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Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Private Tour

Product ID: 47615
Discover why the Dutch Masters of the 17th-century are still beloved today on a 2-hour private tour of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Learn about techniques used by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals as you see some of their masterpieces with full explanations.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Dutch, English, German
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick-up from your hotel or other location in Amsterdam by request.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Learn about the Dutch Masters of the 17th century at the Rijksmuseum
  • Visit the Honorary Gallery to see Rembrandt's masterpiece The Nightwatch
  • Discover the difference between Medieval art and the innovative Flemish and Dutch Masters
  • See masterpieces by Vermeer, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and more
Full description
Get a better appreciation for art on a private 2-hour tour of the Rijksmuseum in central Amsterdam, and learn about the techniques of the Dutch Masters from a private guide.

He will explain technical aspects of painting, as well discuss the hidden meanings of some of the works. For the average 17th century citizen, a painting was like reading a book, or looking at a cartoon! It was not just a pretty object; without school books and television, it also served as a teaching tool.

History will spring to life as you look at paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and more, including Rembrandt's masterpiece “The Nightwatch.” Learn how the Dutch ruled the waves, following in the footsteps of the Spanish and Portuguese.

Hear how everyone wanted a piece of art on their walls, and why the painters made their art much closer to ordinary people than was previously the rule. Pictures of kings, queens and emperors, as well as mythological and historical scenes, were still drawn, but common scenes from daily life took the spotlight.
  • Private guide
  • Advice on how to skip-the-line, or how to make it bearable!
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance ticket

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the Rijksmuseum.

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Important information
Know before you go
• You will benefit from getting an "Amsterdam Card" (available on GetYourGuide). This allows you access to unlimited museums, and includes public transport (train service from the airport to Amsterdam city centre, trams in town etc.)

From £183.60 Per group up to 2

Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Our guide, Rolf, was very knowledgeable and incredibly engaging. He started by discussing the architecture and history of the Rijksmuseum and then focused on the art and the artists. He asked us questions such as; what we noticed in a painting, how we would compare one to another, what we liked (or disliked) about the painting and/or the artists’ style ..... He really made us think and thus learn in a very enjoyable way. Also, the GetYourGuide booking process was very easy. We would certainly engage this service again and would specifically ask for our guide again.

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September 22, 2018

Rolf was an excellent guide who was knowledgeable and passionate about art. He pointed out various interesting features about the artists, the culture of the time and different art techniques bringing alive the Grandmasters. My adult daughter, sister and 80 yr old mum all enjoyed the time. Rolf even arranged for a wheelchair for my mum to make her visit more comfortable. I feel that I have properly visited the Rijksmuseum through Rolf’s tour. Highly recommended!!

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September 16, 2018

An AMAZING tour with Isabel — highlight of our trip!

Our family of 4 from the US (two parents, two kids, ages 11 and 12) splurged on a private tour of the beautiful Rijksmuseum and it was hands-down the highlight of our 2-week vacation. Upon booking, it was a bit confusing in terms of timing and meeting place but the contact, Rolf, was communicative and timely. Rolf wasn't available for the tour but our substitute, Isabel, was simply perfect. Friendly, engaging and above all knowledgable. The tour was well-organized and thoughtfully paced. She wove art history with current-day analogies that brought the art to life for our entire family. Can't recommend enough.

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July 8, 2018

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Product ID: 47615