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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

Great guide, was she very interesting and great value.

Our guide was excellent. Very informative about the art and Dutch history. Made the tour very interesting. Was good to be able to go straight into the museums. Canal tour was nice break.

An AMAZING tour with Isabel — highlight of our trip!

Our family of 4 from the US (two parents, two kids, ages 11 and 12) splurged on a private tour of the beautiful Rijksmuseum and it was hands-down the highlight of our 2-week vacation. Upon booking, it was a bit confusing in terms of timing and meeting place but the contact, Rolf, was communicative and timely. Rolf wasn't available for the tour but our substitute, Isabel, was simply perfect. Friendly, engaging and above all knowledgable. The tour was well-organized and thoughtfully paced. She wove art history with current-day analogies that brought the art to life for our entire family. Can't recommend enough.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Private Tour Reviewed by Molly, 07/08/2018

Great museum - strong focus on Dutch painting

Very interesting to follow Dutch painting through history - and of course the masters Rembrandt and Vermeer. The audio guide was very confusing, very hard to find the paintings, but interesting when it worked. Too big to see in one day, we had to select a few things. Good restaurant and cafe - you need that on a long museum day :-)

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Mette, 06/21/2018

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

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

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