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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
Our tour and our tour guide ,Michael were most amazing!!!!!! Michael was not only extremely helpful and knowledgeable,he also was an art historian and his depth of knowledge and enthusiasm was contagious. I would give more than just 5 stars for this tour. I would give 10 stars,especially for Michael!!! Thank you very very much indeed!!! Alex Hamilton and Sara McNeil United States, Southern California
Well done to the team who managed the seemingly impossible task of bringing together such a collaboration between nations, cultural organisations and individual owners of these amazing works. It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to enjoy and admire them. Thank you.
Rolf Schreuder was the perfect guide. Punctionally arriving at our hotel and waiting for us all to arrive. He then led us around the Rijks Museum and the High Society exhibition with interesting information, a good sense of humour and a perfect judgement of the needs and attention of all members of the party. He totally added to our enjoyment of the morning
A breathtaking museum to visit, staff helpful, wish it could stay open beyond 5pm.
Pieter was the best art history guide we’ve ever had. We loved every minute of the day.