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Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – Information for Visitors

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – Information for Visitors

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The Rijksmuseum sits in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum district and is renowned for being the largest gallery in the country. The Dutch national museum is dedicated to arts and history and welcomes over 2 million visitors per year.

In total, there are over 1 million objects that are rotating throughout the year, ranging from the years 1200-2000. The Rijksmuseum displays several paintings by famous Dutch artists, such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, and many more.  

Here’s a complete guide for visitors with information about opening hours, tickets, history, and facts about Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. 

Entrance Fee

Ticket Type Adult Child (0-18 years)
General Admission €20 Free

Ticket Info

Tickets purchased are valid only for the date stated on your ticket. Refunds and exchanges aren’t permitted, so be careful when booking online and make sure you get your dates right.

With that said, I still recommend booking your tickets online in advance, to avoid long lines at the entrance. 

Rijksmuseum paintings

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Opening hours

The Rijksmuseum is open daily between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm throughout the year (including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years!). The onsite shop and cafe are also open all year round between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm while the museum gardens are open during the same hours but only in the summer months.

History & Info

Home to world-class Dutch masterpieces and a number of international works of art, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s most renowned art museums and an absolute must-see when visiting Amsterdam.

The museum sits in the heart of the city’s Museum Square and is home to a vast collection of artwork spanning over 1 million pieces ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Rembrandts Night Watch

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From world-famous pieces including Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid to lesser-known international pieces of Japanese and Chinese art, the Rijksmuseum has a little something for all tastes.

As you explore the museums 80 rooms and travel back in time to uncover 800 years of art history you’ll see the history of Holland unfold before your eyes.

Aside from the Golden Age of Dutch art visitors can also enjoy an expansive collection of sculptures, archeological find, maritime relics, and significant objects gathered throughout history.

Art at Rijksmuseum

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As for the building itself, the Rijksmuseum was constructed in 1876 before opening in 1885 as the largest museum in the Netherlands. After 10 years of extensive renovation, the museum opened its doors once again in 2013 and has gathered worldwide acclaim ever since.

In 2014, the Philips Wing was added to the building which houses high-profile temporary exhibitions from both national and international artists – be sure to check current exhibitions on the official website of Rijksmuseum before your visit. 

Atrium of Rijksmuseum

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Points of Interest

While there are many fascinating paintings, sculptures and other works of art in Rijksmuseum, these are some of the main highlights. 

Vermeer’s Milkmaid

A famous oil painting of a maidservant pouring milk!

Van Gogh’s Self Portrait

The 1887 painting of Van Gogh was famously done by the man himself in a bid to practice a new painting technique without having to hire a model.

Van Gogh’s Self Portrait

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Rembrandt’s Night Watch

Rembrandt’s largest and most famous canvas painting hangs in the museum’s Gallery of Honour.

The Gallery of Honour

Houses paintings by the likes of Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer, and Rembrandt.

Philips Wing

The Philips Wing houses temporary exhibitions from national and international artists all year round.

Rijksmuseum Gardens

After exploring the museum, head to the gardens for a breath of fresh air. First opened in 2013 the gardens provide a tranquil oasis amidst the humdrum of the museum.

Cuypers Library

The Cuypers LIbrary is the biggest and oldest art history library in the Netherlands.

Cuypers library

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How to get to Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museum Square in the borough of Amsterdam South and is easily accessible from the city center on foot.

By train from Central Station

From Amsterdam Central Station the museum is a 30-minute walk, a 15-minute taxi, or a 12-minute metro ride away.

By tram from Zuid Station

Take tram number 5 to the Rijksmuseum tram stop.

By tram from Amstel Station

Take tram number 12 to Rijksmuseum tram stop or take the metro to Weesperplein followed by tram number 1, 7, or 19 to Spielgelgracht tram stop.

By bus

The nearest bus stop to the Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam Ruysdaelkade which is just a 2-minute walk from the museum.

Rijksmuseum entrance

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Nearby Attractions

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam by visiting some of the city’s biggest and best attractions, most of which are just a short walk or metro ride away from the Rijksmuseum. Local points of interest include:

  • Anne Frank House
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Vondelpark
  • Dam Square
  • Jordaan
  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Royal Palace Amsterdam
  • Heineken Experience  

Best time to visit

The busiest months are April, May, and August and during these months you should expect a wait time of approximately 20 to 30 minutes at the ticket office.

It is one of the most visited attractions in Amsterdam, but due to its sheer size, the number of visitors is almost never overwhelming inside. The quietest time to visit the museum is before 10 am and after 3 pm. To avoid long lines, purchase your ticket online in advance!

Facts about Rijksmuseum

  1. The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis.
  2. The current main building was designed by the Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers and first opened its doors in 1885. It has been built in the then fashionable Dutch neo-Renaissance style, using historical neo-Gothic elements in its form and decoration.
  3. On 13 April 2013, after a ten-year renovation which cost € 375 million, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix.
  4. The walking distance through the museum’s 80 galleries is a total of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles).
  5. Rijksmuseum is the only museum in the world with a road inside its building. Today the road is only used by bicycles.
  6. Rijksmuseum’s collection started to be gathered almost 100 years before the museum opened its doors. Today there are around 1 million objects in a collection, while only some 8,000 of them are on display.
  7. The museum is home to the largest art library in the country.
  8. In 2016, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with 2.2 million visitors. It is also the largest art museum in the country.
  9. The Rijksmuseum also contains an Asian section, with Japanese prints, Chinese porcelain pieces, and other historical articles.
  10. Those who cannot visit the Rijksmuseum can view more than 125,000 pieces of its collection online.
Famous Rijksmuseum building in Amsterdam

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FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)

Can I skip the line if I book tickets in advance?

Yes, if you have pre-booked your tickets online simply head straight to one of the entrance gates with your e-ticket. You may still encounter queues at the entrance gate (or the cloakroom) as these can’t be avoided.

Is the museum suitable for wheelchair access?

The Rijksmuseum is accessible to everyone. All galleries are wheelchair accessible and you’ll find several lifts throughout the building. Furthermore, there are a number of wheelchairs available on-site for rent during the visit. 

What is Rijksmuseum famous for?

It is famous for housing some of the finest Dutch art in the world, and several famous paintings. Rijksmuseum has over 1 million artworks at its disposal, where 8000 of them can be displayed at the same time. 

Can I bring my luggage with me?

The Rijksmuseum has a cloakroom which is free for guests to leave bags, umbrellas, and coats. However, there are no facilities to store heavier luggage or large items, so these should not be brought on the premises.

Can you take photos in the Rijksmuseum?

You are only permitted to take photos without flash and videos without the use of lights. Tripods and selfie-sticks are also banned.

Is there WI-FI at Rijksmuseum?

Yes, there is free Wi-Fi throughout its premises.

Is the Rijksmuseum free?

The museum is free to enter for children under 18. The entrance fee for adults is €20. 

How long does it take to go through the Rijksmuseum?

It takes roughly 4-5 hours to visit the whole museum. If you’re not particularly interested in art, you can probably stroll through the grounds in 2 hours or so, whereas those who are interested in culture and art could easily spend several days here. 


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