Tickets for Rijksmuseum: Skip The Line
800 years of Dutch art and history, 8,000 objects and 80 galleries
- 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!
This spring, the Rijksmuseum presents a special collection of thirty five life-size portaits by some of the great masters in art history. Depicting princes, aristocrats and other noble citizens, the exhibition features notable works by artists such as Cranach, Velázquez, Rembrandt and Manet on loan from the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Prado, Tate and Uffizi.
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.
The Rijksmuseum also offers an excellent multimedia tour app that can be downloaded straight to your smartphone. Check it out on the App Store or Google Play!
- 50% discount on 17th-century family guide books in Dutch, English, French and German (available at info desk)
- Enter the museum via the "Visitors with ticket" lane and show your smartphone ticket at the entrance to the galleries
- Your ticket is valid for the whole day, so you can grab some lunch near the museum and go back when you're done
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- Tram: 2 or 5, Rijksmuseum; 12, Museumplein
- Bus: 145, 170, 172, 174 or 197, Rijksmuseum
Rijks, this busy museum's Michelin-starred 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 to eat and relax.
The Skip the line ticket made my experience of entering the museum a breeze and I avoided the long queue. Definitely opt for it if you are running short of time.
1. Download their free app and carry your headphones along, you will have access to their audio tour without paying 5 Euros for their audio headset
2. Choose the Highlights tour if you have only 90 minutes in hand, and definitely take a copy of the Rijks map from the information centre before starting your tour. It can get confusing otherwise.