Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. The completely renovated Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands 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. A new display of the collection, a renewed building, new public facilities, a revamped garden and a new Asian Pavilion. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
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Neighborhood: Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Top sites to see in this attractive and affluent part of town include the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to name but two of the highly acclaimed museums of the aptly named Museum Quarter. And if you need a break from all the fantastic art, there’s the Neoclassical Concertgebouw music hall and Vondelpark, the city’s largest park. Shopaholics and luxury brand connoisseurs will love exploring the high-end shopping destinations of PC Hooftstraat, Van Baerlestraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat, and Jacob Obrechtstraat, where even the shop window displays are of museum quality. In the evenings, when the museums close and the daytrippers head home, the area becomes a quiet oasis of calm with a sophisticated and urbane tone.
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  • Elizabeth T.
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vast collection
    This museum is vast and eclectic. It's impossible to do it justice in one visit. There are many famous paintings including an unparalleled collection of Rembrandt's works which are well-known. Also Vermeer is well represented. But there are also other lesser-known gems like the paintings of Josef Israels, that I'm not sure how you'd know they were there unless you chanced upon them. There's a little pamphlet with an overview of the major artworks, but something more detailed might be helpful (although, to be fair, the museum displays 8,000 objects of art and history, from a total collection of 1 million objects)! It's definitely worth a visit or two, and maybe to plan ahead of time on what area to focus.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • nam p
    140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable
    I'm writting in the pov of a visitor who want to understand the Netherland, not an art ethusiast. The musuem creat a very comfortable atmosphere with impecable cleanliness. Friendly staff with a very elegant gesture that they tell every visitors to wear backpack in the front to avoid bodying others when turning, I've never seen this anywhere. I wish the museum would tell more coherentlt about the history of the country, rather than pieces of history through art work and collections. I definitly enjoy this place more than the Louvre.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Vacationer2Maine
    Atlanta, Georgia1,571 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Enjoyed A Little at a Time
    Don't expect to take it all in on the first visit. We spent two hours just enjoying the Gallery of Honor and the Vermeer and Rembrandt paintings. The audio guide is helpful and can just be used at each marked item, or as a guide by theme. Be sure to download the app before you go and it can even get you a discount at the gift shop. We'll be back!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines380 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great area to visit even if you're not entering the museum
    We walked to and around Museumplein and Rijksmuseum. We did not intend to enter the actual museum since we were with our little son. The place is a must visit for those who appreciate beautiful architecture and wide open parks. Just avoid the Museumplein on a hot summer afternoon. We also visited the Museumshop and checked out the numerous cafes/restos and eventually settled in the garden infront of Rijksmuseum.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • DesertRose
    476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful art but very crowded
    The amount qnd quality of art here is amazing and you should certainly see it even if you only have a passing intetest in art. The setup is attractive and well thought out however the crowds are not managed well and it is chaos inside. People pushing and taking tons of pictures, children running around screaming and so crowded that I couldn't even get close enough to appreciate some of the more popular paintings. The staff is polite and friendly.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • G. Y.
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Peaceful and Well worth the Money.
    Plan to spend a day in order to see everything. This was a gorgeous museum with some of the most incredible works of art. They have a cafe inside in case you need a refreshment or something to eat. Very educational and it takes you back in time. The architecture of the building alone is worth seeing. Definitely worth getting to and experiencing.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Ski'n bike
    Hertford, United Kingdom619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class museum
    I've wanted to visit here for years and it doesn't disappoint. We prebooked a 60 minute tour, it was about 6 people with excellent 'whisper kit' and v knowledgeable guide. This was a very worthwhile option. The museum is beautifully maintained and a joy to visit. Lots of really interesting exhibits, several Vermeers, Rmbrandts including the Nightwatch. Just a brilliant morning.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Gloriana H
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Golden Age masters museum
    I visited the museum a month ago and did the quick tour of master works of art. It took about 2.5 hours and it was a great way to see it. Don't miss the Vermeers, really sad that I missed the big exhibition by 4 days. But there were 6 of his paintings in the permanent collection. The Night Watch is incredible. it, however, was under maintenance and a portion of it covered. Lots of great Rembrandt's, Rubens's and many other great paintings.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Philip E
    Peregian Beach, Australia148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded but take your time
    Went mainly for the Vermeer exhibit. Well laid out and good people control so you dod get a detailed look. Unfortunately my favourite of his (Girl with the pearl earring) was not part of the exhibit but pleanty of his great works there
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Sightsee268562
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum experience.
    Beautiful museum. So much to see, so many different collections. Lots of steps, but elevators are available too. The night watchman is being restored out in the open, so the view of the painting is blocked in some parts. Glad it wasn't removed for restoration. Go early, the crowds got worse by 11am.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
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Robbie F
Calgary, Canada68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We arrived shortly after they opened before it became too crowded. We signed up for a 5 euro highlights tour that had us visiting a few different pieces on different levels of the museum. The building is spectacular and we enjoyed hearing a bit of its history on the tour. Seeing the Night Watch and paintings by VerMeer were highlights.
There was a nice cafe and a small coffee bar.
Written March 8, 2020
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HBe
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I almost didn't go to this museum. I saw that it was highly recommended but after going to the Van Gogh museum I wasn't sure I wanted to spend more time in a museum (even though I highly enjoyed my time at the Van Gogh museum).
Last minute we booked the tickets online (night before) and I am glad we did. This museum is incredible. Each floor has a collection of art from a different century, from ancient times at the bottom to modern art at the top floor.
This museum is very large and if you want to see all of it you may spend about 6 hours or more, depending on how much time you take for each piece. Make sure to see the art you are most interested in first, so that you are at your peak energy level.
The traveling exhibit at the time of our visit was incredible. Caravaggio-Bernini (Baroque art from Rome) pieces included highly famous paintings and sculptures and was my favorite part of the museum.
There was only one Van Gogh painting so if you're interested in his art I would recommend the Van Gogh museum next door.
Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes!
Written March 9, 2020
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Mario’s Empire
Tynemouth, UK411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you're in Amsterdam you can't afford to miss this museum. It's one of the best museums I have ever been to, and it gets very busy so booking tickets online is very much recommended. Please do get an audio guide as well because it's absolutely fantastic, and I feel it would not be the same without it. We spent 5 hours in here so plan your day around it, and get there early. We also booked the time slot for the “Rembrandt& Velazquez Exhibition” which was worth it as it was fascinating. Highly recommended!
Written January 15, 2020
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Robyn
Manchester, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
There is so much to see here, you could spend a whole day exploring all of the exhibits. Ticket queues can be quite long, so worth getting a ticket in advance. A must do whilst in Amsterdam, even if you don't get around to seeing everything in here.
Written January 14, 2020
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Jamie B
Trafford, UK243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
I always promised myself, that before I die I would see The Night Watch and spend time immersed in its glory and grandeur. And I have. Worth the entry fee ans we also went to look at the Rembrandt-Velázquez exhibition which explores the differences and contrasts the Dutch & Spanish Masters. It looks at the narrative and dialogues on reality and eternity, religion and beauty between the pious Spanish and the protestant, liberal Dutch society of the age.

An amazing place and an experience, whether near death or not. A must see, must visit experience.

Amazing early Dutch art and artefacts to explore too.

Written February 12, 2020
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L & W
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful building with great selection of Dutch art and beyond, very friendly staff and efficient layout. It took us about 3 hours to see everything, so the collection isn’t the largest. The tickets are valid for the entire day, so we were able to go in and out as we pleased throughout the day. We went on Sunday around 9.30am and it was already staring to get busy, so would definitely recommend visiting early in the morning!
Written January 5, 2020
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ALF-EP-14
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went on a Sunday, it was pouring so while it is walkable we took the #12 tram from Central Station to the museum. Bought tickets online. There was a massive queue for the mandatory cloakroom on way in, even longer queue to retrieve coats and bags a few hours later. The museum itself was just fantastic, could have spent days in there. It started getting horribly busy after lunch (probably because of the torrential rain) and it was difficult to see anything but after a weekend of partying in Amsterdam we were tired and happy to head back to the hotel for a chill. Highly recommended when not busy.
Written February 23, 2020
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TravelerTab
Beverly Hills, CA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a large museum with a varied and impressive collection. We splashed out for the one-hour guided tour and have no regrets. Arnold took us through the Rembrandt exhibit (usually a separate admission but the tour took us through as part of our admission) spending time explaining specific paintings and their meanings. His knowledge gave us a deeper understanding of this master painter.

Arnold explained the history of the building, recent renovations and other interesting tidbits about various pieces in the collection. The tour finished at Operation Night Watch, the research and conservation project for Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch.' This is a massive undertaking, done with great passion. An expert was available to answer questions about the project and her knowledge is extensive.

We had lunch in the cafe after our visit. The experience was delightful - swift, attentive service and yummy food. Don't let the long entry line deter you. It moved and we were seated within 15 minutes of queuing.

We booked online, directly through the museum, which saved all the important things - time and money.
Written March 3, 2020
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JohnSt_2
The Hague, The Netherlands1,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Under normal circumstances the Rijks can be very busy, if not crowded. Under Corona restrictions the crowd level is controlled. You have to reserve a timeslot on a particular day. That improves the experience. Apart from entrance tickets, there is a second controlled access to the Carravagio Bernini exhibition. Here, the rooms do not allow for many visitors at the same time and the experience quickly becomes annoying when too many people are allowed. Regular departments were quit enjoyable. Tip: visit the Asian Department.
Written June 23, 2020
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cjennings344
New Castle, DE2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Since we knew we would be in Amsterdam for several days, we bought an annual membership (75 Euros for two). The Rijks concentrates on Dutch art, especially the paintings of the Golden Age (Rembrandt, Vermeer, etc.), but we made many other exciting discoveries, such as art of the former Dutch colonies, decorative arts, and an extremely handsome library. We also had a tasty and colorful lunch in their restaurant, a watermelon gazpacho decorated with greens, a slice of lamb, and yogurt.
Written February 11, 2020
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