The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the national Dutch museum. The Rijksmuseum’s collection encompasses well-known Dutch art and history. You may study the history of the Netherlands, which dates back 800 years! If you are planning to visit the Rijksmuseum, in this guide you will find everything that you need! This way you can be well prepared during your visit. Continue reading to earn some interesting facts, brief history, opening hours, how to get tickets, and more about the Rijksmuseum.
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What We’ll Cover
- Opening Hours & Rijksmuseum Tickets/Admissions
- How Long to Budget for your Visit
- Famous Paints & Works of Art
- Places to Eat Inside and Nearby
- Facts & History of the Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum Opening Hours & Admissions
The Rijksmuseum is open daily from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, also including all public holidays. Meaning, you won’t have to stress as to when the museum is closed or when to plan your visit!
As for tickets, you can purchase your Rijksmuseum ticket online. Rijksmuseum offers free entrance up to 18 years old. However, an adult entrance costs €20. It is important to note that upon purchasing your ticket, you need to select a start time. Make sure you are on time and that you don’t miss your start time otherwise your ticket is no longer valid! The start time specifies when your visit will begin. During opening hours, you are free to stay as long as you wish.
Pro Tip: No need to stress about printing out your tickets! At the museum, they can scan the ticket from your mobile.
How Much Time To Budget For Rijksmuseum
Short Answer: about 3 hours
The Rijksmuseum is a enourmous! There is so much to see the last thing you’d want to do is rush. There are 800 years of history in this museum and lots to see and learn. The last thing you want to do is have to rush through it. If you want to enjoy the museum in tranquility, then I recommend about 3 hours.
Celena’s Hack: A great plan of attack is to do research before on what you would love to see! This way you won’t feel overwhelmed upon arriving. I would also recommend stopping for some lunch at the RIJKS restaurant or a snack at the cafe, this way you can go back with fresh eyes.
Famous Works Of Art At The Rijksmuseum
- The Night Watch
- The Milkmaid
- Portrait of a couple, probably Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrix Van Der Laen
- Landscape With Two Oaks
- Morning Ride Along the Beach
- Girl In A White Kimono
- Winter Ladscape with White Ice Skaters
- The Merry Family
- The Threatened Swan
- Self Portrait of Van Gogh
- Still Life With A Turkey Pie
Read our article on the top works of art to see inside the Rijksmuseum for more in-depth descriptions of each of the above-listed artwork.
Places To Eat Inside Rijksmuseum & Nearby
The RIJKS – Located in the Philips Wing. You can enjoy fine dining at this Michelin star restaurant in the museum. Fun fact: RIJKS has an active exchange program with guest chefs from around the world!
The Café – Indoor and located in the Atrium right above the Museum shop. Ideal for some coffee or a quick bite.
Nearby Rijksmuseum (Outside)
Cobra Café – The perfect spot with a nice terrace to have a simple meal and drink.
Address: Hobbemastraat 18 | Hours: Daily 9:30 AM – 8 PM | €
Lunchkiosk Museumplein – A food stand where you can find quick and easy options to eat
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 3 | Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 6 PM | €
Facts & History Of Rijksmuseum
- The Rijksmuseum was originally founded in The Hague
- What first started as a ‘prestige project’, is now known as the national museum of the Netherlands
- The Rijksmuseum first opened 200 years ago but fun fact! It wasn’t in Amsterdam
- The museum tells the story of Dutch history from 1200 to now. That’s 800 years of Dutch history!
- Pierre Cuypers was a famous Dutch architect that designed the Rijksmuseum
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