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Tickets to the Rijksmuseum for anyone under 18 are free!

If you intend to visit only the permanent collection, you do not need to book a time slot. If you wish to see whatever temporary exhibition is on show, you must book a time slot. The Rijksmuseum is renowned for its temporary exhibitions and there is usually no additional charge to see them

Rijksmuseum Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults Ticket: $ 20.00 (online $ 19,00)
  • Holders of EYCA Ticket: $ 10,00 (online $ 9,50)
  • Children aged 18 and under: free admission
  • Friends of the Rijksmuseum: free admission

Adding a Rijksmuseum guided tour to your visit costs $5,00 and is only available on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Rijksmuseum Ticket

Children under 18 are entitled to free entry to the Rijksmuseum but they must have a printed e-ticket with barcode to enter.

Free entry to the Rijksmuseum is possible with one of the following Amsterdam cards or benefits:

  • Museumkaart holders
  • I Amsterdam City Card holders
  • Members of ICOM , ICOMOS, The Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) , KOG, Stadspas, VVAK and BankGiro Lottery VIP-Card

The below table includes a brief description of various handpicked Rijksmuseum tickets & skip the line guided tours of the Rijksmuseum. They're based on users reviews, cost, customer experience as well as all the best ways to see the famous Rijksmuseum sight.

We've compared prices from a variety of skip the line Rijksmuseum guided tours & tickets, websites and have handpicked the most affordable Rijksmuseum combination tickets, but utterly enjoyable Rijksmuseum tours & tickets below:

Rijksmuseum Private VIP Tour of Mannheimer James Bond story with Art Historian

1. Rijksmuseum Private VIP Tour of Mannheimer James Bond story with Art Historian

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  • Rijksmuseum is the National Museum of the Netherlands, exhibiting works of art by famous artists, everyday items and diverse artifacts.
  • The two-hour tour of the Rijksmuseum introduces paintings by famous Dutch masters, such as Rembrandt and Hals.
  • An advice on how to avoid long queuing in order to join the guided tour.
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Rijksmuseum Ticket Skip-the-Line

2. Rijksmuseum Ticket Skip-the-Line

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  • An opportunity to see original Dutch artefacts at the National Museum of the Netherlands.
  • A time saving option for visiting one of the best museums in the country.
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Expert Led Tour of the Rijksmuseum with Tickets

3. Expert Led Tour of the Rijksmuseum with Tickets

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  • 2 hours and a half guided tour with an expert through the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
  • Explanation about the artworks of Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt and Vermeer.
  • Visit to one of the world's great museums.
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

4. Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

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  • The guided tour covers points of interest in Amsterdam that closely relate to life and work of Rembrandt, one of the greatest Dutch and world painters.
  • This is a private guided tour completely customizable according to interests and needs of the participants.
  • The guided tour introduces maestro's top works of art, including The
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Blue Boat Company City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

5. Blue Boat Company City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

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  • A super saver combi ticket for a 1 hour canal boat trip and single entry to the Rijksmuseum.
  • Satisfy your inner culture vulture with works of art plus canals and architecture.
  • Use these tickets on the same day, or different days, it\'s up to you.
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam -Exclusive Guided Tour

6. Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam -Exclusive Guided Tour

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  • Private tour through Amsterdam's best museums.
  • Perfect introduction to Van Gogh and artist of the Dutch Golden Age.
  • Five-hour private guided tour.
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Amsterdam Rembrandt Private Walking Tour with Rijksmuseum

7. Amsterdam Rembrandt Private Walking Tour with Rijksmuseum

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  • The 17th century is called the 'Golden Age'. The new born Republic of the Netherlands was extremely wealthy and its citizens were very confident. The painting industry was booming. More than 5 million paintings have been made during the Golden Age, more than anywhere else in that period. Some of the painters are now world famous, e.g. Rembrandt,...
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Guided Combo Tour

8. Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Guided Combo Tour

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  • In one day, see both of the world-class museums with a professional local guide. You can choose your start time, just email us after the booking is confirmed which time is best for you!

    Join your guide, an art historian, and firstly explore the for an in-depth look at the incredible collection of the Rijksmuseum. Your tour will focus on...
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What is the Rijksmuseum Famous for?

The Rijksmuseum holds the world's greatest collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. The museum features more than 2,000 works from the likes of Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, and Frans Hals. The gem of the collection is Rembrandt's The Night Watch (1642), the Rijksmuseum's most famous painting.

The modern world thinks of art as very important: something close to the meaning of life. - Alain de Botton

With a collection of 1 million objects dedicated to Dutch art and history from the year 1200 onwards, the Rijksmuseum has grown into the largest museum in the Netherlands.

Highlights of the Rijksmuseum Collection

Around 800 objects are on display at the Rijksmuseum across more than 100 rooms and galleries, so it's easy to feel overwhelmed once you're inside. To tackle this cultural behemoth, start with a few highlights and go from there:

The Night Watch
1) The Night Watch, Rembrandt (1642)

The star of the Rijksmuseum collection, The Night Watch is a large-scale scene depicting a group of military getting into formation. The full title of the painting, Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans BanninckCocq, gives us more detail but this is far from a static portrait. The Night Watch is known for its incredible use of dark and light and interesting symbolism. One of the almost life-size figures in the painting is said to be modeled on Rembrandt's late wife.

The Milkmaid
2) The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer (1654-58)

This is Vermeer's only painting of a domestic servant and depicts the woman in a kitchen, possibly making bread pudding. Vermeer's use of color is enchanting in this work with heavily saturated blue and yellow dominating the canvas.

Portrait of a Couple
3) Portrait of a Couple, Franz Hals (c.1622)

The smiling, relaxed couple in this stunning portrait is thought to be Isaac Massa and Beatrix van der Laen. In an era when wedding portraiture was typically very formal, this painting was seen as scandalous.

Self Portrait
4) Self Portrait, Vincent van Gogh (1887)

Van Gogh painted a number of self-portraits during his troubled life. Each depiction is different and reveals something of the painter's mental state at the time of painting. Influenced by Gaugin and Monet, this portrait uses deep, heavy brushstrokes.

The Threatened Swan
5) The Threatened Swan, Jan Asselijn (c1650)

The Threatened Swan depicts a life-like swan rising up to protect its nest against a dog. At one time the painting was understood as a political allegory. The swan was said to represent Johan de Witt, grand pensionary of Holland, defending the country against outsiders. However, Asselijn painted The Threatened Swan long before de Witt came to power.

Woman Reading a Letter
6) Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer (c. 1663)

One of Vermeer's most recognizable paintings, Woman Reading a Letter depicts a young woman standing in front of a window. The window is not shown, but Vermeer's outstanding rendering of the effect of light on surfaces makes it appear visible. The lapis lazuli blue used for the woman's clothes and grey coloring of her skin was revolutionary at the time of painting.

Girl in a White Kimono
7) Girl in a White Kimono, George Hendrik Breitner (1894)

Between 1893 and 1896, Breitner painted the same girl, sixteen-year-old Geesje Kwak, thirteen times. Each time, Kwak wore a different colored kimono and posed in a different position. This is arguably the most enchanting painting of the series and features Geesje in a white embroidered kimono.

Square Man
8) Square Man, Karel Appel (1951)

One of the most interesting modern works in the Rijksmuseum, Square Man was completed six years after the end of the Second World War. The man depicted has a head almost as large as his body, made up of large blocks and lines of color. The man has his arms spread and his genitals exposed like an animal splayed out for dissection.

The Merry Fiddler
9) The Merry Fiddler, Gerard van Honthorst (1623)

Another masterpiece of the Dutch Golden Age, van Honthorst'sThe Merry Fiddler is a joyous work. A close portrait of a man wearing rich, Italian clothes, The Merry Fiddler is startlingly lifelike. The happy fiddler appears from behind a portrait and leans towards the viewer, invited them to chink his glass.

 Girl in a Large Hat
10) Girl in a Large Hat, Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen (c. 1645 - c. 1650)

Girl in a Large Hat is understood as a painting with erotic undertones. A girl in a large sun hat holds a bowl of fruit up near her left shoulder and looks down. Van Everdingen probably intended for this painting to hang high up on a wall to allow his subject to gaze down on those looking up at her.

What to Expect from the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum's collection began as a cache of 200 paintings in the Netherland's Royal Collection. These paintings were first displayed to the public in 1800 in The Hague. Expansion necessitated a larger building and in 1885, the neo-Gothic Rijksmuseum opened in Amsterdam.

The Rijksmuseum isn't a typical art museum, like Britain's National Gallery in London. The Rijksmuseum's collection combines painting with other arts and crafts, such as furnishings and ceramic. Showing masterpieces alongside the interiors and objects that informed their creation offers valuable context.

The Rijksmuseum is the most visited gallery and museum in the Netherlands. In the last few years, visitor figures have reached between 2,200,00 and 2,400,000 people.
The Gallery of Honor is the most popular gallery in the Rijksmuseum. An extended corridor leading to the Rijksmuseum's most famous work, The Night Watch, this gallery is always busy.

If you visit the Rijksmuseum before June 2019, you can also see their Alle Rembrandts (All Rembrandts) exhibition. This exhibition is the first time the museum has shown their entire collection of Rembrandt paintings, drawings, and prints in one place.

What are the Rijksmuseum's Opening Hours?

The Rijksmuseum is open 365 days a year. The museum is open during all public holidays including Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm every day.

Visitors without a ticket can also visit the Rijksmuseum Gardens, Shop and Cafe from 9.00am to 6.00pm every day.

How to get to the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum's address is as follows:
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0) 20 6747 000

There are many ways to get to the Rijksmuseum using public transport within Amsterdam.


Amsterdam runs on rails and most people get around the city using trams. The Rijksmuseum is accessible from two tram stops, "Rijksmuseum" and "Spiegelgracht"

For Rijksmuseum

  • take the 2 or 12 from Central Station
  • the 5 from Zuid Station
  • or the 12 from Amstel station

For Spiegelgracht

  • take the 19 from Sloterdijk
  • or the 1,7 or 19 from Weesperplein.


Amsterdam has a decent bus network.

For the Rijksmuseum bus stop

  • Take the 288 from Marnixstraat regional bus station
  • Or the 397 from Schipol Amsterdam Airport.


Driving in Amsterdam is not usually recommended because the city is set up for cyclists and public transport users.

However, if you do drive there are a few parking spaces close to the Rijksmuseum. There is also a car park beneath Museumplein known as Q-Park.

Getting Around the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is made up of two large squares, each with its own atrium. The two buildings are connected by a central tunnel which is where you will find the museum entrances, one on the ground floor and one on the first.

The main building was at least partially closed for almost ten years between 1993 and 2013 when it underwent a huge $375 million renovation. As with any large museum, it's a good idea to download and familiarize yourself with the Rijksmuseum floor plan before your trip. Download the Rijksmuseum floor plan here.

The Rijksmuseum has four floors:

Floor 0
Floor 0
This is the basement floor of the museum and the location of the main entrance atrium. Almost everyone enters the building this way so the very large atrium can still feel crowded. The basement collections include the Middle Ages and Special Collections (rooms 0.1-0.6). You can also access the recently opened Asian Pavilion from this floor.

Floor 1
Floor 1
The ground floor of the Rijksmuseum connects all four corners of the museum. The ground floor is home to the 18th and 19th century galleries (1.1 - 1.18).

Floor 2
Floor 2
The first floor galleries are made up of the 17th century collection and house the majority of the museum's masterpieces. The Gallery of Honor is located on the first floor with The Night Watch at its center.

Floor 3
Floor 3
The second floor houses a small but interesting collection of 20th century work.


Plan Your Trip to the Rijksmuseum

The Best Way to Book Your Ticket to the Rijksmuseum

Always buy your ticket to the Rijksmuseum in advance.

Buy either a single ticket from the museum website or consider one of the many combination ticket/museums passes and city passes available. Print your ticket in case your phone battery dies or you cannot connect to data in Amsterdam.

All tickets to temporary exhibitions are timed-entry. Arrive at least fifteen minutes in advance of your slot to avoid missing it. The Rijksmuseum only allows a certain number of people into the museum at a time. Even with a time-slot ticket it is possible you will have to wait for others to leave before you can enter.

The only way to completely skip all line-ups and gain immediate admission to the Rijksmuseum is by purchasing a tour.

Tours cost $5 and can be added to your ticket when purchasing online and in person. The tour gives your priority access to the building and a knowledgeable guide who knows exactly how and when to get you in front of the masterpieces you want to see.

The Best Way to Save Money on Your Visit to the Rijksmuseum

You can purchase Rijksmuseum tickets from travel agents, tour agencies or even your hotel concierge. These tickets are usually the same price as tickets purchased directly from the Rijksmuseum. If your purchase your tickets directly from the museum you have full control over the time you visit and can add any extras you're interested in, like a guided tour or multimedia guide.

The best way to save money on your visit to the Rijksmuseum is with a combination ticket or city card. Amsterdam attraction tickets come in all shapes and sizes. Decide what you want to see in Amsterdam first and see which ticket will save you the most money. The same approach applies to Amsterdam day trips. Match what you want to do with the appropriate day ticket, not the other way around.

There are four different tourist cards you can use in Amsterdam. The I Amsterdam Cardis particularly good if you intend to visit a number of museums and attractions. The card can be used for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours and includes free public transport.
Finally, if you can't save money on your Rijksmuseum ticket, save money elsewhere! There are many free things to do in Amsterdam, you only have to look for them!

The Best Time to Visit the Rijksmuseum

As the most visited art museum in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum is always busy.

Avoid visiting during school holidays, public holidays and weekends, if you can. As the museum is open 365 days per year, days when children are off school and adults are off work experience very high visitor numbers.

Do visit outside of peak periods. Visit Amsterdam during the winter months when there are fewer tourists overall. Do not go to the museum during peak midday hours between 11am and 3pm.

Either arrive as close to the 9am opening time as you can, or visit later in the day around 3pm. The last admission to the gallery is 4.30pm

How to Get the Most Out of the Rijksmuseum

1) Avoid Line Ups at the Entrance.

If you buy your ticket online, you do not have to line up at the Rijksmuseum ticket office. You do however have to line up at the entrance. There are four entrances so if one is particularly busy, walk around the building to find a different way in. All entrances are from the Passage (an arcade running under the building) and take you to the Atrium. Two entrances have lifts and two have stairs.

2) See the major works first

You don't want to go the Rijksmuseum and miss out on seeing its major works. As soon as you arrive at the museum head to the first floor (floor 2) to view The Night Watch. Next visit the Gallery of Honor, usually the busiest gallery in the museum. Here you'll find the four famous Vermeer paintings and other Golden Age masterpieces. Once you've seen these, you can relax and take the rest of the museum at your own pace.

3) Use your Floor Plan

Compared to many other large national art museums, the Rijksmuseum's floor plan isn't too tricky to navigate. From the first floor Gallery of Honor you can access all floors and corners of the building. Galleries are numerical and laid out in order so you just need to follow the sequence of room numbers to find them.

4) Consider a Rijksmuseum Tour

The Rijksmuseum's guided tour is a convenient way to see the museum without needing to plan. It's also good value for money. English-speaking tours take place three times per day at a cost of $5 per person.

5) Use the Facilities in the Atrium

The Rijksmuseum's ground floor atrium is a public space. The atrium is home to the museum's ticket desks, a cloakroom (free but no lockers), a gift shop, toilets, a cafe and the museum's information desk. If you're travelling with children, make sure they know how to get here in case you lose them.

Rijksmuseum Apps and Multimedia Tours

The Rijksmuseum has its own very impressive app. You can download this app for Android and IOS and we advise you do so before your visit.

There are a few ways of using the app.

You can explore the museum bit by bit by choosing a particular gallery of collection. For example, you can choose Gallery of Honor, 1100-1600 or 1700-1800. You will hear audio clips describing the work in the gallery and see animations and short clips from art experts.

Alternatively you can take a themed tour. Choose from the following 90 minute tours:

  • Highlights
  • Rembrandt
  • Holland's Colonial Past
  • Music
  • The Building

The tours are available in the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin Chinese.

You can borrow a museum headset from the Multimedia desk in the atrium but it's better to bring your own headphones.

Turn on Bluetooth and location settings to help the app work more efficiently.
Multimedia tours in International and Dutch sign language are currently being developed.

Is the Rijksmuseum Accessible?

Visitors with Limited Mobility The Rijksmuseum claims to be accessible to visitors with limited mobility, wheelchair and rollator users.

  • You cannot use a mobility scooter within the museum but you can loan a wheelchair or rollator from the museum information desk.
  • If you are unable to navigate the museum independently, you may bring a companion for free. Pick up a free companion ticket at cash register 1.
  • Disabled visitors do not have to wait in line. Simply complete a "fast lane declaration" before you arrive at the museum and hand it to the security staff at the head of the line-up. You may be asked to show a disabled parking permit, doctor's note or Autipas.
  • All floors of the Rijksmuseum are served by lifts.
  • Accessible toilets are located in the basement only.
  • There are benches located throughout the museum and folding stools that can be borrowed from the information desk.
  • Visitors with Impaired Hearing
  • The Rijksmuseum auditorium has a hearing loop for visitors with hearing impairment.
  • The Rijksmuseum app has a function that allows you to connect your hearing aid via a neckloop using Bluetooth technology.

  • On the third Saturday of each month, the Rijksmuseum offers an international sign language tour. The tour is also spoken so hearing companions can also attend.
  • Visitors with Impaired Vision
  • Guide dogs are always welcome in all areas of the museum. Your dog must wear a harness.
  • Large print floorplans can be obtained at the information desk.
  • An audio described tour is available via the free Rijksmuseum app.
Visitors on the Autism Spectrum To cater to visitors on the autistic spectrum, the Rijksmuseum advises you purchase your tickets in advance and print a Fast Lane declaration. Aim to visit during quiet periods and pay attention to the floor plan to find toilets and seating areas.

Final Tips and Advice on Visiting the Rijksmuseum

Here are a few final things you may not know about the Rijksmuseum

  1. The Rijksmuseum features a number of great places to eat. The Cafe can be reached via the Atrium and is located next to the museum shop. This cafe gets very busy so you may like to try the smaller cafe in the Philips Wing although it is only open between 11am and 3pm. The Rijksmuseum also hosts a restaurant, RIJKS. RIJKS is Michelin-starred and inspired by the international flavors that have influenced Dutch cuisine.
  2. The Rijksmuseum's collection includes the oldest and largest collection of art history texts in the country. The museum's library, the Cuyper's Library is worth a visit on its own.
  3. You should also make time to visit the Rijksmuseum gardens. Designed by Pierre Cuypers in 1901, the gardens are full of sculpture and host temporary exhibitions. There are also extensive flower gardens, water features and children's play areas.
  4. The Rijksmuseum website is connected to the Rijksstudiowebplatform. Here you can see more than 100,000 high resolution images of the museum's collection. Eventually, the Rijksmuseum's director of collections hopes to make the entire catalogue available.

The Rijksmuseum Shop

The Rijksmuseum shop is one of the most popular places in Amsterdam to buy gifts and souvenirs. Where else can you buy Playmobil figures from Rembrandt's Night Watch and a tote bag printed with Asselijn's The Threatened Swan?

Inside the Rijksmuseum shop you'll find accessories for your home, books, jewelry, prints and toys. The shop also stocks classic and contemporary Dutch design pieces youll struggle to find anywhere else. You don't need a ticket for the Rijksmuseum to access its shop and you can browse all shop stock and purchase online.

You've Visited the Rijksmuseum, What now?

The Rijksmuseum is located in at Museumplein, or Museum Square, in Amsterdam's south. This is the heart of Amsterdam's cultural district and there are many other attractions nearby.

Amsterdam is a very connected city and it's easy to get from place to place using public transport. You can download an Amsterdam tourist map , hit the streets and find your way from there. However, navigating a foreign city can be challenging and you don't want to spend all your time standing on street corners trying to figure out Dutch street signs.

To take the stress out of your trip we recommend using one of Amsterdam's Hop on Hop Off bus services. That way you can stop off at as many or as few attractions as you like!

Amsterdam is famous for its canals and it's also well worth exploring the city from the water. The best Amsterdam boat tours are the hop on, hop off ones that usually include a tour guide.

Micropia, Amsterdam
Micropia is Amsterdam's museum of microbes. A totally unique concept, Micropia presents the science of the invisible world in a fun and interactive setting. Part of ARTIS, Micropia is located alongside Amsterdam's famous ARTIS zoo.

Van Gogh Museum
Many people combine their trip to the Rijksmuseum with a trip to the Van Gogh Museum. One of the most famous Dutch artists in history, van Gogh was a prolific painter whose signature style is instantly recognizable. The Van Gogh Museum has one of the most extensive collections of works by van Gogh and his contemporaries.

Stedelijk Museum
The third museum in Amsterdam's Museum Square trinity of art institutions is the Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam's premier design and modern and contemporary art gallery, the Stedelijk features work by the likes of Andy Warhol, Marguerite Dumas and Gilbert & George.

Concertgebouw literally means "concert building" and is Amsterdam's most prestigious music venue. The Royal Concertgebouw is home to a world-renowned symphony orchestra.

Heineken Experience
For a reprieve from cultural activities, visit the Heineken Experience! Visitors can tour the old brewery where the famous lager was made until 1988 when it moved to a larger factory. Visits also include a tasting session!

PC Hooftstraat
The best shopping street in Amsterdam for those who like designer clothes, PC Hoofstraat is considered Amsterdam's Rodeo Drive. Located halfway between Museum Square and Vondelpark, PC Hoofstraat is home to Hermès, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana.

Amsterdam comes alive after dark and there are many things to do in Amsterdam at night. Like most major European cities, businesses don't close as soon as the sun goes down. Shops stay open late and you can find places to eat, even in the early hours. Many museums and art galleries open after hours and transform into performance spaces. Live music dominates Amsterdam's night life and you don't have to go far to find a concert or gig worth your euro. There is also no shortage of bars and clubs in Amsterdam, especially around its famous red light district.


The Rijksmuseum houses some of the world's most significant artistic treasures. If you have all day, spend a few hours here but if you're on a tight schedule swing by the highlights. The Rijksmuseum has fully embraced modern technology and its interactive multimedia guide makes a visit to the Rijksmuseum fun for all ages.

Amsterdam is one of the world's greatest cultural cities so you will almost certainly visit multiple attractions. The best way to save money on your Rijksmuseum ticket is by purchasing a combination ticket or city card that comes with a big saving.

Buy your tickets ahead of time, download the floor plan and enjoy your visit!