With your Rijkmuseum tickets, enjoy access to magnificent masterpieces created by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruisdael, and other famous artists. Check out Rembrandt’s he Night Watch, then view Vermeer’s immediately recognizable The Milkmaid. Make sure you don’t miss Girl in a Blue Dress by Verspronck, which is one of the most popular pieces in the entire museum. And, if you’re planning on checking out some of the other top Amsterdam attractions, why not combine an Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum tickets? You can even pick up a Holland Pass, which includes free entry to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience, and many other Amsterdam points-of-interest.
"At times, the line for the ticket window of the Rijksmuseum can stretch as far as the eye can see. Consider purchasing a skip-the-line ticket to save yourself a lot of time.
Enrich your Rijksmuseum experience with the museum’s free app. It provides a multimedia tour of the galleries, which offers an insightful look into the artwork and artists histories.
To avoid crowds, try entering the museum right when it opens because it becomes packed with people between 11am and 3pm.
"The best time to visit the Amsterdam museums is April through May. You’ll have the chance to avoid the massive crowds of tourists that fly in during the summer and enjoy the best weather of the year. The months of September through November also see lesser crowds. Winter is understandably cold; but, the upside is that airfare and accommodation is cheaper.
The best time of the day to visit is in the early morning. For those who don’t consider themselves morning persons, consider showing up late afternoon when many visitors have already gone home. But, don’t forget that most museums halt all admissions at least 30 minutes before closing time.
If you’re going by tram, just take Tram 2 or Tram 12 to the Rijksmuseum stop. You can also take the Metro by hopping on No. 52 and alighting at the Vijzelgracht stop. Another option is riding a bicycle to the Rijksmuseum. Otherwise, if you’d prefer to drive around Amsterdam, then you should know that there is no parking near the entrance of the museum. Try parking in the paid Q-Park parking structure underneath Museumplein on Van Baerlestraat. You can also get the iAmsterdam City Card that offers unlimited use of the Amsterdam’s whole public transportation system during the card’s validity, as well as free entry to a number of museums.
Traveling on a budget? No problem! Get an iAmsterdam City Card, which provides access to all of the top Amsterdam museums for one low price!
"Impress your tour group with this trivia!
• The massive wall paintings that you see in the Rijksmuseum were once painted over in white by a misguided Art Director who thought they were a distraction. Luckily, they were restored nearly 40 years later.
• If you come across a suit of armor that’s missing a thigh guard, that’s because it belonged to Admiral Jacob van Heemskerck, who lost his leg to a Spanish cannonball and was killed.
• In 1715, Rembrandt’s The Night Watch was trimmed on all four sides to fit its new home, which removed two characters on the left side, as well as the top of the arch.
• Rijksmuseum is the only museum on Earth that has a road going right through the middle of it! But, to protect the building and the priceless art, a law was passed in the 1930s to prohibit motor vehicles from using it.
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