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Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

This unique combo ticket saves you both time and money as you explore Amsterdam's scenery by canal and enter the world-famous Van Gogh Museum. Purchase a combined ticket to the Van Gogh Museum and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals, and enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions with 1 ticket. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. Relax and admire beautiful, traditional merchant houses, numerous bridges, and typical houseboats as you soak up the unique vibe of Amsterdam on a 75-minute canal cruise.   Then, explore the legendary Van Gogh Museum’s exhibits at your own pace. The ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases. Note that the queues at the Van Gogh museum could still be long due to the start of the season. This 2 in 1 ticket gives you access to both the Van Gogh Museum and to a wonderful city canal cruise. Please make sure you show up at the Van Gogh Museum on the date and time for which the ticket is purchased. The City Canal Cruise can be done at any day on the times written on your voucher. 

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

2. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

Cruise along the canals in Amsterdam's historic center to experience the city from the best viewpoint, then discover 800 years of art and history at the Rijksmuseum with this combo ticket. During the cruise, admire Amsterdam's iconic bridges and 17th-century buildings lining the canals. As you enjoy the views, learn all about the city with an included audio guide. Plan on bringing the kids? Great, let them be a "freshwater pirate" as they enjoy the special kids' audio commentary and free goodie bag. Snacks and drinks are also available in the ticket office prior to boarding. Once you're back on dry land, visit the Rijksmuseum to explore 8,000 objects in 80 galleries. Marvel at world-famous masterpieces by Dutch masters like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen in the Gallery of Honour Admire the Rijksmuseum’s expansive, evocative collection that also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history, and many other culturally significant objects that combine to retell Dutch history within a global context.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

3. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

Combine a trip to the world-famous Van Gogh Museum with a spectacular 1-hour cruise through the historic canal district. The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands and has been visited by millions of people. There is no better way to complete a fun day trip to the Van Gogh Museum than with an exciting boat cruise. One half of the package includes a visit the Van Gogh Museum which has the world’s largest collection of paintings, drawings, sketches, and letters by the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. With almost two million visitors a year, it is the second most-visited museum in the Netherlands and definitely a must see. The Van Gogh Museum has over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by the artist. Some of the most famous pieces in the collection include The Potato Eaters (1885), Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette (1886), Sunflowers (1889), and Almond Blossoms (1890). The other half of the package includes an Amsterdam canal cruise. Amsterdam’s beautiful city center is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and there is no better way to explore it than with an Amsterdam canal cruise. The fun, 1-hour cruise will take you through the city’s most important canals, past magnificent 17th-century churches, mansions, boat houses, and bridges. You can see all of the best sights including the Westerkerk church, the Negen Straatjes district, and the Magere Brug on the Amstel river. The cruise features a GPS guide with information in several different languages and the boats are fitted with panoramic windows to ensure you enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Amsterdam Walking Tour and Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam Walking Tour and Canal Cruise

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at your hotel or if you travel to Amsterdam from elsewhere at a central point in the city. Set off at a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town and it’s original highlights. Your guide will take you to some of the city’s most important highlights such as Dam Square, where you can see the royal palace and national monument to commemorate all Dutch war victims. Walk past the West Church, the most important church of the city just around the corner from Anne Frank’s House. Explore the museum area with the Rijksmuseum and van Gogh museum. In addition to all the sights, your personal Amsterdam guide will reveal the city’s unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport and more. Finally step aboard a glass roofed canal boat and experience the city from water level. This cruise passes many of Amsterdam’s famous attractions. Canal houses from the Golden Age, the Stopera and a part of the harbor: the canal cruise takes you past all of these sights. Canal cruises are the ultimate way of getting to know the city and you’ll find out just why the canals of Amsterdam have been given World Heritage status by UNESCO.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Tour including Entry Ticket

5. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Tour including Entry Ticket

On a 2-hour tour of the Van Gogh Museum, your guide will help you understand the evolution of the artist’s work through his troubled personal life and experiences. From the best-known pieces in the collection to lesser-known gems, you’ll be taken on a journey that’s a perfect introduction for first-time visitors. When you arrive at the Museum, you'll meet your guide and make your way through the entrance. You’ll soon be inside, exploring the museum’s magnificent collection that includes works of art by Gauguin, Monet and other artists who inspired this mad genius. Your guide will lead you from Van Gogh’s earliest and darkest Dutch paintings to those of his more vibrant French period, including the iconic Sunflowers and the last work painted before his death.

Amsterdam: Private Half-Day Tour with a Local

6. Amsterdam: Private Half-Day Tour with a Local

Explore Amsterdam’s main historical sites and landmarks on a private 4-hour tour. Choose which landmarks and points of interest you want to visit, and receive personalized recommendations from your personal driver.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam by your English-speaking driver. Throughout the day, they will share their local knowledge and recommendations in each area you wish to visit. Walk through Dam Square, the Albert Cuyup Market, and the Red Light District. Admire the architecture of the Royal Palace and the Rijksmuseum. Take a photo of the famous Windmill of Amstel and the Amsterdam Canals. The tour is fully customizable and your driver will take you to the sights you want to see, and suggest other activities based on your interests. After 4 hours of exploration, be dropped off at your hotel.

Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum: Timed Entrance & Guided Tour

7. Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum: Timed Entrance & Guided Tour

Visit the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s top art venues, on this 5-hour guided small-group tour. Your expert guide will take you on an exciting journey through the history of art and you’ll also learn about Dutch civilization through the centuries. Enjoy skip-the-line admission at the museums and follow the chronological path of art and its historical context. See some of history's most famous works of art, concentrating on the Dutch Golden Age and well-known artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Admire The Night Watch by Rembrandt, Milkmaid by Vermeer, and Tree Roots and Trunks, which was Van Gogh’s last painting. Your guide will tell you about all the important works you see, explaining techniques used and the significance of the works as well.

Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour of the City Center

8. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour of the City Center

Feel like a local in Amsterdam and discover the city by bike. A private guide will take you to the city’s most important highlights, such as Dam Square, the Westerkerk, Anne Frank’s House, the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh museum, and the Vondelpark. Meet your guide at the bike shop and they will equip you with a citybike comfortable for you. Then, cycle along the banks of the canals towards the Dutch Protestant Westerkerk and the legendary Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht Canal. Head into the popular Jordaan area, home to many art galleries, markets, and stylish shops. Continue towards the Museum District, a neighborhood of the Oud Zuid where, along with museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, you will get the chance to cycle in the Vondelpark. Finally, venture into some of the busier parts of the city, including the main streets of the Canal Belt and De Wallen Red Light District.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour without Entry Ticket

9. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour without Entry Ticket

See masterpieces of art by Vincent Van Gogh on a guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and mark the 125th anniversary of the artist's death with an art history guide. Get a fascinating look into Van Gogh's life and work, and learn how, despite selling only one painting during his lifetime, he became one of the best known painters in history. Your guide will talk about the lengthy correspondence he exchanged with his younger brother Theo, providing a glimpse into the way he thought, worked and struggled. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, the museum is even of interest to those with limited knowledge of art. Hear anecdotes about Van Gogh’s life, and see easy-to-miss details in paintings such as “The Potato Eaters” and “Sunflowers.” If you want to explore major works and issues at more length during the tour, this can be arranged free of charge for up to 30 minutes. This activity does not include an entrance ticket to the museum; please purchase it yourself before booking this tour.

Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

10. Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

After a 90-120 minutes drive from Amsterdam your first destination will be Nuenen. Nuenen: Van Gogh Village Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and visit a range of locations in Nuenen that inspired the artist, including the reformed church featured in his painting. This excursion will give you an insight into Vincent’s life in Nuenen, where he lived from December 1883 to November 1885. Vincent was very productive in this village, completing more than 500 paintings and drawings within a period of just two years. One of these was The Potato Eaters, now one of Vincent’s most famous works. During your time in Nuenen you'll have the change to visit the Vincentre Museum, explore some of  the 23 ‘Van Gogh locations’ by bike or on foot and soak up the renowned Brabant hospitality at the numerous shops and cafes. After exploring Vincent’s homeland, return to Amsterdam to explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Renowned masterpieces, quotes from letters and audio fragments all unite to answer your burning questions about the artist. Learn about his numerous self-portraits, the time he spent in Southern France, where he painted Sunflowers and about why he painted Almond Blossom.

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What people are saying about Van Gogh Museum

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 212 reviews

We booked the tour as we missed out on getting tickets. However we absolutely loved it and was worth it. Melissa our guide was a wealth of information without it being too high brow. We learned loads and she was always on hand for local tips and recommendations. We got far more out of the museum than we would have ordinarily (as well as having a better time). Thanks Melissa!

Worked well for us. Went straight to ticket office in Damrak central Amsterdam and got a boarding ticket for cruise. Decent one hour cruise to get a good feel of city from waterline level. Van Gogh ticket was essential as we saw walk-ups being turned away and told 'booked all week'.

Our guide Faustina was excellent and very knowledge about the paintings and Van Gogh. Would highly recommend

O museu é excelente, a construção e o acervo. Há um trajeto proposto que facilita a visita.

Was very interesting and informative! Beautiful sights not to be forgotten about.