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“Well worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Rijksmuseum (National Museum)

The Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
31 20 6747000
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Ranked #4 of 303 attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Rijksmuseum hosts an impressive collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and more! Most famous is Rembrandt's masterpiece the Night Watch.The museum is being renovated and will reopen completely in April 2013. In the meantime, 400 masterpieces from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age are on show daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Book online and go early!! We booked online and our queue was still quite long, but the other queue was insane! Museum was so busy! Give yourself a lot of time to get around. Rembrandt paintings and Van Gogh are the busiest and you may have to be patient to get a good view of them. Dont expect to get a seat either in the restaurant unless you queue here for a good while. Coffee shops outside though are nice! Definitely worth a visit!!

Visited March 2014
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“Great for Wet Weather!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I hadn't initially intended to visit the Rijksmuseum on my three day visit to Amsterdam, but bad weather left me with a spare day and so I took the plunge. First impressions were great. The museum has recently been completely renovated and looks magnificent. The building is a striking contrast between the old traditional exterior and modern, bright interior.

Tickets can be purchased online, however it chose to purchase mine on the day. This worked well for January however I would suggest using the online facility at peak season. This will avoid lengthy queues. Along with my ticket (€15 Adult) I was offered an audio guide (€5) and opted to purchase the English guidebook (€10). I would highly recommend buying the book as it serves as an excellent guide and momento of the visit.

Before entering the exhibits you are required to leave bags and coats. This facility is free (Thumbs up) however the queues are rather lengthy. I ended up waiting ~15 minutes, however I've heard that queues up to an hour can be expected in the summer.

As for the actual exhibits, what can I say. The collection is huge, arranged chronologically and offering something for everyone. There were a number of highlights and it was certainly an education. Photography is welcome inside the museum which was nice to see.

After my visit I chose to get drink a bite to eat at the cafe. Again, there were queues (~4pm) but they were tolerable. The staff were extremely friendly and the food was lovely. I chose to sample a Dutch cheese and meat selection, with a tea and princess cake. Prices were rather steep, which was to be expected, but worth it for a nice treat.

Overall, an excellent visit, it was just a shame about the queues.

Visited January 2014
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“Visit to Rijksmuseum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We visited this museum in March. This is beautiful museum, we were fortunate to be include in a English speaking guided tour which we paid 5 euros extra but worth the money. The center piece painting is "Night watch", wonderful painting (ask why the little girl is holding a chicken). We enjoyed the tour, you must visit if you are in Amsterdam.

Visited March 2014
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The quality of the exhibitions and the splendid presentation following the major refurbishment must make the Rijksmuseum one of the very finest museums in the world. It is not to be missed, the best time to go is reasonably early in the day and ideally Monday. I would recommend a guide, it seems extravagant , but with so much to see it is worthwhile .

Visited February 2014
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“Amazing museum.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Informative, clear directions. The exhibits are well lit and there is space to enjoy the museum even when it is busy. Each painting has a short note on its background etc which enhances the experience. Good layout. Good facilities. It is extremely busy, so get there early to avoid the queues. It is well staffed so there is always help at hand. They manage the queues well. If you can visit a floor or period at a time as there is a lot to see. We didn't take the tour, but friends have and say it is excellent. The cafe serves great cakes and is a welcome oasis after your visit.

Visited March 2014
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