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On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Rijksmuseum.

Rijksmuseum features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Amsterdam City Guide5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • World famous national museum
  • Great collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age
  • Rembrandt's Night Watch on display

Time required: 90 minutes

Phone: +31 20 674 70 00

Web site: http://www.rijksmuseum.n...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 9am - 6pm


Ticket type Charge
General: 12.5 €
Under 18: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 2: Hobbemastraat stop
  • Tram Line 5: Hobbemastraat stop

Address: Jan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam

Things you need to know:

  • Rijksmuseum is a national museum dedicated to arts, crafts, and history
  • The collection contains some seven million art pieces
  • It has an extensive collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (17th c.) and a substantial collection of Asian art
  • Rembrandts, Vermeers, Frans Hals and Jan Steens hang on the walls, including Night Watch and The Kitchen Maid
  • King Louis Napoleon established the museum in 1808
  • Its first home was in the Royal Palace on the Dam; its current monumental home was built in 1885 in neo-Renaissance style
  • The protestant king and public first much disliked the building and mocked it "Cathedral" as it bares many Catholic elements thanks to Cuypers, its Catholic architect

What to do there:

  • Pick up a free plan or take an audio guide
  • Admire the masterpieces on display (the layout makes it easy to do a self-guided tour)
  • Pay attention to the impressive interior of the building
  • Do not miss the major works: The Milkmaid, The Jewish Bride, and Night Watch

Tips & Insights:

  • Up until 2013, the Rijksmuseum will be renovated but most parts are still open to the public (the museum is still worth a visit in spite of the ongoing works)
  • Audio guide is available for 5 €
  • Two audio guide options are available: a general overview and a more specific painting-centered one describing the works in detail

Rijksmuseum features in these preplanned City Guides: