Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

Discover the best iconic Dutch art, including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer, and explore the country’s cultural history.

About Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands and one of the most renowned art museums in the world. It houses an extensive collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings, including masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Gogh and Frans Hals.

The museum also showcases a diverse range of artifacts, including sculptures, decorative arts, and historical objects, spanning over 800 years of Dutch history.

The Rijksmuseum was founded in 1798 and is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands.

Ship model 'William Rex' in Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Ship model ‘William Rex’ in Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

What to see

Paintings

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses an extensive collection of approximately 8,000 paintings.

Sculptures

Medieval sculptures, Asian sculptures, and decorative sculptures.

Decorative Arts

Furniture, silverware, Delftware, and other decorative items displaying Dutch craftsmanship.

Historical Artifacts

Ship models, weaponry, and artifacts from different periods of Dutch history.

Library and Archives

Extensive collections of books, manuscripts, and documents related to Dutch art and history.

Temporary Exhibitions

The museum hosts special exhibitions on varying themes and artists.

Garden of the Rijksmuseum

The garden of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was redesigned by the renowned Dutch landscape architect Pierre Cuypers, the same architect who designed the museum building.

It is a serene and well-maintained garden where visitors can relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Important artworks in this museum

  1. Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch”: One of the most famous paintings in the world, depicting a group of city guardsmen.
  2. Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”: A masterpiece capturing a domestic scene of a maid pouring milk.
  3. Jan Steen’s “The Merry Family”: A lively and detailed portrayal of a festive family gathering.
  4. Franz Hals’ “The Merry Drinker”: A vibrant portrait showcasing Hals’ mastery of capturing expressions.
  5. Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait: A powerful self-portrait by the celebrated Dutch post-impressionist painter.
  6. Jacob van Ruisdael’s Landscape Paintings: Ruisdael’s landscapes, highlighting the Dutch countryside.
  7. Asian Art Collection: An extensive array of Asian artifacts, including ceramics, sculptures, and textiles.
  8. Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Tower of Babel”: A remarkable painting depicting the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, showcasing Bruegel’s landscapes and architectural details.
  9. Willem Kalf’s Still Life Paintings: Exquisite still lifes portraying luxurious objects, showcasing Kalf’s meticulous attention to detail and composition.
  10. Rembrandt’s “Self-Portrait with Two Circles”: A striking self-portrait showcasing Rembrandt’s profound introspection and artistic skill.
  1. Johannes Vermeer’s “Woman Reading a Letter”: A captivating portrayal of a woman absorbed in reading, highlighting Vermeer’s mastery of light and detail.
  2. Doll’s Houses: Delightful miniature houses showcasing details of 17th-century Dutch life.
  3. Jan Asselijn’s “The Threatened Swan”: An emotive painting capturing a swan bravely defending its nest, symbolizing the Dutch struggle for independence during the 17th century.
  4. Hendrick Avercamp’s Winter Landscapes: Detailed winter scenes capturing the charm and challenges of Dutch winters during the 17th century.
  5. Gabriel Metsu’s “The Sick Child”: A poignant portrayal of a sick child and her worried mother, showcasing Metsu’s sensitivity to human emotions.
  6. Dirck van Baburen’s “The Procuress”: A provocative depiction of a brothel scene, highlighting the Dutch Baroque style and themes prevalent during the 17th century.
  7. Historical Ship Models: Meticulously crafted models that represent Dutch maritime history.
  8. Aernout van der Neer’s Moonlit Landscapes: Serene night landscapes illuminated by the moon, showcasing van der Neer’s mastery of capturing nocturnal atmospheres.

Location

The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam, the cultural center of the city. The museum is close to several attractions, including Van Gogh Museum, the municipal museum, and the famous concert hall.

Address
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Opening hours

Open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm.

Frequently asked questions

Can you buy souvenirs in the museum?

Yes, there is a giftshop. The giftshop has a variety of souvenirs, art-related items, books, and unique gifts inspired by the museum’s collection.

Is the museum accessible to wheelchair users?

Yes, the Rijksmuseum is accessible to wheelchair users. The museum is equipped with facilities to accommodate visitors with disabilities, including wheelchair ramps, elevators, and accessible restrooms.

Do children also have to pay for a ticket?

Children under the age of 18 can enter the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for free. They do not have to pay for a ticket, making it a family-friendly destination for visitors with children.

Is there a restaurant in the museum?

Yes, the museum’s restaurant is called “Rijks,” and it offers a menu inspired by Dutch culinary traditions.

Tickets

Prices and tariffs

CategoryTicket price
Adult22,50€
Cultureel Jongeren Paspoort (CJP)11,25€
People up to 18 yearsFree
National Postcode Lottery coupon
Maximum for 4 people
Free
I Amsterdam Citycard
Friends Lottery VIP CARD

KOG membership card
ICOM card
Rembrandt card

KVVAK
City pass

Supervisor of a visitor with a disability

For this option it is necessary to reserve a starting time.
Free

Guided tours and bundled packages

Save time and money by combining your Rijksmuseum visit with a canal cruise in Amsterdam.

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