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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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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
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.
- When to visitThe 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 thereTrams 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
An amazing experience from start to finish one visit is just the tip of the iceberg!
Make sure you have at least 3 hours ahead of you if you wish to discover the most iconic works of art of Dutch artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. My advice would be to start from the top 3rd floor and then backwards to ground zero.
Our group of eight thoroughly enjoyed the trip - so more than others with the prosecco.
We had a great time and found the canal trip very useful for accessing museums etc. Just loved the bus for its commentary and interesting sights, i would definitiely recommended this service - especially for first time visitors - a great way to see a new place on limited time and budget!!!
Very friendly staff, especially the boat driver who took us to places off his normal route and was full of interesting facts about a city which he obviously loved.