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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

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4.4 / 5
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It was very easy to use at the museums that I visited

I wish that I could have started the following day since I arrived late in the day and didn't use it for day one.

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Very good, except disappointed that I had to pay again for visitibng t

The museum was very good. Especially the so called night watch by Rembrandt. It was not so good that you asked added money for the Rembrandt exhibition.

Excellent organization combining history with fun

A highly recommended tour not tiring despite the long duration. Monique our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun taking care of all of us. We enjoyed every minute of our tour if there was one thing to change that would be have a shorter lunch break and add 20 minutes on the Van Gogh museum that was a bit rushed. Great experience thank you

Extraordinary experience, exceptional guide!

My spouse & l had a relatively limited time to enjoy the museum splendors of Amsterdam last week, and especially wanted to “taste” the Rijksmuseum & the special Rembrandt exhibit. We booked a private tour and were paired with certified guide Steven Attersol who was exceptional. He receives our highest accolades. When we return for future holidays in Amsterdam, we plan to arrange at least a day with Steven to fully enjoy & appreciate this wonderful city.

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Vary interesting and amazing cruise through the canals

It was a very interesting and faschinating cruise through the canals of the city. You can listen to all curiosity of the city thanks to the audio guide included. and you also have the opportunity to see all parts of the city crossed by the rivers.

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