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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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 10,870 reviews

Beautiful museum poor direction to boat trip

Loved the ease of getting ticket and easy access to museum had to use Google maps to get to boat trip note it is the red kiosk to left of front of museum. We went to this kiosk twice and we were sent on wild goose chase to find boat which so spoilt the experience. Finding the set off point was where we started was irratating and meant an hour wasted. It was so out of step with the hospitality of amsterdam

Awesome artwork & building, will leave a lasting memory of Amsterdam.

Had a great day wandering leisurely through the museum. It was a wet day with crowds of people but all ran smoothly once our bags were stored in Cloak room. Nice lunch was had at the restaurant, toilets were clean & free, displays & artwork truly impressive. Was a buzz to see Rembrandt & Van Gogh masterpieces up close. Very enjoyable day.

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Met expectations for online book.On arrival-easy to facilitate entrry.

Easy to navigate website to book tickets. Unlike some other bookings we tried to plan before our trip, this one went well when we arrived at the museum. We had no problems with entrance. skip the line worked as stated. Early booking prior to our trip insured we were able to have entrance. Excellent experience.

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Super easy option to get around when visiting Amsterdam!

This was my second time visiting Amsterdam and using the iAmsterdam card. It was really easy to get around via public transportation with the card. It also included free tours/discounts on many of the must visit places. This is definitely highly recommended to get around when visiting Amsterdam.

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IF your going to the museums this is a huge cost saver

This has most of the museums entrance fee as well as complete transportation around the city with, Tram, Subway, Train, and Bus. It is a really great way to get around and save a great deal of money.

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