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Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. Its collection, which ranks among the world’s finest, includes nearly 8,000 pieces spread over 80 galleries. Some of the Rijksmuseum’s most revered works are 15th- to 19th-century paintings by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. In addition to the astounding eight centuries of Dutch art and history, the museum has extensive outdoor gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Basics
No surprise, this stellar national museum gets crowded. Consider purchasing a skip-the-line ticket, which lets you head right inside. To maximize your experience of the Rijksmuseum, visit with a licensed art historian, either as a private guide or on a group tour. Or combine a canal cruise with a skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to see the museum on your own schedule.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Allow at least a half-day for your visit, although even in four hours you’ll be able to see only a fraction of the Rijksmuseum’s huge collection.
  • You do not need a ticket to visit the gardens, shop, or café, all of which are open daily from 9am to 6pm.
  • The museum has free Wi-Fi.
  • Flash photography, selfie sticks, and videos with lights are not allowed.

How to Get There
The Rijksmuseum is located in Amsterdam South on the Museumplein (“Museum Square”), at Stadhouderskade and Museumstrasse. It is easily accessible via tram to Hobbemastraat. Nearby attractions include the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. The Red Light District is also within walking distance.

When to Get There
The museum is open 365 days a year, with the busiest months being April, May, and August. During the museum’s peak hours—10am to 3pm—the estimated wait time at the ticket office is approximately 20 to 30 minutes, so it’s best to book a skip-the-line ticket. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

The Rijksmuseum’s Notable Works
The Dutch Golden Age in Holland was a time of prolific art and powerful commerce, and some of the most famous paintings on display at the Rijksmuseum include works from this time period. Be sure to see Rembrandt's “Nightwatch” (1650), showing the militia led by Frans Banning Cocq. Other featured 17th-century Flemish and Dutch masters include Jan Vermeer (“The Milkmaid,” “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter”), Frans Hals (“The Merry Drinker”), and Jan Steen (“The Merry Family”). Beyond the celebrated paintings, other notable galleries include Sculpture and Applied Art (Delftware, dollhouses, porcelain, furniture), Dutch History, and Asiatic Art in the Asian Pavilion, which includes the famous 12th-century bronze statue of a dancing Shiva.
Address: Museumstraat 1, 1070 DN, Amsterdam, l, Netherlands
Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm. Open year-round.
Admission: Adults: € 17.50, Children (18 and under): Free
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Amsterdam Combo: Rijksmuseum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Rijksmuseum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Avoid waiting in a long line with fast-track access to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, then unwind after a busy day’s sightseeing on a canal cruise. Take advantage of the combined deal to save money and tick off 2 popular city attractions. Learn about Holland’s history and culture as you explore the national museum, and benefit from audio commentary for insight into landmarks as you cruise the iconic canals.
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum Semi-Private Guided Tour

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum Semi-Private Guided Tour

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Explore two must-visit Amsterdam museums—the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum—on a half-day, skip-the-line, small-group tour combo. With a guide, bypass the main queues at the Rijksmuseum to see the exhibitions on Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages, including masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ and others. After time for lunch, skip the line at the Van Gogh Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights, seeing Van Gogh 'Sunflowers,' and more.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Rijksmuseum Tour: Rembrandt, van Gogh, Vermeer and more!

Private Rijksmuseum Tour: Rembrandt, van Gogh, Vermeer and more!

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Save valuable vacation time with this skip-the-line ticket to the Rijksmuseum and a private tour. Traveling with a dedicated guide means you'll be able to move at your own pace and ask plenty of questions as you admire Dutch masters' best works from medieval times through the Golden Age. Highlights include works from van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt.
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  • 2 hours
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour

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Get acquainted with the artistic masterworks inside Amsterdam's iconic Rijksmuseum on this guided tour that includes skip-the-line access. Sail past long lines outside of the museum with your priority-access pass and begin discovering the magnificent oeuvres displayed within. Delve into the history of Holland’s artistic heritage with your expert guide and see collections by world-famous painters like Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt during your enriching tour.  
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Get a true insider's look at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the greatest art collections on the planet. Let your guide give you an orientation recently renovated museum and then learn about some of the masterpieces in the collection. See and discuss works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer, among many others. Get skip-the-line access while your small group tour ensures plenty of personalized attention from the guide.
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

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

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Bypass the main entrance lines for privately guided tours at Amsterdam’s top two museums—the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum—during this half-day excursion. With your own art historian guide, head straight inside the glorious Rijksmuseum. Chart the history of Dutch art as you explore the highlights, and view treasures such as Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch.’ Following time for lunch, enjoy fast-track admission to the Van Gogh Museum. Follow your guide around the must-see pieces, including ‘Tree Roots and Trunks,’ van Gogh’s last work, and other sublime masterpieces.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Rijksmuseum Guided Tour Plus Skip-the-line Ticket To The Museum

Rijksmuseum Guided Tour Plus Skip-the-line Ticket To The Museum

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During this 120-minute art tour, through the permanent collection in the Rijksmuseum, you will explore how the artists Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals, captured the incredible expansion of the Dutch Golden Age. See the people, the objects, and the paintings that define this unprecedented era of Dutch history, and explore how the art reflects the changing values and beliefs of the republic. We meet at the Cobra Cafe at Museumplein and walk together over to the Rijksmuseum. Your tour guide will have your skip-the-line ticket to the museum ready for you. The tour ends at the Rijksmuseum where you can relax at the cafe or appreciate the work of arts. “ The tour does not go into the Velasquez and Rembrandt exhibition"
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  • 2 hours
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic Van Gogh paintings, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum attracts lines often in excess of two hours. Beat the crowds with this priority admission ticket that also includes an Amsterdam canal cruise, during which you get unobstructed views of the city's waterside attractions. This stress-free combo ticket is an ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time in the Dutch capital.
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  • 3 hours
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

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Discover the delights of Amsterdam on a private half-day walking tour of the city’s historical and cultural highlights. With a your personal guide, go to the Museum Square where the Van Gogh Museum is located; delve into the city’s renowned houseboat culture at the Houseboat Museum; and pleasure your palate with traditional Dutch snacks at Albert Cuyp, the largest street market in the Netherlands. Then, absorb the verdant beauty of Vondelpark and learn the poignant history of Anne Frank’s House on this comprehensive tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Skip the line at the popular Rijksmuseum, as well as get a comprehensive walking tour of Amsterdam's historic center during this half-day tour. Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and the chance to ask questions. Your ticket to the Rijksmuseum is valid all day long, so you can explore at your leisure after the conclusion of your tour.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour, Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Guided Combo Tour -

Private Tour, 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 the collection from the 17th century, the Golden Age of Amsterdam. See Rembrandt, Frans Halls, 17th Century dolls-houses, ship models, and more. You will then enjoy a lunch (own expense) to get some energy for round two. After lunch, your guide will take you to The Van Gogh museum. Van Gogh is one of the most recognisable artists from the 20th Century, and his stunning works, full of colour and texture, changed the course of the visual arts forever. Learn about his life, his work, and the creative influences he drew from, such as the Impressionists, Pointillists, and Japanese Prints.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

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Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this canal cruise. Aboard a solar-powered vessel, hear tales with your audio-guide while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights. Pass highlights such as the Anne Frank House and the Golden Bend district with its grand manor houses. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Combine two of Amsterdam’s top-selling experiences and save money with a Super Saver Heineken Experience and canal cruise package—a convenient and budget-friendly choice that’s ideal for first-time visitors. Guarantee your entry to the often sold-out Heineken Experience by booking in advance and get unobstructed views of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed waterways, without the crowds on land, during a canal cruise—a quintessential Amsterdam experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: The Best of Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt and Vermeer

Private Tour: The Best of Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt and Vermeer

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Ticket for the Rijksmuseum is included. After the tour you can take your time and see the rest of the museum.  Discover Rembrandts Nachtwacht With a deep knowledge of the displayed art, the guide explains the stories behind the artists’ and their work in fluent English. And of course, what would a visit to the Rijksmuseum be without getting eye-to-eye with Rembrandt’s masterpiece – De Nachtwacht? Don’t worry, we will teach you how to pronounce it correctly! History of Holland More than just a tour of Dutch masterpieces, in this tour you will learn more about how the art fits into the historical context of the Netherlands. Your guide takes you through the museum to provide the stories behind the paintings that go much deeper than the descriptions on the wall. You’ll hear quirky stories about the artists, fun facts about their work, and how their work contributed to the Dutch cultural heritage. We will see the inside of a typical 17th century house, the beautiful library, famous white and blue pottery pieces, and even what naval battles looked like. The Building of the Rijksmuseum Not only the paintings will be discussed. Also the impressive, newly-renovated building itself gets a mention. After years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum has reopened in 2013 – a work of art in itself. In true Amsterdam style, cyclist can bike underneath the gates at the entrance. If you are lucky, you will also hear a free classical concert as you enter the building.
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  • 2 hours
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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  • 1 hour
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Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

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On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our 100% electric luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Cruising around Amsterdam’s canals is a quintessential experience for visitors to the city. With this tour, see the city at its most magical as you set sail on an evening cruise. Glide past the lively waterfront bars and cafés, spot illuminated landmarks such as Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Anne Frank House, and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.
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  • 1 hour
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2-3 hour Rijksmuseum Visit Layover in Amsterdam

2-3 hour Rijksmuseum Visit Layover in Amsterdam

Visit the world famous Rijksmuseum. Our driver will pick you up at the airport and will take you to one of the finest museums in Europe, the famous Rijksmuseum. After your visit he will take make sure to take you back to the airport to be on time for your connecting flight. The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch National Museum founded in 1800 in The Hague. It has been moved to Amsterdam in 1808. The current building that houses the Rijksmuseum dates back to 1885. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The museum also has a small Asian collection which is on display in the Asian pavilion. We will make sure you will have a memorable experience in the vibrant city of Amsterdam.
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  • 3 hours
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$151.09
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Rijksmuseum Private VIP 2.5-Hour Tour with Art Historian, starting at 9 AM

Rijksmuseum Private VIP 2.5-Hour Tour with Art Historian, starting at 9 AM

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Maximize your time inside the world-famous Rijksmuseum on a private 3-hour tour including early-access entry. With your priority-access pass, you’ll bypass long lines of tourists and explore the museum without the usual crowds. Alongside an art historian guide, you’ll admire masterpieces by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals while learning of the cultural and historical context of each painting. On this private tour, you’ll receive undivided attention from your erudite guide while gaining an alternative perspective of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.Enter with VIP status and enjoy the best paintings and sculpture. After 1.5 hours take a coffee break. Total tour time about 3 hours.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

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Relish the rich artistic heritage of Amsterdam on a private walking tour of sites associated with painting pioneer, Rembrandt van Rijn. With your guide, delve into the life and works of the influential artist. Discover the exhibits within the Rembrandt House Museum, the former residence in which many of his masterpieces were painted, and tour the iconic Rijksmuseum to see some of Rembrandt’s most celebrated paintings. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour, with an itinerary adapted to suit your interests.
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  • 4 hours
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$190.11
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Skip-the-line | Private Rijksmuseum tour Amsterdam

Skip-the-line | Private Rijksmuseum tour Amsterdam

Join your very own personal, professional art historian as they take you around the Rijksmuseum for an in-depth look at its incredible collection. Your exclusive tour will focus on the collection from the 17th century - the Golden Age of Amsterdam. This particular period saw the development of a visionary art market the likes of which had never seen before anywhere in Europe. Experience the incredible illusionism of Rembrandt’s portraits, the serenity of Vermeer’s interiors, and the beauty and timelessness of Dutch floral still life. All these works reveal the political, religious, and social ideals that helped create our modern ideas of tolerance and liberalism. |Come witness up close the doll’s houses that would be the envy of any child, but which were strictly for upper-class women. Prepare to be awestruck by the bespoke library, with the largest collection of books dedicated to art history anywhere in the Netherlands.
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  • 2 hours
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$187.44
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What are Rijksmuseum hours of operation?
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Rijksmuseum hours of operation: Open daily 9am - 5pm. Open year-round.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Rijksmuseum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Rijksmuseum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 99 Rijksmuseum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Rijksmuseum 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Rijksmuseum costs USD 37.37. Guided Rijksmuseum tours start around USD 37.37 per person. See all 99 Rijksmuseum tickets and tours on Viator.
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