When visiting The Netherlands, a visit to the beautiful historic city of Amsterdam is absolutely a must! Not only because of the picturesque canals, quirky shops, typical Amsterdam cafes, the capital of The Netherlands has a lot more to offer!
Art lovers should not leave Amsterdam without a visit to the Rijksmuseum, one of the leading art museums in the Netherlands.
The Rijksmuseum means National museum in Dutch, is a typical Amsterdam landmark in a historical building and is the largest and most important art museum in The Netherlands. This museum is housing the world's most important collection of Dutch paintings. Every year more than a million people visit the Rijksmuseum.
This most popular museum in The Netherlands offers various audio tours, which are available in Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin. The Rijksmuseum offers special tours for children.
Until 2013 a large-scale rebuilding of the Rijksmuseum is taking place, but the best works from the 17th century - collection can be seen in 'The Masterpieces'-exhibition. The Masterpieces-collection you contains paintings from world famous painters like Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer. In addition, you can also find a large collection of art from Asia.
Opening Times, Admission Fee and Transport
The Rijksmuseum is open from 9:00 until 18:00, but please be aware that the ticket office closes at 17:30.
The admission fee for adults is 12.50 Euros. Children younger than 18 years can enter the museum for free. To avoid making long queues, you can already purchase your tickets online via the website of the Rijksmuseum.
The location can easily be reached by public transport. From the Amsterdam Central Station, you should take tram line 2 to Nieuw Sloten or tram line 5 to Amstelveen Binnenhof. You should get out at the tram stop Hobbemastraat. You can also go by car to the Rijksmuseum, there is a parking garage underneath Museumplein (Museum square) and you will find the entrance opposite the Concertgebouw (Concert building).
All of the rooms in the museum are accessible for wheelchairs. The museum can also provide wheelchairs.
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol
In the terminal of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol you will find a small branch of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, which can be visited by passengers. Schiphol is the first airport in the world with a museum in the terminal. You will find Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol behind the passport control.
Other Museums in Amsterdam
Besides the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam has a lot of other interesting museums that you can visit during your trip to the Dutch capital. Art lovers should also visit the Van Gogh Museum and lovers of alcoholic beverages should definitely pay a visit to the Heineken Experience and House of Bols.
Refer to my other Amsterdam articles if you are interested in:
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands
- Parks and Gardens in Amsterdam
- Fun Things To Do For Kids In Amsterdam