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The Rijksmuseum is one of the largest and most popular museums in the Netherlands. The museum’s extensive collection shows iconic art and a wide range of works that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch and world history. Located on the popular Museumplein, Rijksmuseum is where you discover breathtakingly beautiful paintings by Dutch Masters such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, and Frans Hals.
The Rijksmuseum is most definitely the best-known museum in Amsterdam and an absolute must-see for anyone interested in art and culture. The building itself is an overwhelming structure to see, which gives an extra dimension to all the amazing artworks that are being exhibited inside. The absolute showpiece of the Rijksmuseum is the world-famous Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn, which is located at the very centre of the museum.
Among the other featured artists in the Rijksmuseum are:
Watch the video below to get a good impression of the treasures that are awaiting you at maybe the most impressive museum when it comes down to artworks originating from The Netherlands.
Experience it for yourself and discover the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age in the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum is also the perfect place for a wide variety of art exhibitions and special activities. There is always something going on in the Rijksmuseum. With tours, guides, and courses for families and children, the 8,000 art treasures in the museum come alive. Go on an adventure and meet the brutal Japanese temple guards and the brave men on the Night Watch, paint a masterpiece just like Rembrandt and be inspired by the artworks of Vermeer. Think of beautiful doll houses, a wealth of silverware, the best Delftware and the many iconic painters that Dutch history is rich in. In short, the Rijksmuseum is definitely one of the must-see attractions in Amsterdam. Book your tickets today and avoid having to stand in line!
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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands. The museum is on the popular Museumplein and has more than 200 rooms, home to artifacts that showcase all about the history and art of the Netherlands. We paid a visit to the museum and took some pictures.
Replicas of old ships from the Dutch Golden age at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Painting at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The Nightwatch by Rembrandt van Rhijn
Grandpa Clock at the Rijksmuseum.
A collection of old muskets at the Rijksmuseum.
An old armor at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
More Grandpa Clocks and Chinas at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Model of a Pagoda at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
China dolls at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Collection of ceramics at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Vintage guitars at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Old Delft Blue wares at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Finding your way in a museum can sometimes be difficult. Fortunately, the Rijksmuseum has come up with something very clever and fun! With the “1 Kilometre Route” visitors enjoy a kilometer long of centuries of artworks and artifacts that the museum has in its collection. There are also all kinds of puzzles to solve: an array of interesting questions and games to keep the visit to the museum as fun as possible.
A visit to the Rijksmuseum is a rare opportunity to dive into the world of renown Dutch masters, one of which is Rembrandt. View the largest collection of Rembrandts work ever in one exhibition and discover why Rembrandt is still one of the greatest artists in the world.
The Rijksmuseum is home to both permanent and temporary exhibitions and has recently launched one called “Alle Rembrandts.” For the first time ever, the museum will show all of Rembrandt’s works in their collection — simultaneously in one exhibition. No fewer than 22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 prints can be enjoyed and admired by visitors from all over the world. Since the Rijksmuseum has the largest and most prominent collection of Rembrandt’s work in the world, “Alle Rembrandts” is, therefore, a unique opportunity to see his intimate self-portraits as well as grand scenes and special sketches at the same time and to discover why he still considered a brilliant Dutch artist.
A visit to the Rijksmuseum also presents visitors with a chance to see masterpieces from Dutch and Spanish masters during the “Rembrandt-Velázquez” exhibition. Thanks to a unique collaboration with the Museo del Prado in Madrid, paintings by Spanish masters such as Velázquez, Murillo, and Ribera can be seen for the first time along with Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals.
Isn’t it wonderful and rare that Spanish and Dutch masters can be admired side by side so that you can clearly see what people in the Netherlands and Spain thought about religion, beauty, and emotion? A visit to the Rijksmuseum is a real must for lovers of art from the Golden Age! Don’t miss this opportunity!
Of course, children are always fascinated by Dutch art and history and this is one of the reasons why the Rijksmuseum has fun and interesting tours for families with children. These tours involve a lot of watching listening and engaging activities. There are so many ways for families to explore the Rijksmuseum and with the help of special tools such as ‘family guides.’ The family guide is a fun and attractive activity book that provides everyone in the family with an opportunity to read, puzzle and learn about the world of Rembrandt and Vermeer. The guide also contains fun facts about the history of the Netherlands and the artworks of Dutch masters in the museum. There is also a treasure hunt through the museum in the form of a 3D puzzle and the family game in the Rijksmuseum multimedia tour.
The Rijksmuseum also has children’s activities and courses that are both fun and educating. There are courses and workshops for children from 6 to 8 years and for children from 8 – 12/14 years! These activities take place in the Teekenschool, within walking distance of the museum. Don’t forget to sign your children up for these activities and courses because they teach them about the world they live in, its history and of course, art.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children can come and draw for free in the Picnic Area of the Rijksmuseum. Freestyle and draw a landscape or a shell, or maybe try to sketch an animal in 1 minute! Sketch just like Rembrandt used to. You don’t have to reserve, all you have to do is join and participate at any time you want (excl. Museum ticket).
Would you like to draw under supervision? Then come on Sundays between 2 and 4 pm or on the public holidays from 11 am – 4 pm. Every school year, Rijksmuseum offers all kinds of different creative workshops and courses for children. Also accessible with an I Amsterdam City Pass! All this workshop and courses take place in the Teekenschool, at Hobbemastraat 25.
Masterclasses are also regularly held at the Rijksmuseum on Sunday mornings and well-known Dutch artists and illustrators give a master class for children on the last Sunday of the month. This is perfect for children who have the ambition to become an illustrator or an artist.
The Rijksmuseum regularly organizes tours, drawing workshops, or even special youth theatre programs for children. There is also a Rijksmuseum kindergarten tour for children from ages 4 – 12. Children also get to play in the Rijksmuseum’s gardens, especially in the fountain, so it is highly recommended to bring a towel. There is also the “You and the Golden Age” which is actually an exciting experience with a quest through the museum in which the collection of the Dutch golden age, the 17th century, plays a central role. It is a theatre show in the museum and the lively and funny actors all make it special for the kids.
It is not necessary to reserve tickets for the special activities at the Rijksmuseum. Would you like to combine the special family day activities with a tour through the Rijksmuseum? Then order your regular tickets via the blue bar on this page. Children up to the age of 18 and museum card or city pass holders can enter for free! Do you have another type of card? Ask at the front desk if you can also enter for free!
There is a new edition of the Rijkmuseum Escape Game: In the shadow of Rembrandt. The Escape Game is suitable for 2-5 people and for children from 6 years. It tells the exciting story of Rijksmuseum employee Bart, who is still busy with his research into Rembrandt after closing time. As he turns a page, he sees an old sketch with a very strange date …
This is the start of a game that takes you straight through the museum, meant for real code crackers. Can you help Bert in his discovery? Take part in the escape game and see how far you can go. It’s all more fun when you do it as a group of friends or as a family.
The Rijksmuseum is open 7 days a week 365 days a year, including national holidays like King’s day, Christmas day and New Year’s day.
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If you’re into art or history, you definitely don’t want to miss out on Rijksmuseum. The museum is home to 8,000 artistic and historical objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from the year 1200 right up to the present. There are pieces to be seen by the most influential artists in Dutch history. The must-sees according to the Rijksmuseum are:
This depends totally from person to person, but we advise at least 1.5-2 hours as there is so much to see. If you really want to go a little bit more in-depth with the artifacts to be seen and some more background information, one can spend up to 4 hours easily.
The majestic building that houses the museum was opened in 1885, after 8 years of construction. The building was designed by Dutch Architect Pierre Cuypers. Between 2003 and 2013 the building has been completely renovated.
Yes, you are allowed to take photos in the museum.
Only handbags and purses, no bigger than an A4 paper are allowed in. There’s a cloakroom where you can leave small-sized backs and daypacks free of charge. However, you can not leave large size suitcases at the cloakroom. In case you have checked out of your accommodation, we advise you to find a luggage storage point in Amsterdam to store your luggage.
There is the Grandfather’s clock, the medieval prayer nuts, the ring weapon, the model ship William Rex, the dollhouses, the library, the jewels of the special collections, the dioramas of Suriname, the milkmaid, the temple guards, the Nova Zembla clock, the girl in blue, the collector’s cabinet, etc.
Tickets for the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum can be acquired from the entrance. Though we strongly advise purchasing your tickets online, as this will save you loads of time. It’s pretty much always busy in the Rijksmuseum, no matter time of the day or year. National holidays and weekends make the queue even longer. But don’t worry, with the blue button below you can order your e-ticket in advance. You will receive your e-ticket on your mobile phone and will be able to walk right in.
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|I Amsterdam city card and Museum cardholders
It doesn’t feel very good wasting your precious time in Amsterdam in the long queues pictured above? If you use the blue button to order your tickets, you will receive vouchers instantly on your mobile phone. You can walk straight to the entrance, check-in and immediately start your tour of the museum. It’s even better when you are with children because children can be quite impatient and don’t like standing in queues.
The Rijksmuseum offers 50% discount for visitors in possession of the European Youth Card, Amsterdam City Card or Cultureel Jongerenpaspoort (Dutch Cultural Youth card). Minors under 18 years of age get free admittance to the Rijksmuseum.
If you don’t have any of the cards listed above, but still would like to have a discount you can buy a combination ticket. There are several combination tickets available that offer a solid discount up to €17,- per ticket. If you combine you’re Rijksmuseum and Hop-on Hop-Off bus and boat tour, you would normally pay 17,50+39= €56,50. The combi-ticket, however, is available for only €39,-.
Rijksmuseum is located on the popular Museumplein. As the museum is located in the city center, so it is advisable to use public transport, a bicycle or just go on foot. From de Leidseplein (Leidse Square) it’s just a 10-minute walk to the Rijksmuseum. The Stedelijk, Van Gogh and Moco museums are also within walking distance. Scroll down to find information on public transport and a city map to find the museum either by foot or by bike.
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From lots of areas in Amsterdam, there trams available to take you to the Rijksmuseum. Depending on where you hop on the tram you either have to get out at the stop Rijksmuseum, Museumplein or Spiegelgracht. The following trams will take you to these stops:
From Amsterdam Sloterdijk:
From Amsterdam Amstel:
Tram 12, heading to Amsterdam Central Station, stop Rijksmuseum
From Amsterdam Zuid WTC:
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The Rijks is known to be the best museum in Amsterdam. But what did you think of the museum? Did it live up to your expectations? How much time did you spend in the museum? Was it well worth the money? Do you think it's overrated? Please leave your review of the Rijksmuseum and help out other travellers to decide whether or not the museum is something for them to go and see.
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Great museum! There’s always stuff going on. The exhibit about Rembrandt is really worth it.Especially the honor gallery is very impressive. I can really recommend this museum!
There was just so much to see that I couldn’t really concentrate on anything. Taking into account the size of the museum it was just a bit of an overwhelming experience.
There is so much to see in the Rijksmuseum! It’s amazing how close you can stand to these world famous artworks.
If you’re interested in art, culture and history the Rijksmuseum is a must!
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