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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!

Our insider 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 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 there
    Trams 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

Me and my wife Sara enjoyed this tour TREMENDOUSLY!

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

Skip the Line: Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum with Canal Lunch Reviewed by Alexander, 05/29/2018

simply fantastic - a privilege- an amazing exhibition -thank you

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.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by jennifer, 05/11/2018

Marvellous Guide who judged the pace and interest of us perfectly

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

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Private Tour Reviewed by Harriet, 04/21/2018

There wasn't a line to skip, but it was good to have it organised.

A breathtaking museum to visit, staff helpful, wish it could stay open beyond 5pm.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Judith, 04/18/2018

Our guide was exceptionable: knowledgeable, personal and professional.

Pieter was the best art history guide we’ve ever had. We loved every minute of the day.

Skip the Line: Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum with Canal Lunch Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/16/2018

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