Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is one of the Worlds leading museums and is dedicated to over 8 centuries of Dutch art
The Rijksmuseum, which in English means – The State Museum, has been around for more than two hundred years and in that time it has risen to be one of the most renown and breathtaking museums in the world.
|Address:||Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0) 20 6747 000
|Opening hours:||9:00 to 17:00 daily (including holidays such as Christmas and New Years Day)|
|Admission fees:||Adults: € 20.00. Children under the age of 18 are free|
By far the best way to get to the museum is to use public transport, in fact, the best way to get around Amsterdam is by using public transport! Several tram routes stop directly outside the museum. Check the tram route options here.
You can get into the main lobby area of the museum for free and use the cafe – which is actually a very nice place to spend a few minutes relaxing and chilling out before, after or during your time at the Rijksmuseum.
We do like to try and avoid the crowds, so as always it is good to get there early as it can get busy as the day goes on.
The cost of entry is relatively inexpensive at €20 for adults, and children under are free. Another thing we recommend is to use the audio-guided tour. You can rent a unit at the museum for a few euros or alternatively, you can download the app on your phone and use your own headphones. You can of course book a guided tour – the most popular of which is the highlights tours which costs you only €5.
The Rijksmuseum is large – well sort of huge – and you could easily spend a day or more fully exploring its galleries. The museum houses 8,000 artistic and historical objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from the year 1200 right up to the present. Unfortunately, we are not quite that committed to the study of art so we decided that we’d focus on the highlights.
We decided to start our time in the galleries housing the 19th Century exhibits, including some of the works of Vincent Van Gogh – if you are a big fan there is a whole other museum dedicated to his work a short distance away from the Rijksmuseum.
The other main draw to the museum is its extensive collection of the works from the great Dutch artist Rembrandt, which are found in a gallery with the works of other famous artists such as Vermeer. There is an interesting project underway to restore one of Rembrandt’s finest works “The Night Watch”. This restoration work is happening in real-time in a specially designed space behind plexiglass walls so the public can see what is happening,
Beyond these galleries, we just strolled through many others. There is just too much to see and eventually, we ended up with sensory overload. The works of art range from the 1200s to the present day so there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.
I have a great love for grand old libraries and book collections. Sad I know but there is something very mystical and alluring about libraries – especially the older variety. Think Hogwarts! Anyway, the Rijksmuseum has its own, the Cuypers Library is the largest and oldest art historical library in the Netherlands. Visitors are welcome to use the library – how cool is that!
After 3 hours of treading the floors of the Rijksmuseum, we were about done. We had probably walked about 25% of the galleries – so to do the whole museum justice you would have to make several trips. Perhaps another time. Whether you are a big fan of art the Rijksmuseum should be on your list of must-see places during a trip to Amsterdam. Just wear some comfortable shoes and be patient when moving through the crowds, especially around some of the more popular exhibits.