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Top 5 most famous paintings at the Rijksmuseum

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!

The Milkmaid by Johann Vermeer

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.

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

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!

The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman

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!

Early Self Portrait by Rembrandt

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?

The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn

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!

Rijksmuseum: Our Tips

Best time to visit?

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.

How to get there?

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

How much time?

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    The museum is open 365 days a year from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    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 there
    Trams 2, 5, 7, 10 and 12 all stop near the Rijksmuseum. Check the name of the stop before you head out!
  • Additional tips
    • 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

Rijksmuseum was beautiful and had plenty to look at.

We went on a Monday, and there was no line to go into the museum. I believe this ticket would generally save time, but we just got lucky and happened to visit on a very slow day/time. The museum itself is excellent, and had plenty to look at. We went through in about 2 hours and then went straight to the van Gogh museum (I would highly recommend a skip-the-line ticket for that museum).

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Jennifer, 08/15/2017

great experience and well worth the charge

It was very busy but was still able to see everything and there was a lot to see and it was a great experience.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by alan, 08/07/2017

Just great !!! I really enjoyed all the activities.

The City is fabulous and there are so many attractions, so it's better to plan the visits by booking in advance the tickets for your favourite places. I warmly recommand this site.

Amsterdam: Cruise, Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/03/2017

Great place to visit. Pre book to save hassle

Must see but pre book to save time. Can be crowded so allow a good three hours as a minimum visit. Be great if you could get a ticket that allowed you to go back a second day as there is so much to see.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Bernie, 07/23/2017

I couldn't believe how easy it was to get in to such a major museum.

It was good to be able to arrive in our own time, and get straight on with looking at the pictures. And you do need the time - we spent nearly three hours on one floor alone!

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Helen, 07/15/2017

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