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. Absolute showpiece of the Rijksmuseum is the world famous Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn, which is located at the very center of the museum.
Among the other featured artists in the Rijksmuseum you’ll find:
- Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)
- Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
- Jan Havicksz. Steen (ca. 1625-1679)
- Frans Hals (ca. 1582-1666)
- many more…
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…
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Introduction video: Rijksmuseum
Opening hours Rijksmuseum
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.
|Monday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Tuesday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Wednesday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Thursday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Friday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Saturday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Sunday||09:00 – 17:00|
Rijksmuseum Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I visit Rijksmuseum, what’s there to see?
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:
- Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn’s most famous painting.
- Gallery of Honour with paintings of Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
- A gorgeous collection of Delft Blue pottery ranging from tea sets to vases.
- Cuypers Library, the biggest and oldest art history library in the Netherlands.
- Unique dolls’ houses that provide a detailed view of everyday life in the 17th century.
- Complete collections of miniature silverwork, musical instruments, glass, porcelain, an impressive armoury and a large number of ship models.
How long do I need for my visit?
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 artefacts to be seen and some more background information, one can spend up to 4 hours easily.
Where is Rijksmuseum located?
Who built the Rijksmuseum?
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.
Can I take photos in Rijksmuseum?
Yes, you are allowed to take photos in the museum.
Am I allowed to take my luggage into 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.
Rijksmuseum prices, tickets and discounts
Tickets for the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum can be acquired from entrance. Though we strongly advice to purchase your tickets online, as this will save you loads of time. It’s pretty much always busy in the Rijks, 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.
|Under 18 years old||Free|
|I amsterdam city card holders||Free|
Skip-the-line tickets for the Rijksmuseum
Wouldn’t you feel a bit silly wasting your precious time in Amsterdam in the humongous line pictured above? You should! Especially with the knowledge that there’s no need to. If you use the blue button to order, you will receive vouchers instantly on your mobile phone. You can walk straight to the entrance while you laugh at the people in the queue. Easy as that!
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Discount tickets for Rijksmuseum
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.
Combi discount tickets
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,-.
The pictures below were taken on a single visit to Rijksmuseum. This is just a very small impression of the high quality art treasures that you can expect. Discover the wealthy history of the Netherlands by yourself in the Rijksmuseum.
Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older, showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses – Rembrandt van Rijn
Address, contact information and route to the museum
As the museum is located in the city centre it is advisable to use public transport, a bicycle or just walk your way to the museum. From de Leidseplein (Leidse Square) it’s just a 10 minute walk to the Rijksmuseum. Scroll down to find information on public transport and a city map to find the museum either by foot or by bike.
1071 XX Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 6747 000
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 Central Station:
- Subway 52, heading to Station Zuid, stop Vijzelgracht
- Tram 2, heading to Nieuw Sloten, stop Rijksmuseum
- Tram 12, heading to Amstelstation, stop Rijksmuseum
- Tram 24, heading to VU Medisch Centrum, stop Vijzelgracht
From Amsterdam Sloterdijk:
- Tram 19, heading to Diemen Sniep, stop Spiegelgracht
- Train to Amsterdam Central Station, follow instructions from there on.
From Amsterdam Amstel:
Tram 12, heading to Amsterdam Central Station, stop Rijksmuseum
From Amsterdam Zuid WTC:
- Subway 52, heading to Noord, stop Vijzelgracht
- Tram 5, heading to Van Hallstraat, Rijksmuseum
Are you not sure where you are located at this point or which tram to take? Please use the button below to get accurate, real-time travel advice based on your current location.
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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!