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Rijksmuseum

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

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Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

Discover the unique beauty of Amsterdam at night on an evening cruise. Admire the lights, bridges, and canal houses and see a new side of the city. Board your cruise and begin your tour. Watch the stately 17th-century warehouses of the Dutch capital glide by. Admire the hundreds of bridges and iconic buildings alongside the canals as you cruise through the city and marvel at the illuminated Skinny Bridge. Enjoy the beautiful views and listen to an audio guide with information about the city. See the best Amsterdam has to offer and immerse yourself in the city at night while enjoying the charm of a cruise with a family-run business. Experience a different atmosphere in the city under the night sky. Add a snack box to your booking and enjoy some snacks and drinks as you cruise. Nibble on chips, popcorn, stroopwafels, and salted peanuts with a soft drink, beer, or glass of wine as you sail through Amsterdam's canals.

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

3. 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 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: Rijksmuseum Guided Tour and Ticket

5. 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.

Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

6. 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. After arriving in Amsterdam, head to the I amsterdam Store to pick up the physical card. Once you've got your card, activate it to begin your vacation. As you explore, use the I amsterdam City Card app to get up-to-date information and to navigate the city with a map. The card also comes with discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Johan Cruijff Arena 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 and 24h free bicycle rental. Complete listing offers included in the I Amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions (timeslot booking may be required): •Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam •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 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 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 •Stromma 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 •Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music •Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% discount - Attractions •The Amsterdam Dungeon •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 •NXT Museum •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 •Blue Amsterdam •Pancakes Amsterdam •The Pancake Bakery •Restaurant de Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis •Restaurant Wagamama - Asian restaurant •Taverne de Visscher •Zuiderzee Museum

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

7. 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: Highlights Canal Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Learn the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes in more than 100 highlights! Board the boat by the Stromma Central Station or the Rijksmuseum in the city center, and set sail from the IJ waterfront. The on board commentary will explain the city’s emergence in the 13th century, to the merchants of the Dutch East India Company that led to the so-called “Golden Age.” See some of today’s modern architecture as you cruise around the southernmost part of fashionable Amsterdam-Noord. Sail past old warehouses, dockyards, and boatyards. Cruise under enchanting bridges from the past and present. Watch the centuries merge as you experience Amsterdam in its purest form - as a seaport. Along the way, you will pass many of Amsterdam’s most famous monuments, and discover why UNESCO declared the city’s canals a World Heritage Site.

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

9. 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. Discover 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) 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: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

10. Amsterdam: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

Amsterdam is the perfect bike city and there is no better way to discover it than on this guided bike tour. The best way to see and experience this city is like the locals on a bike. Meet your guide in the bike shop and they will provide you with a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour there will be time for a number of stops at interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of these locations. You will discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. You will visit the famous canals, the Dutch Protestant Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht. Then cycle through the various neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass Rembrandt's house and the Rijksmuseum, with its rich collection of Dutch art and history. Next, you will discover and cycle through the Museumplein and the Vondelpark before heading back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Rijksmuseum

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4.6 / 5

based on 13,776 reviews

The guide Was very nice and shared a lot of nice stories. Also Laura answered all our questions and recommended really nice Restaurants. We definately recommended this Tour

Captain Ko did a wonderful job of showing us the canals of Amsterdam and shared lots of interesting stories and knowledge. Thanks for having us, we really enjoyed the tour.

Isabelle was amazing - so knowledgeable and so much fun. It was easy to schedule. Big thank you and highly recommended.

Quite useful to save time (by rows) and it's super easy to use by downloading the GoCity app.

Kosta was a wonderful guide of a city! This tour was SO fun.