Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
4.5
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 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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  • Signore_Colomo
    Chihuahua, Mexico556 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely the top museum attraction at Amsterdam
    An outstanding museum. The art collection they have is wonderful, and is very well organized. The multimedia guide is a perfect companion, and is full of interesting data and commentaries. The museum is clean, well illuminated and very cozy. But be aware: you need at least half a day there (the outstanding artwork tour takes 1.5 hours, but along the way you will find such a marvelous pieces, you will need more time.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Ria Grobler
    Pretoria, South Africa6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vermeer a once in a lifetime experience
    The Vermeer Exhibition was a once in a lifetime experience and the rest of the museum did not disappoint. It became very busy and noisy after 11:00, making it difficult to get to and spend time at some of the artwork. Would recommend booking an early timeslot.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Ian M
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Incredible collection of Dutch and other art through the centuries. The app (download in advance) gives detailed information about individual pieces as well as a variety of well-organized tours. Sadly, we could not get tickets to the special Vermeer exhibit that was going on during our stay, and all Vermeer paintings have been moved from their usual spaces so we did not see any. Rembrandt's "Night Watch" is currently being restored and so is somewhat obstructed by restoration equipment, but still impressive. Plan to spend at least three hours or more for full benefits.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • tee d
    Wake Forest, North Carolina64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vermeer exhibition was amazing, and enjoyed other parts too!
    We had tickets to the Vermeer exhibition, so spent most of our time there. The exhibition was incredible, with Vermeers loaned by museums all over the world to get 26/37 paintings under 2 roof. Guide app was very good and a help when one has a little trouble reading the text on the wall associated with the gallery and the paintings. We also spent time around the Rembrandts - also amazing art. The cafeteria was a very nice surprise. The food was very good and reasonable (if you go to the restaurant, you have to sign out and get a chit to return to the museum , which is not required when you stay inside at the cafeteria)
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • ssbelltx
    New York City, New York1,037 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Major Museum Dutch Focus
    Unlike some larger museums in metropolitan cities, the Rijks Museum has a decidedly Dutch focus. Chock full of treasures and masterpieces. The Night Watch is under renovation but within view of the public. The Vemeer Exhibit was extraordinary. The rooms were thoughtfully laid out and commentary meaningful.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Diptych
    Hampton, United Kingdom1,285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    Vermeer exhibition was uncannily brilliant and the rest of the gallery was as good as ever. Not to be missed in any AMS visit. Discovered on this most recent trip that the architect was also responsible for the Central Station. Obvious when you know.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Fred v
    Hoover, Alabama12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great highlights tour
    We saw all the highlights of the Golden Age of Dutch art. One of the teenagers really engaged about whether "the storm was coming or had just occurred". Great to get the kids involved! Only wished our guide would have not disappeared when it was over. Every one of us wanted to tip him!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • winniew425
    Pinole, California18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this museum
    The Rijskmuseum is a mordernization of historical architectural building that is full of art pieces dating from 1600 to 1900. I enjoy the most are their paintings. The art pieces are grouped by the genre and so you would see a few self portraits displayed side-by-side. If you like art/painings, this museum is not to miss.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Frank O'Connor
    Dublin, Ireland70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class!
    A stunning building with a bicycle track running through it and a wonderful modern conversion in the entryways. Fantastic collection of Northern European art largely focused on the Dutch golden age. The main hall and Night Watch are fantastic in themselves. Very well organised place with a great cafe and shop
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • VT
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    Very well organized museum. This should not be missed in Amsterdam. Book tickets and time slot in advance, then the queueing will be minimal. It's easy to find your way around different floors and rooms. I personally loved the Dutch artists who portrayed traditional Dutch landscapes. The Night Watch is being repaired, so you cannot get close to the painting, but still it's amazing.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
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Nikki B
Aberdare, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It’s not a museum, it’s an art gallery.
I’m not remotely into art, and was expecting to at least learn something about Dutch history given that this is the national museum of the Netherlands. I didn’t.

I have no idea why everyone lists this as a ‘must see’. We used our iamsterdam city cards to get in, so it felt free, I’d have been really miffed if I’d paid full price. It is literally random gallery after random gallery with no history or context. Don’t get me wrong, I can sit and stare at a painting and appreciate that it’s a great work of art but 1000s of them was a bit much for me.

We would have spent significantly less time here if we hadn’t had to navigate the seemingly endless stairs.

The staff were friendly enough but I can’t help but feel that an history nerds will be severely disappointed.
Written 11 April 2024
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randibarrell
Hilton, NY9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The tour guide never showed up. I had read about this company no-showing in a previous review but thought that the good reviews outweighed it. Unfortunately I was wrong. We waited for over an hour, called the tour company (who told us we had canceled, even though it was still and active booking) and Viator. Not a reputable company, would not recommend at all. Only got 1 star because Viator returned our money.
Written 11 April 2024
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MillDawn89
Flower Mound, TX32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It has the best collection of the Dutch Masters. It is crowded and you need to be patient while touring. We only allowed 2 hours for our visit and we could have easily spent all day. We did a guided tour and it as worth it since she could show us the highlights since our time was limited. They had both lockers and a cloak room to check your belongings. The building itself is a work of art and the gardens surrounding the museum are beautiful.
Written 10 April 2024
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BrownianMotion
London, England, United Kingdom23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I learnt a lot about mediaeval Europe, and the connections between art and religion. Vermeer and Van Gogh pictures were amazing. The basement Asian art was nice surprise. Appreciated their honesty about colonialism and slavery behind most of the artefacts.
Written 4 April 2024
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,696 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
With the "main purpose" at this museum being to see Rembrandt's The Night Watch & Vermeer's The Milkmaid (quite likely the two "greatest masterpiece paintings" of the Age of Renaissance by Dutch artists), I would just say that it was a "very satisfactory" visit having seen both on the "3rd level" and yes also conveniently "not far apart" from one another with the huge-sized The Night Watch definitely unmissable (for a "sizeable crowd" in front at the time and which likely is always the case during the Museum's opening hours) at the far end of the very first room on the level after coming up the staircase and entering from the corridor, and where "on the left" while heading to the far end is the much-smaller-sized The Milkmaid which is actually quite easy to miss just due to its size (and which actually took me some effort to find only after coming back to that area the second time just before going back down from the level).

And also should not be missed (apart from the two great ones as mentioned above) but on the "2nd level" is the great-sized scene (similar to that of The Night Watch) depicting the Battle of Waterloo with the Duke of Wellington on horseback & the wounded Dutch Prince on the ground featured in the painting and which actually is "my favorite" seen at this museum (yes "more so" than by the Rembrandt & the Vermeer as mentioned above although not getting to learn at the time the artist of this great masterpiece).

And so, with two "sprawling levels" (the 2nd & the 3rd after the 1st which is like a "reception floor"), this museum overall is a great one of the "country's history" as portrayed in its art (mostly in the form of a great number of paintings) but also to see among those paintings are "some significant" number of miscellaneous displays (such as religion-themed sculptures, miniature-but-not-too-small ship models with also paintings of "naval battle scenes" alongside those models, the Dutch-East-Indies exhibit area with some miniature village models & such, and yes also a "sizeable area on 2 levels" which is the Bibliotheca with many bookshelves although just to see from its entrance).

And with the e-ticket being the "only option" to enter the Museum, I bought mine for the 12-pm slot just outside the entrance at about 10 30 am and while waiting had my breakfast at the lovely restaurant called Hansel & Gretel located at like "an intersection of 2 canals" just in the vicinity of the front side of the Museum. And also, at just a 10-to-15-minute walk from this museum (to the east which is a "right turn" after coming out) is the Amstel River which seen from above a bridge is a "view of beauty" (with its width quite a bit more than a canal & also with these lovely heritage buildings lined along its "west side") and which for me was another way to enjoy that river after the "canal tour" just the day before (from Prinsengracht to Amstel to Herengracht).
Written 3 April 2024
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dma1969
Wausau, WI233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Lovely to see all the art and the building itself is a work of art! Easily accessible (I was on crutches and had a wheelchair to use) but I noticed they also had portable chairs to borrow. Go early, it was getting crowded by the time we left.
Written 3 April 2024
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ccpling
JB180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I visited the museum for 3 hours with a friend. We would have spending more time if we were not too exhausted for the long day of walking. Suggest to visit for at least 3 - 4 hours to cover all corners.

If there is of specific interest, you may want to prepare some food / drink. The cafe was pretty crowded to get a seat.

It is the home of Dutch masters that we can find Van Gogh and Rembrandt work, besides the history of Dutch and other fine arts.

It is located in the museum square that you may consider visit the Van Gogh museum as well.
Written 3 April 2024
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helenlondon53
Trevi, Italy13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Beware wheelchair users and people with baby buggies!
We would have given top marks as it is a wonderful museum, however, having seen the Hals exhibition and the Night Watch, we left for some lunch and were not allowed back in afterwards. Why not? Once you have paid, you can stay as long as you like according to the small print. It does not actually say in the Ts&Cs that there is no re-entry.
Also, all elevators except for one had been closed off. We had a wheelchair, and there were many wheelchair users and baby prams. We waited for long periods to move between floors which significantly limited our time looking at the exhibits. Clear signs, especially on the ground floor are needed to guide wheelchair users around the long diversions they need to take, especially when various lifts are shut off. The staff were stressed and unhelpful. We also waited for 8 minutes to leave the building - this is unacceptable and unsafe.
Altogether, the experience was an eye opener, unpleasant and discriminatory.
Written 3 April 2024
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Dan M
Bramhall, UK260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
There is a lot to see. There is an app though we found it confusing and hard work.

There is a map with the highlights. This was great. Whiz around and see the most important bits. It shows you the rooms and what's best.

Nothing in a room worth seeing - walk straight through
Written 2 April 2024
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Paul H
Surrey, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I spent most of the day at the Rijksmuseum from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Be aware they check the date and time of your ticket in the queue outside (two people had the wrong day in front of me and were asked to leave). The queue is not long, nothing like the Louvre or even the National Gallery in London. There are both lockers and cloakrooms freely available after you've come through the ticket check. The staff are nice and helpful, though of course it gets very busy with schools and organised groups you don't tend to get at the smaller galleries.
I started with the temporary Frans Hals exhibition which I very much enjoyed and was very quiet as I was there just after opening. One thing I noticed about all the galleries I visited in the Netherlands is that they are 99% Dutch paintings. I know that's an obvious statement about being in the Netherlands, but compared to the Paris and London collections which are much more eclectic don't expect to see many Italian or French paintings here. The vast majority of the permanent collection is Dutch Golden Age, but that is not to say it's boring. The quality is amazing and the Gallery of Honour is wonderful. It's a shame the Nightwatch is behind a big glass screen, but it has to be protected, but the rest of the collection is very accessible and it's fantastic to be able to get so close to Rembrandt's 'Jewish Bride' and Vermeer's 'Little Street'.
Of course you can't take food in with you so if you're spending the day here the only option is the restaurant. It didn't take long to get a seat but I didn't realise when ordering a cheese sandwich they would be making the cheese on site. It's the sort of place where they deliver your drink and desert immediately but you then wait half-an-hour for your main. It was nice when it arrived though. I guess that's the nature of the super-galleries.
Overall I think you get what you expect with the Rijksmuseum, and that's not a bad thing. It's a superb collection of Dutch Masters in a busy impersonal environment.
Written 2 April 2024
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