The Rijksmuseum artworks are not the only reason to visit this famous Amsterdam museum. The building itself is beautiful and fascinating. Don’t miss the gardens too.
The impressive Rijksmuseum building originally opened in 1885. You may be able to tell that it was designed by the same architect who created Amsterdam Central Station. The latest refurbishment freshened up the original structure and added a huge new bright entrance hall with a glass ceiling.
The Rijksmuseum building itself is a work of art, follow the signage at the museum for the Cuypers Tour to learn more about the building and the architect.
And when you are in the museum, don’t miss seeing the library. You can access it on the second floor near the main gallery. Nearby you will also find lovely tile floors that you should check out if you are a fan of mosaics and they make a good Instagram shot.
The Rijksmuseum is the only museum in the world that you can cycle through! The museum’s entrance is in a tunnel that goes beneath the building. This tunnel is used by bicycle commuters every day. You can view the beautiful new atrium lobby through big glass windows. Rent a bike and take a ride through it!
The Rijksmuseum owns more than a million works of art, many of which are by Dutch 17th century masters. The Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch are some of the famous paintings in the Rijksmuseum collection. The museum also has an array of objects and art works from 800 years of Dutch history.
When you visit the Rijksmuseum, don’t miss the surrounding gardens. You can view the building’s exterior details, as well as changing sculpture displays in the garden for free. It’s a wonderful place to take a break and there is a small cafe where you can get a drink and relax on a bench. In the spring the gardens are colorful with blooming tulips and in the winter you’ll find an ice skating rink.
Helpful hints for the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam:
- Lines for the Rijksmuseum can be long, especially in the summer months. (just take a look at the photo above) To avoid some of the queue, buy your ticket online
- Before you go, download the Rijksmuseum app (available for Apple and Android) for self-guided tours
- Combine a visit to the museum with a canal cruise for an immersion in art-history
- Take a walking Rembrandt tour through the city and see where the artist painted and lived, then view his famous paintings in the museum
- You can book a private guided tour through the Rijksmuseum with an expert
- In the wintertime you can combine your visit to the Rijksmuseum with ice skating at Museumplein
Things To Do Near the Rijksmuseum:
- Visit the other Amsterdam museums at Museumplein like the Stedelijk, Van Gogh Museum and Moco Museum
- Dine at one of the museum cafes and restaurants. The Rijksmuseum restaurant Rijks has a Michelin star.
- Take a look at the Rijksmuseum shop, and the Stedelijk has a terrific shop too!
- Visit the Heineken Museum to discover the history of the famous brewery
- Check out the House of Bols to learn about gin and jenever
- Visit some of Amsterdam’s terrific small museums that are within walking distance
Rijksmuseum price: €17.50 for adults, buy your ticket online
Rijksmuseum opening hours: daily 9:00-17:00
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
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