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Top 5 most famous paintings at the Rijksmuseum

As well as historical artifacts, the Netherlands' national museum boasts much of the country's best art. With over 2,000 works from the Dutch Golden Age by luminaries like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Vermeer, here are a few must-sees to help plan your visit!

The Milkmaid by Johann Vermeer

The Milkmaid by Johann Vermeer

A drizzle of milk is the only movement in Vermeer's exemplary study of a woman engaged in daily routine – as much the artist's trademark as his exquisite rendering of light.

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

This early self-portrait captures the artist's transition into the Post-Impressionist style that would define his seminal works. A perfect aperitif for the nearby Van Gogh Museum!

The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman

The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman

Though storm clouds linger over Napoleon's army, a patch of sunlight pierces through to illuminate the Anglo-Dutch heroes. No prizes for guessing which side the artist was on!

Early Self Portrait by Rembrandt

Early Self Portrait by Rembrandt

Unusual for a self-portrait, Rembrandt's face is cast in shadow. Is he commenting on the vanity of his contemporaries, or have we just been duped into paying closer attention?

The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn

The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn

Asselijn's swan adopts an almost kung-fu-like stance against an approaching hound. Though its intentions are unclear, it was soon adopted as a symbol of national resistance!

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Rijksmuseum

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Make sure you get map when you first get inside, pre book your tickets for quick access, and stow coat etc in the well organized cloakroom. spend the next few hours wandering. Loved it. Got lost a few times. Definitely get a map!

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If you are planning on visiting many place in Amsterdam and move relatively alot with Transportation...this card is very very useful. Only the NS train service is not inclused in the card (Stand: 12.10.2020)

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Frank was an excellent guide and gave us lots of information, he easily answered all of our questions. A fun and great way to see the city. Thanks Frank

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