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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Jcook92
    New York City, New York161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing. Wear good shoes
    We used the I Amsterdam card to enter for free. Booked entry time online prior to visit. We went at 9am and we were first in line. I think everyone else ran straight to the gallery of masters. We started at the bottom and made our way up. It is a massive and varied collection that includes older art, model ships, furniture, clothing, old masters, and some more recents art installations. We were able to see the computer generated restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The gallery is crowded! Be prepared to fight your way to the paintings to get a view. Plenty of stairs and elevators Free lockers Audio guides Gift shop Plenty of bathrooms Many helpers to guide and answer questions Food available Pictures no flash
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • CarlaAKS
    New York City, New York169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a Context Tour or Another Guide
    Dutch paintings require a guide, but the pinnacle of this collection are the Vermeers and Rembrandts. So if you don't have a lot of time, bolt for those and skip the rest. Night Watch under renovation and you can't really see it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Frederique B
    Manchester, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit.
    The building in itself is amazing. The gardens are beautiful and I enjoyed watching people painting in them. The collection is breathtaking. I stayed 2.5 hours and saw all the Dutch masters from the 17th century. I rented an audio guide which was very helpful to learn about the paintings and easier, less tiring than reading all the descriptions. I went in the afternoon and it was much less crowded than in the morning but it meant that I didn't have the time to see everything. I didn't mind as the purpose of my visit (Vermeer, Rambrant etc) was fulfilled. Be aware, if you are planning to go soon that The Night Watch is being scanned for renovation and cannot be seen entirely.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 July 2023
  • donaiacobelli
    Maple Ridge, Canada6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Travel in time
    The museum is breathtakingly beautiful 🤩 the exhibits or so interesting and a time travel to the past ! Highly recommend renting the guided tour or download the app and bring earbuds . It just enriched the experience with history context and details of the artist and time period!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • M G
    Arlington, Virginia94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Museum
    This was my third time at the museum, and it remains in my mind one of the best in the world. We visited on a Sunday afternoon. The museum was crowded, as typical, but not unbearably so. We also visited the Vermeer exhibit, and crowd management there was good. Overall Impression: The museum is to be commended for organizing the Vermeer exhibit. Amazing artwork. Grab a map and plan out what you want to see. Also, wander around and discover random rooms with amazing artwork. One can easily spend hours here.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Loops371
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit, huge amount to see.
    Booked this in advance for what was supposed to be a rainy morning. I’d say it’s quite pricey especially when here in the UK we’re used to this kind of museum being free to visit. There are free lockers for your rucksacks as these can’t be taken in. We enjoyed our morning and actually spent four hours here including a visit to the cafe. Lots to see although disappointed to find you can’t fully see the Night Watch at the moment due to its ongoing renovation work. Cafe was very nice and a welcome rest but the menu was very limited. Cakes were delicious and the staff pleasant.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Peter E
    Torquay, United Kingdom182 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rembrandt is the Star
    This is a BIG museum and many of the most popular, best regarded, paintings are some distance apart so be prepared to walk, and then some. Rembrandt's "Night Watch" is not really viewable as it has some form of testing being done the equipment of which obscures the main interest in the painting almost completely. (July 2023) Other Rembrandt's really 'pop' out in comparison to the Vemeer's and other artists and making such comparisons is interesting. Download the excellent app for the guide if you like that method or just wander and enter the painting number for information and commentary about a particular painting. The museum is not just paintings and the adult doll houses are a highlight and there is plenty of porcelean and silverware if you are also interested in these things. There are two entrance queues, one can use either. Both move quite swiftly so paying for the extra guided tour / time slot may not be good value but one should in any case purchase tickets via the app and therefore have the audio tour available. Take one's own (wired 3.5 DIN pin) ear buds or other for your phone or the audio unit if hired. Staff will ask you to keep bags slung in fromt of your to deter pick-pockets. Over three floors, even if the vestibule seems crowded, each exhibit has plenty of space around it as in fact each room is not too full with people.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • maddie59
    Oak Island, North Carolina166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum
    This museum is quite large with a lot of art and artifacts. We were pretty tired out from the Van Goth museum so we decided to rent the highlights tour. It has 23 stops at some of the most famous paintings in the museum. It's a nice tour and you saw a lot but you also cover a lot of ground. The map on the tour device and be a little confusing but once you get the hang of it, things go smoothly. You could spend days in here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • hayles8330
    Elsenham, United Kingdom144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile visit
    We came to the museum with no specific pieces in mind, although Rembrandt was our main interest. There are some great pieces here; if you can visit during a quieter period, you will definitely see more. Overall we enjoyed our visit, although it doesn't feel as if they have as many 'must see' pieces as somewhere like the National Gallery in London which is free of charge.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • princessebird
    Fort Worth, Texas215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family Quest was fun for non-museum people
    I wanted to see the Vermeers and the Night Watch, but my daughter and husband are not museum people. I convinced them to come with me by booking the "Family Quest" in addition to our tickets (2.5 euro each). While the Family Quest was maybe a little young for our 11yo, my husband and daughter LOVED it. It took us to the highlights of the museum, but we also got to see some really cool weird pieces that we would have never had noticed among the sheer volumes of items at the museum. I was a little disappointed that the Night Watch was covered by some sort of mechanism, my husband loved seeing the painting without the frame, and talked to the docents about what they were doing. The quest took us about an hour or so, and then we spent about another hour visiting some pieces I wanted to see. The building was beautiful, and we arrived at 9:15am with reserved tickets, and it felt like we had the museum to ourselves for about an hour.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 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 8 March 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 9 March 2020
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Mario’s Empire
Tynemouth, UK410 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 15 January 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 14 January 2020
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Jamie B
Trafford, UK242 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 12 February 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 5 January 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 23 February 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 3 March 2020
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JohnSt_2
The Hague, The Netherlands1,029 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 23 June 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 11 February 2020
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