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Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

1. 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, Frans Hals, and perhaps most notably Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which takes pride of place in a beautifully lit hall allowing visitors to enjoy every tiny detail.  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 artefacts, 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.

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The I Amsterdam City Card

2. 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 Van Gogh Museum (time slot ticket required, book via iamsterdam.com/timeslot), the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, 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 I amsterdam City Card Enjoy free entrance* with the I amsterdam City Card to the following museums and attractions Free admission to the following museums/attractions: Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam Pipe Museum ARTIS Royal Zoo Cromhouthuis Biblical Museum Cobra Museum Amstelveen EYE Filmmuseum Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam Geelvinck Piano[la] Museum  Hermitage Amsterdam Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age – Hermitage Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage  National Holocaust Memorial - Jewish Cultural Quarter National Holocaust Museum Jewish Cutural Quarter Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography Jewish Historical Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter Klederdracht Museum – Dutch Costume Museum  ARTIS –Micropia  De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam Oude Kerk Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic Multatuli Huis - Multatuli Museum Portuguese Synagogue - Jewish Cultural Quarter  Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Rembrandt House Museum Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime MuseumMoco Museum Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture Rijksmuseum  Science Center NEMO Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Tassenmuseum Hendrikje - Museum of Bags and Purses Museum Tot Zover - Funeral Museum Tropenmuseum Van Gogh Museum Museum Van Loon Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum Museum Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam ArenA Stadium Tours Amsterdam Tulip Museum Het Grachtenhuis - Museum of the Canals Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum A'DAM Lookout (entrance with I Amsterdam City Card until 6:00 PM) 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 Sawmill Dyestuff Mill De Zoeker Oliemolen (Oil Mill) De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill)  In Muiden: Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot  In Naarden: Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting  In Laren: Singer Laren  In Lelystad: In Zaanse Schans: Free Ferry from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans Free giveaway In Amsterdam: De Drie Fleschjes - Free shot of genever (18+) Eetsalon Van Dobben - Free croquette roll Holland Casino Amsterdam - Free entrance (18+) 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. 25% discount – Music & Stage Bimhuis – Jazz Boom Chicago - English improv comedy theatre Het Concertgebouw - The Concertgebouw Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% discount - Attractions The Amsterdam Dungeon Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+) Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise  Heineken Experience (18+) De Hollandsche Manege - Dutch Equestrian School Museum House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) Het Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets  Museumphoto THIS IS HOLLAND Body Worlds Hop on Hop off Holland: Cheese, Windmills & Villages 25% discount - Transport & Rentals Pedal boat Bicycle rental & Bike Tours  Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself  25% discount - Food & Drink Blue AmsterdamDe Koffieschenkerij – Coffee bar at the back of the Oude Kerk  The Pancake Bakery Pancakes Amsterdam Restaurant-Café In de Waag Restaurant Pasta e Basta Restaurant Wagamama - Noodle restaurant Bourgondisch Lifestyle Amsterdam  Reypenaer Proeflokaal - Cheese tasting

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Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

3. Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

Start your Amsterdam tour by jumping on board a bicycle and traveling like the locals do. On this quirky Amsterdam bike tour you will use the city’s most beloved form of transportation and hear stories and tales from the city’s past and present. You’ll feel like a true Amsterdammer in no time. Weave your way through Amsterdam’s history by starting downtown. See all the major highlights as you learn about Amsterdam's rich history. Cycle over bridges, along idyllic canals, and into hidden courtyards. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the picturesque city. At each stop your guide will tell you about the history of the sites that you’re visiting and also about Amsterdam's culture.

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Rijksmuseum: Tour

4. 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.

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Amsterdam: Luxury Canal City Cruise from Rijksmuseum

5. Amsterdam: Luxury Canal City Cruise from Rijksmuseum

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on an eco-friendly, luxury boat cruise departing in front of the renowned Rijksmuseum. Get unmissable photo opportunities and experience the most relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic noise and congestion. Take in incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from unique water vantage points as your local boat skipper tells you informative and entertaining tidbits about the sites along the route. See the 17th-century buildings lining famous canals like Herengracht and Prinsengracht, as well modern buildings showcasing the influential 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. Sail by the Hermitage Museum, marvel at the Neo-Renaissance architecture of the Koninklijk Theater Carré, and witness the poignant Monument to Jewish Resistance from a unique perspective. Glide past the whimsical Skinny Bridge, the posh Amstel Hotel, and the popular Heineken Experience Brewery. Be greeted back to land with perfect views of the Rijksmuseum. Relax in cushioned seats and have the option to purchase festive cocktails and drinks from the bar onboard. Feel good knowing you’re helping Amsterdam stay green as you cruise on boats that are 100% electric. Enjoy an open-air boat experience on a sunny day or stay warm with a protective covering on cooler days. Benefit from the flexibility of a one-use ticket that can be used on any one of the cruises departing within the hour you booked.

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Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

6. 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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Combination Ticket: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

7. Combination Ticket: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam Canal Cruises is situated in one of the nicest neighborhoods of Amsterdam: De Pijp. This marvelling quarter with exotic shops, a variety of international restaurants, the famous Albert Cuyp-market and the most famous museums in the world is certainly worth a visit. Amsterdam Canal Cruises offers you the possibility to combine a visit to one of these museums with a canal cruise through Amsterdam. With our combination tickets you do not only get a discount, but you also avoid the queues at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. This way you save money and, more importantly, you save time! How does it work? You can buy the combination ticket of your choice here at this website. This 2 in 1 ticket gives you access to both the Rijksmuseum and to a wonderful city canal cruise.

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Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum: Timed Entrance & Guided Tour

8. 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.

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Amsterdam: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

9. Amsterdam: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

See Amsterdam like a local on a private bike tour. Bike along the banks of the pretty canals in the Canal Belt, and pedal over drawbridges to discover hidden courtyards and secret churches. Continue to Vondelpark, the city's largest and most beautiful park. After a long ride through the leafy park, head to Museumplein to discover Amsterdam's most important museums. See the city’s most important highlights, such as Dam Square, Anne Frank’s House, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh museum. As a private tour, the itinerary can always be customized to your interests, ensuring you see the things you want to see and enjoy a tour that suits you.

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Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour and see all the main sights of the historic center, including the enchanting bridges, barges, houseboats and mercantile houses of the Canal Belt. Get well-acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on the Canal Belt. Be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings, numerous houseboats, and, of course, some of the most famous sights in the city. Learn how the city evolved from a muddy town on the Amstel River in the 12th century to the modern day metropolis. Get a local’s perspective and discover some little-known secrets of the city, including tree-lined squares and private courtyards. Get priceless tips on how to make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit?

    The Rijksmuseum is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM every day of the year (yep, even Christmas!). To avoid queues, arrive before 10:00AM or after 3:00PM, although the latter won't allow you time to see much. April, May, and August are its busiest months, when visitors can expect to queue for about half an hour at peak times.

  • How to get there?

    The Rijksmuseum is located in Museumplein (Museum Square) in Amsterdam South. It can be reached via trams 2 and 5 to the Rijksmuseum tram stop, 7 and 12 to Museumplein, and 10 to Spiegelgracht.v

  • How much time?

    Obviously some visitors will prefer to take their time with each artwork, while others may have an itinerary of the best bits so they can skip the rest. Either way, plan a minimum of 2-3 hours there.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The museum is open 365 days a year from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult ticket prices start at 17.50€.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check our these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Trams 2, 5, 7, 10 and 12 all stop near the Rijksmuseum. Check the name of the stop before you head out!
  • Additional information

    • The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Shop and Café are open to visitors without a ticket.

    • Visitors under 18 gain free admission to the museum.

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What people are saying about Rijksmuseum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,521 reviews

It is the perfect tool for having no head aches during the trip. We had 2 cards of 72h each and we visited only 3 museums, Rijkmuseum, Van Gogh and Amsterdam Museum, because it takes time to visit properly and these are the most important to learn also about Nederlands and Amsterdam history, i wanted to visit Rembrand but didn’t. No time. Anna Frank’ s house museum is not included, it should be…The card is very useful for the transport, we traveled a lot from a point to another. The city public transport infrastructure is the best i’ve seen. We use it for a canal cruise with Stromma. And also at parking at P&R Arena to prove we let the car 3 days for visiting the city. Otherwise, 90 euro instead of 3 So, useful, the time slot for museums was easy to reserve. Very good tool

The card was very worthwhile for us - but good organization is necessary for this, as a timeslot booked in advance is necessary for many activities.

The ticket booking was easy and entry to the Rijksmuseum was easy with the barcodes. The museum comes highly recommended.

Well worth visiting. I really enjoyed it and so much history and amazing art .

Fantastic exhibition and incredibly interesting. Definitely worth it!