Rijksmuseum

Marvel at works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other old masters from the Dutch golden age.

Rijksmuseum: Our most recommended tours and activities

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

1. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

Admire Amsterdam from the water on a 75-minute canal cruise and beat the queues at the Rijksmuseum with skip-the-line entry. Listen to audio commentary on the cruise and marvel at the works of artists, such as Vermeer. Upgrade your package with a snack box lunch. Present your voucher at the ticket office and pick up your sweet or savory snack box (if option selected) before boarding your boat at the docks of either the Heineken Experience or Hard Rock Cafe. Soak up the city views as you sail along the UNESCO-listed canals. Learn about the sites along the way with audio commentary on board. Visit the Rijksmuseum at your booked timeslot and avoid the queues with your fast-track ticket. Marvel at the renowned collections, including historic art by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and perhaps most notably, Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch."  

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

2. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

Treat yourself to a wonderful day in one of Amsterdam’s grandest museums, the Rijksmuseum, located in the heart of the city. The Rijksmuseum's internationally revered collection features some of the nation’s most famous works, including historic art by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Van Gogh, and others. Visitors can admire Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which takes pride of place in a beautifully lit hall allowing visitors to enjoy every tiny detail. Gaze also upon 'The Jewish Bride'. This last painting reduced Vincent van Gogh to tears who, upon visiting the Rijksmuseum shortly after it opened, wrote in a letter that he would gladly give up ten years of his life to sit in front of the painting for two weeks, eating only a stale crust of bread. Visitors can expect much more than just paintings by Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. The Rijksmuseum’s expansive, evocative collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history, and many other culturally significant objects, all combining to vividly retell 800 years of Dutch history within a global context. And naturally, the collection isn't frozen in time – new items such as a Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent dating from 1965 can also be seen. The largest research and restoration project ever for 'The Night Watch' has started. This is happening live in the museum and you can be part of it and support the project with a donation.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

3. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

Combine 2 of Amsterdam’s must-do experiences with this tour of the Canal Belt by boat and entry to the legendary Rijksmuseum. Admire the beautiful canal boats and merchant houses from the water on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes you along some of the historic waterways. Dug in the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Feast your eyes on the decorative façades of the canalside buildings, and marvel at all the different styles of gables, such as clock, spout and neck gables. Pass iconic architecture, including the Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, the legendary home of the World War 2 diarist Anne Frank, the imposing Westerkerk, and the old Port of Amsterdam. Then, disembark to enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Rijksmuseum. See masterpieces by the Dutch masters of the 17th century, including Rembrandt’s “The Nighwatch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaiden.”

Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

4. Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

The Amsterdam Airport Express provides a quick and easy transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city center of Amsterdam. Departing every 8 minutes from bus platform B17. This bus takes you directly to Stadionplein, Emmastraat, Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there, you can get to many hotels in Amsterdam very easily. If you travel at night the same bus N97 goes twice per hour between 1 AM and 5 AM in both directions. Sit back and relax during the 25 minutes trip while you charge your smartphone, use the free WiFi and check your bus stop on one of the screens. The bus has a low entry so you can bring your luggage inside the bus and keep it with you. Full list of stops in both directions: Amsterdam Airport Knooppunt Schiphol Noord Anderlechtlaan Amstelveenseweg Olympisch Stadion Haarlemmermeerstation Emmastraat Museumplein Rijksmuseum Leidseplein Busstation Elandsgracht

Amsterdam: 1, 2, 3, or 5-Day Go City All-Inclusive Pass

5. Amsterdam: 1, 2, 3, or 5-Day Go City All-Inclusive Pass

Enjoy unlimited access to Amsterdam's hottest attractions with a pass valid for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days. Visit the Moco Museum, discover world-famous collections of historic art, and admire the city from the canals on a cruise. Easily display your pass on your phone and use the digital guide to help you plan your itinerary and make reservations when necessary. There is something for everyone with over 25 attractions including the Heineken Experience. Attractions/Activities included with your Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass: • Heineken Experience (reservations required)• Moco Museum• A'DAM Lookout• 100 Highlights Cruise• Rijksmuseum (reservations required)• Houseboat Museum• This Is Holland (reservations required)• Rembrandts Amsterdam Experience• Tour de BonTon• Royal Experience - Royal Coster Diamonds (reservations required)• 1-hour pedal boat• MacBike bike rental• Diamond Museum Amsterdam• Jewish Cultural Quarter• Amsterdam Pipe Museum• House of Bols cocktail experience• Amsterdam Tulip Museum• Tony Chocolonely Superstore• AMAZE Amsterdam – a new immersive experience by ID&T• Rembrandthius Experience• Once Upon a Time Museum• Ferry to Muiderslot Castle (April to October)• Muiderslot Castle• Keukenhof Tour (spring)• Keukenhof skip-the-line entry and coach transfers (seasonal/reservations required)• Zaanse Schans Tour (reservations required)• Zaanse Schans Card• Volendam, Edam, and Windmills Tour (reservations required)• Rotterdam, Delft, and The Hague Tour (reservations required)

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Guided Tour and Ticket

6. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Guided Tour and Ticket

Meet your guide at Cobra Cafe, at Museumplein, next to the Rijksmuseum, to start your journey to the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age. The entrance ticket into the Rijksmuseum is included in your tour, and the guide will have hem ready for you at the start. Discover the art and objects that defined the new Dutch Republic. Be amazed by the illusionism of the still-life paintings and be inspired by the scale of Rembrandt’s "The Nightwatch." Learn about some of the most famous features and works in the Museum including Rembrandt’s Portraits, Ferdinand Bol’s self-portrait, Jan Steen’s family interiors, Vermeer’s "The Milkmaid", 7th Century Delftware, 17th Century Dolls Houses, and The Pierre Cuypers Library. Along the way, your professional guide will explain the social and historical context that gave rise to one of the biggest middle-class art markets the world had ever seen. After the tour, you are welcome to continue to explore the rest of some of the 8,000 works on display or relax in the cafe or museum shop. Your ticket is valid all day.

Rijksmuseum: Tour

7. Rijksmuseum: Tour

Meet your guide who will give you your entrance ticket. Once inside the museum, begin to explore the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age. Discover the art and objects that defined the new Dutch Republic. Be amazed by the illusionism of the still-life paintings and be inspired by the scale of Rembrandt’s "The Nightwatch". Learn about some of the most famous features and works in the museum, including Rembrandt’s portraits, Ferdinand Bol’s self-portrait, Jan Steen’s family interiors, and Vermeer’s "The Milkmaid". You will also see a collection of 17th-century doll houses. Along the way, your professional guide will explain the social and historical context that gave rise to one of the biggest middle-class art markets the world had ever seen. After the tour, you are welcome to continue to explore the rest of the art works on display, or relax in the cafe or museum shop. Your entrance ticket is valid all day.

Amsterdam: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

8. Amsterdam: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

Visit 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 top attractions of your choice and save up to 40% compared to buying individual tickets with an Amsterdam Explorer Pass. Browse the included digital guide to plan and book ahead the attractions you want to visit, then show the digital or printed copy of your pass on the day, for entry. Valid for 60 days from first use, your pass gives you plenty of time to enjoy your vacation at your own pace. Visit THIS IS HOLLAND and soar over the Netherlands on a 5D flight simulator, learn all about the brewing process at the Heineken Experience, see the collection of diamonds on a private guided tour with the Royal Experience, take in the views on the 100 Highlights Cruise, and many more! With the Amsterdam Explorer Pass, you can choose 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from the following: • Heineken Experience • Rijksmuseum • THIS IS HOLLAND • Moco Museum - Banksy & more • A'DAM LOOKOUT • 100 Highlights Cruise • Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Live Guided Tour • Tour de BonTon • Rembrandts Amsterdam Experience • House of Bols Cocktail Experience • Royal Experience - Royal Coster Diamonds • Keukenhof Tour (Seasonal - back in Spring) • Zaanse Schans Card • Pedal Boat 1-hour • MacBike Bike Rental • Houseboat Museum • Ferry to Muiderslot Castle (Seasonal - April to October) • Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot • Volendam, Edam & Windmills Tour • Diamond Museum Amsterdam • Jewish Cultural Quarter • Zaanse Schans Tour • Museum Het Rembrandthuis • Once Upon a Time Museum • AMAZE Amsterdam - immersive audiovisual experience by ID&T • Shopping in Roermond (Seasonal) Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the Go City digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

9. Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with an I Amsterdam City Card, and enjoy free entrance to many of the city's top museums and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. The card also comes with discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds, and Amsterdam Dungeon. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours from first use, unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for the duration of your card allows you to get around quickly. You can also enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam. Complete listing offers included in the I Amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions: •Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam •A'DAM Lookout •Amsterdam Museum •Amsterdam Pipe Museum •Amsterdam Tulip Museum •Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam •ARTIS Royal Zoo •ARTIS Micropia •ARTIS Groote Museum •Cobra Museum Amstelveen •Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum •Do-It-Yourself Foodie Tour •Embassy of the Free Mind •EYE Filmmuseum •Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam •Fun Forest •Gassan Diamonds •Geelvinck Pianola Museum •Het Grachtenhuis - Museum of the Canals •Hermitage Amsterdam •Hermitage - Museum of the Mind •Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden •Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography •Jewish Cutural Quarter - Portugese Synagogue •Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter •Luther Museum •Moco Museum •Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum •Multatuli Museum •Museum de Dageraad •Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic •Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Rembrandt House Museum •Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture •Museum Tot Zover - Funeral Museum •Museum Van Loon •Museum Willet-Holthuysen •De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam •Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage •Oude Kerk •Rijksmuseum •Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime Museum •Science Center NEMO •The Studio NEMO •Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives •Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam •THIS IS HOLLAND •Tropenmuseum •Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum •Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum Amsterdam Metropolitan Area In Haarlem: •Frans Hals Museum •Teylers Museum •Free Canal Cruise In Volendam/Marken: •Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) •Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: •Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans: •Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience •Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) •Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House •Tsar Peter House, Zaandam •Mill Museum •Zaan Time Museum •De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill) •De Kat (Chalk Mill) •De Schoolmeester (Paper Mill) •Het Jonge Schaap (Sawmill) In Muiden: •Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot •Amsterdam Fortress Island Pampus In Naarden: •Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting In Laren: •Singer Laren In Zaanse Schans: •Free Ferry from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans Freebies: •De Drie Fleschjes - Free shot of genever (18+) •Holland Casino Amsterdam - Free entrance (18+) •Haarlem Tourist Office Free canal cruise in Amsterdam: •Blue Boat Company •Canal Company Canal Cruise •Gray Line The #1 Canal Cruise •Lovers Canal Cruises •Amsterdam Circle Line B.V. Free 24h Bike Rental 25% discount – Music & Stage •Bimhuis – Jazz •Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre •Het Concertgebouw - Classical music •Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music •Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% discount - Attractions •The Amsterdam Dungeon •Amsterdam Harbour Cruise •Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+) •Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours •Body Worlds •Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise •Fabrique des Lumieres •Fashion for Good Museum Amsterdam •Heineken experience •House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) •Het Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet •Madame Tussauds Amsterdam •Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets •NXT Museum •Once Upon a Time •Our House •Rembrandts Amsterdam •STRAAT museum •Upside Down Amsterdam •25% discount - Transport & Rentals •Pedal boat •Bicycle rental & Bike Tours •Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself 25% discount - Food & Drink •Bar Bitterbal •Blue Amsterdam •Dijkers Eten & Drinken •Pancakes Amsterdam •The Pancake Bakery •Restaurant de Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis •Restaurant-Café In de Waag •Restaurant Pasta e Basta •Restaurant Wagamama - Asian restaurant •Taverne de Visscer •Zuiderzee Museum

Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

10. Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

The best way to explore Amsterdam is like the locals do, on a bike. You will meet your guide in the bike shop and be given a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour you will stop at a number of interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of the city. Discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. Cycle along the famous canals and Dam Square. Cycle through the various different neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass the Rijksmuseum, home to a rich collection of Dutch art and history. Discover other gems such as the Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw.

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What people are saying about Rijksmuseum

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4.5 / 5

based on 24,043 reviews

Very nice experience. Huge queue, of course, so make sure to get there early and save a good spot. Bring your drinks and snacks, it's allowed.

It was enjoyable! The guide gave a lot of information about canals and buildings, it had humorous, comfortable energy to it. :)

I’m so happy I found this app. Easy to use. I have already started sharing it with friends and family who want to travel

Captain introduced the history of the canals and the buildings/ architectures nearby in very detail.

Definitely worth doing , especially at night, seen buildings we wouldn’t have seen .