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Rijks Museum Overview

Located in Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum is a giant and the most loved tourist attraction in the Netherlands, whose collection is regarded as the finest in the world of art. The museum includes 8000 art pieces in about 80 different galleries, including pottery, paintings, artworks, and history books. Some of the most cherished works displayed in Rijksmuseum are created by the 15th to 19th-century Dutch and Flemish masters.

Rijksmuseum is a beautiful museum in the Netherlands that is renowned for its collection of Dutch art, culture, and history. Situated in the Museum Square in Amsterdam South, this Sutch national museum displays the art and history of the city through more than 8000 unique art objects created by renowned artists like Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, and much more. With Thrillophilia's amazing Europe holiday packages people are drawn towards this attraction to see The Night Watch by Rembrandt, along with several other artworks by the Golden Age Dutch masters. Besides paintings, you can explore the giant collection of pottery, artworks, and history books in the Rijksmuseum.

One of the must-see attractions of the Rijksmuseum is the Marten and Oopjen, which is a beautiful pair of Rembrandt paintings jointly bought from France and the Netherlands in 2016. You can also admire the beauty of The Milkmaid and The Night Watch in the beautifully lit halls of Rijksmuseum. The museum also includes The Cuypers Library, which showcases an expansive collection of art history texts from the Netherlands. It is indeed a paradise for both art and book lovers. The garden of the Rijksmuseum is also an admirable attraction as it constitutes different sculptures, delicate topiaries, beautiful water features and prismatic flower beds, and a giant wingnut tree hanging over the play areas.

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Highlights

• Enjoy some of the beautiful paintings created by famous artists in the Rijksmuseum, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Frans Hals, and much more.
• Go back about 800 historic years of Dutch art through 8000 objects in 80 different galleries in the Rijksmuseum.
• Relish the intricate details of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch in a gorgeously lit hall.
• Adore the collection of ship models, weapons, and combat-used weapons in the Rijksmuseum.
• Witness the beautiful Dutch masterpieces in Rijksmuseum, like Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Van-Gogh’s Self-Portrait.
• Admire the massive collection of pottery, paintings, artworks, and historical books in the Rijksmuseum.
• Browse through different history books in The Cuypers Library and enjoy the vastness of the collection.
• Walk around the sculpture-filled gardens of the Rijksmuseum and observe the delicate topiaries, beautiful water features and prismatic flower beds, and a giant wingnut tree hanging over the play areas.
• Watch out for the installations and temporary exhibitions displayed in the gardens of Rijksmuseum.

How To Reach

By Bus: There is a direct bus service between Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Airport, which operates every day, every 15 minutes. From the airport, bus B15-19 takes around 30 mins to reach Rijksmuseum.

By Train or Subway: Unfortunately, there is no direct train service available between the two places. Visitors have to take a train to the Zuid station. From Zuid, Metro 52 will take them to Vijzelgracht, from where Rijksmuseum is at a 10-min walking distance away. The whole journey takes approximately 25-30 minutes. 

By Road: By road, there are two motorways - A4 and A10, between Schiphol Airport and Rijksmuseum. Via A4, the journey takes the minimum time, as it is the fastest route. You can reach in around 20 mins to Rijksmuseum by cab or taxi.

However, it is recommended to visit the place by public transport for two reasons. One Museumplein is a busy area, finding a parking place will be hectic and another is taxi and parking fare in the Netherlands is high.

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Best Time To Visit

As the museum remains open throughout the year, there is no such best time to visit this place. Another surprising fact is, Rijksmuseum is also open on holidays, even on Christmas, New Year’s etc. However, as spring is the ideal time to visit Amsterdam to enjoy the vibrant tulips and of course Keukenkof, Rijksmuseum also becomes overfilled during this time. 

Another overcrowded time is during the rainy season. So, it is recommended to visit the place in summer days before 11 AM and after 3 PM, if you want to peacefully experience the historic cultivation. Also, try to avoid visiting on holidays such as Queen’s Day, Liberation Day, Boxing Day, etc.

If you have an online ticket, you can easily walk up the gates. But then you will have to wait in another queue, which you can escape by taking a guided tour in exchange for some extra bucks.

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Other Essential Information

History of Rijksmuseum

Constantly relocating the museum had been challenging itself. In order to carve out an identity, the museum was opened to the public in 1800 with around 200 historic objects including paintings of the Dutch stadtholders and the national leaders. After five years of its public appearance, the museum was moved to The Hague and then in 1809, relocated to Amsterdam Royal Palace.

This year is also remarkable as the famous painting ‘Night Watch’ by Rembrandt was added to the collection. After serving for around nine years, in 1817, Rijksmuseum got shifted to Trippenhuis and then to Mauritshuis after a gap of three years. Finally, in 1885, the museum got settled in its current building.

The Gothic-Renaissance-theme based structure of this building was done by Pierre Cuypers, who won the design contest in 1876. In 2003, the museum authority decided to renovate the building, which took almost ten years.

The renovation was done based on the design by Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz, the Spanish architects at a cost of 375 million euro. In 2013, on April 13, the renovated building was reinstated by Queen Beatrix, the princess of the Dutch royal family.

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Architecture of Rijksmuseum

The current building of Rijksmuseum, reopened in 2013, was built based on the design by two Spanish architects - Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz. The previous version of the museum since 1885 was designed by Pierre Cuypers, who was the winner of the design contest reckoned for the museum.

The building consisted of a library and a fragment building then, and an Asian Pavillion became its part in 2013. The fragment building is dedicated to the history of Dutch architecture with a brand name of Philips wing and the library contains more than 400,000 volumes of periodicals and books. Rijksmuseum is a national heritage site and also listed in the ‘Top 100 Dutch heritage sites’.

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Things to Do Near Rijksmuseum

1. Shopping and eating at Canal Belt

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grachtengordel or the Canal Belt is a 400-year old site. Canal Belt has a lot of shopping places, restaurants, bars and a number of events also take place in this area throughout the year. People can shop, eat and drink at this place and enjoy walking all through the day.

2. Wander around the Rijksmuseum Garden

The garden is a part of Rijksmuseum, spreads across 14.5m² area that includes fountains, flowerbeds, summerhouses and a playground for children. You can also experience a special monumental work by Henry Moore in this garden. Have some time to spend in the garden after finishing a tour in the museum.

3. Night View From 15th Bridge

The bridge between Reguliersgracht and Herengracht offers a picturesque view at night. You can see six arched bridges consecutively with your back to Thorbeckeplein, while on the opposite side the other six. Turning left, you will find out the rest of two bridges and standing on one will make the count to total 15.

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Places to Visit Near Rijksmuseum

1. Van Gogh Museum

Another popular museum at the museum square, Van Gogh Museum is specifically dedicated to the works of Van Gogh and some of his contemporaries. It preserves the largest collection of this world-renowned Dutch painter cum influential figure. Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience - the exhibition by the museum is a masterpiece that you must experience at the place.

2. Vondelpark

The scenic beauty of Vondelpark in the heart of the city can offer you peace amidst the buzz. You can walk or relax on the grass, cycle around, eat your food on the benches beside the lake - can enjoy the breeze relaxing here.

3. Body Worlds

Located in the heart of the city, Body Worlds exhibits 200 exclusive plastinated bodies that make you understand the subject of anatomy. Moreover, it also offers a free body check-up that will show your own anatomy.

4. Keukenhof

If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in spring, do not miss Keukenhof. The Garden of Europe covers an area of 32 hectares, which places it in the list of world’s largest gardens. The springtime is defined by tulips, what you can find here in an enormous amount besides various flowers like daffodils, roses, hyacinths, etc.

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Point of Interest for Rijks Museum
Marten and Oopjen
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Marten and Oopjen

Marten Oopjen is the most desirable yet the least exhibited creation of Rembrandt as regarded by Rijksmuseum’s former director, Wim Pijbes. These paintings are a must-see attraction in the Rijksmuseum, which was bought jointly from France and the Netherlands in 2016. After the museum's restoration work, these paintings will be showcased to admire the creation for visitors.

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The Cuypers Library
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The Cuypers Library

Another remarkable attraction of the Rijksmuseum is The Cuypers Library, which includes the ancient and the largest collection of art history books in the Netherlands. This library is heaven for book lovers as they will find books of all interests in this library. The visitors can freely admire the vastness of the ancient library, browse through the shelves for their favorite books, or get a sneak peek into the never-ending online collection of the library in the museum.

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The Night Watch
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The Night Watch

The Night Watch is the center of attraction of Rijksmuseum as it is the most renowned masterpiece of Rembrandt. This gorgeous painting showcases the picture of a young girl with well-crafted guardsmen in the background. People regard the picture of the young girl as the late wife of the artist Rembrandt. Through this exhibition, the artist wants to feature vision and talent with a frieze providing a glimpse into the fundamental moments in the life of an artist.

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The Milkmaid
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The Milkmaid

The Milkmaid is one of the most famous paintings of Johannes Vermeer that posed great rivalry with the painting of Girl with a pearl earring that has been displayed at Mauritius in The Hague. This painting represents domestic help in immensely saturated yellow and blue tones. You will also discover the artist’s hold of the natural light which received several accolades from different art historians through the ages.

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The Gardens
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The Gardens

Besides the paintings and artworks of Rembrandt, the guests can enjoy the view of the beautiful garden upon their entry to the Rijksmuseum. The garden includes a sculpture created by Pierre Cuypers in 1901. The delicate topiaries, striking water features and prismatic flower beds, and a giant wingnut hanging over the play areas are also the fundamental attraction of the garden in Rijksmuseum. If you are visiting the attraction during the summer season, it is advisable not to visit the permanent installations and temporary exhibitions. 

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Rijks Museum FAQs

What is Rijksmuseum famous for?

The national Dutch museum, Rijksmuseum is famous for one million art and crafts objects that are related to the Dutch history of the Golden Age. It is also home to the paintings of the world-renowned Dutch painters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and more. Another attraction of the museum is the Rijksmuseum Research Library. The library is the largest art history research library in the country with a huge collection of 400,000 volumes.

What are the best places to Stay near Rijksmuseum?

There are a number of places where you can stay if you are planning to visit Rijksmuseum along with others at the museum square. Some of the best options are:

1. Sir Albert Hotel Amsterdam
A seven-minute walk from the Rijksmuseum, this hotel is the best option to stay. Along with the spacious contemporary decorated rooms, a swish library and an outdoor restaurant cum bar make this hip hotel popular across the travellers around the world.

2.  Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
The redbrick building of Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is located near the Vondelpark, a six-minute stroll from the Rijksmuseum. Apart from all kinds of modern amenities, it also offers a breakfast buffet and international cuisines for lunch and dinner in a stylish steakhouse setting.

What are the Places to Eat near Rijksmuseum?

1. Restaurant Floreyn
Claimed as one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam, Floreyn serves old-fashioned cuisines in a contemporary style. Excellent service, spacious, trendy and hygienic setting are the add-ons visitors can find at this place, 800m away from Rijksmuseum.

2. IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar
Rated as a great place to dine out, IZAKAYA offers fusion Asian cuisines amongst a Dutch mass. The delicious food with a background of music along with wonderful service - make this place unforgettable.

Do you need to book for the Rijksmuseum?

Rijksmuseum, unfortunately, has no free entrance. If you have an e-ticket, you are allowed to walk directly to the gates. Yes, you need to book your ticket online in advance. Otherwise, you have to buy a ticket from the office waiting in a queue approximately 20 to 30 minutes in the busiest months.

Which is better, Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh?

While Rijksmuseum is dedicated to art and crafts related to Dutch history from the year 1200 to 2000, the Van Gogh Museum is specifically for the works of Van Gogh and his contemporaries. Comparatively, Rijksmuseum has a higher art collection than the Van Gogh Museum. So, it also meets a higher number of audience than Van Gogh. In short, if you are keen about Dutch history, Rijksmuseum is a better suggestion for you.

Is there any Transportation facility available?

As Rijksmuseum is located at the museum square, it is well-connected to the city. From Central Station, Rijksmuseum is approximately 2.5km away, which takes 20-30 minutes to reach by walk. Moreover, you can take tram 2, which will drop you at the museum gate. Another option is metro, take line 52 and reach Vijzelgracht station, from where Rijksmuseum is a 10-minute walk.

What can you do in Amsterdam for free?

Luckily, you can opt for some free-of-cost activities to do in Amsterdam like:

1. Floating Flower Market
The famous floating flower market on the Singel Canal is free for a visit to enjoy the vibrant flowers with amazing smells.

2. Free Boat Trip
A free boat trip across the river IJ will offer you an enjoyable view of the Amsterdam waterfront.

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Rijks Museum Reviews

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John De Visser
Reviewed: 12 May 2023
5.0/5
I thoroughly enjoyed every second. A rich and amazing history that is a must see for all.
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Emma
Reviewed: 13 Jul 2023
5.0/5
A visit to the Rijksmuseum is a journey of inspiration! A journey through time, with 20/20 vision looking back, one realizes that Rembrandt was a few centuries ahead of his time. Interesting how we humans reinvent ourselves, and then realize that some trail-blazer had the idea a few centuries before... Read More
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Elvis
Reviewed: 04 May 2023
5.0/5
The whole museum is amasing, very easy to go through. Very nice experience. Content was amazing. It is crowded but you get to see everything. Very cultural expirience. Over all i would do it again. P.s. do not bring any suitcase with you, for you can not go in with a suitcase. Backpack is ok, and th... Read More
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Vikrant Mahajan
Reviewed: 13 May 2023
5.0/5
We were stuck as we were not getting entry tickets to museums in Amsterdam from the official websites of those museums. We were late and trying for tickets/passes at an 11th hour. Then we found out through THRILLOPHILIA. And we got it. Little costly but served the purpose right then and there.
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Divya Sharma
Reviewed: 07 Oct 2022
5.0/5
Great experience
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Margaux Kohut
Reviewed: 23 Apr 2024
5.0/5
Once in a lifetime. I’ve traveled here to beautiful Amsterdam from the USA.  To see the works of some of my favorite artists was so special. I was so moved by the works of Vermeer. Rembrandt and VanGogh.  I’m in my late 70’s so I know I shall never return. I can’t say enough about the staff.  They w... Read More

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