- Get up close to 800 years of Dutch art and history with 8,000 objects across 80 galleries - including renowned masterpieces Night Watch by Rembrandt and The Milkmaid by Vermeer, plus fantastic temporary exhibitions
- The most-visited museum of the the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum can have lengthy ticket lines. Our skip the line tickets get you in via the Fast Lane
- It's not just paintings - Rijksmuseum has sculptures, an exhibition of clothing and weapons, and one of the finest libraries you'll ever see. Even the passageway outside manages to be monumental!
The Rijksmuseum has over 5,000 paintings (including Rembrandt's Night Watch), and an emphasis on the Dutch Golden Age. Its collection spans over 800 years of art history in a beautifully restored building. Located smack-dab in the heart of Amsterdam's Museumplein, the Rijks is an Amsterdam must-see.
The National Museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum recently underwent a ten-year, €375 million renovation. It's come out looking great - airy, bright and inviting. Plus, it's filled with more paintings and objets d'art than you can possibly absorb in an afternoon's ramble. Still, it's fun to give it a try.
There's a definite emphasis on the Dutch Golden Age - the 17th century period when Rembrandt, Vermeer and many other artists found fame, and occasionally fortune. The Rijksmuseum collection showcases art from 1200-2000.
The highlight is Rembrandt's Night Watch, also known by its much longer title Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq. Vermeer's The Milkmaid is another famous classic to be viewed here, but there are many other lesser-known, but equally intriguing works of art that provide a window into life in another time.
Another favorite - though under-rated section - is the weapons and ship models, with its exotic, ornate and even combat-used weapons.
Frans Post + Hercules Segers - from October 7 2016 to January 8 2017
The spectacular Rijksmuseum is currently showing two exhibitions: Frans Post’s Animals in Brazil and a full retrospective of the work of Hercules Segers. The former includes works from Post’s seven-year adventure in the northeast of Brazil, which was ruled by the Dutch in the 17th century.
The latter casts a light on the mysterious Hercules Segers. Segers painted imaginary landscapes when his Golden Age contemporaries were experimenting with Realism. His against-the-grain sensibility attracted admirers like Rembrandt.
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- Downloadable English audio guide (see ticket)
How to use your tickets
- Enter the museum via the 'People with tickets' lane. Show the digital ticket on your smartphone at the entrance to the galleries
- Your ticket is valid for the whole day, so you can grab some lunch near the museum and visit the museum again when you're done
Download the audio guide via the Rijksmuseum app (via the museum's free WiFi). Earphones can also be bought at the museum. Available in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Russian and Mandarin.
Rijks, this busy museum's restaurant, is one of the best in the city. It's open for lunch and dinner and, if the weather cooperates, the terrace is a lovely place where to eat and relax.