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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

Great to bypass all the Malay of ques....

The Rijksmuseum is a must see for Amsterdam and this ticket helps you get in and on to looking quickly!

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Robin, 06/18/2017

Just like the ticket said - we skipped the line!

It was great not to waste our few days waiting in museum lines. Worked like a charm. (We even had the wrong day inadvertently, but it didn't make any difference. They scanned the tickets and voila we were in.)

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/15/2017

I have never been so drawn in by paintings as at this museum.

This museum was the best. I did not expect to stay two hours, but in fact, I was there for three. Normally I am not so interested in paintings, but the works there are amazing!

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Heidi, 06/13/2017

A great experience but felt venue could be better sign-posted inside.

A terrific opportunity to view the works of the masters. It really needs a number of visits to take it all in...

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Francis, 06/12/2017

the museum is now perfect for the marvellous art

the rehabilitation of the building is perfect, and the art and this old museum now improve each other in a beautiful way.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Kirsten, 05/31/2017

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