spacious enabling full appreciation of the limited number of paintings that I was able to view.