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Skip the Line Rijksmuseum Tickets & Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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  • Explore the ever-revered Rijksmuseum, home to some of the rarest abstract art pieces of all time.
  • Your skip-the-line access grants you direct entry without having to while your time away in ticketing queues.
  • Be astounded by the artistically constructed building of the Rijksmuseum.
  • Hop from gallery to gallery as you explore over 8,000 pieces of displayed art by famous artists.
  • Gasp at stunning Dutch masterpieces like Van Gogh’s Self-portrait and Vermeer’s Milkmaid.
  • Find works of the internationally-acclaimed Dutch painter, Rembrandt van Rijn within these hallowed walls.
  • A serene hour-long cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Amsterdam's canals makes your trip worthwhile.
  • Watch rustic bridges, striking cathedrals, and charming 17th-century merchant houses sail past you.
  • Use the informative audio commentary on board (available in 19 languages) to learn more about this enchanting city.
  • Infants aged 0-3 can go for free. Children aged 4-13 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • This ticket cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled

Small Group Rijksmuseum Guided Tour

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Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Wander through the halls of the Rijksmuseum and discover extraordinary works of art from the Dutch Golden Age!
  • With your skip-the-line access, walk past the long ticket queues and right into the attraction.
  • Enjoy an intimate experience in a small group of like-minded art lovers.
  • Admire the vast collections of artwork, pottery, paintings and art history books housed here.
  • Vermeer's The Milkmaid, Van Gogh's Self-portrait and Rembrandt's The Night Watch are sure to catch your eye.
  • Listen carefully to your expert guide, who will bring you up to date on all the stories behind these beautiful works of art.
  • Choose from English, Spanish, German, Italian and French tours.
  • Babies 3 years old and under can go for free. Ages 4-18 get a discount on their tickets (make sure to bring a valid photo ID).
  • Receive a full refund if this ticket is cancelled up to 48 hours before the scheduled experience.

I amsterdam City Card: Canal Cruise, Public Transport And Attractions Entry

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  • Explore the best of Amsterdam seamlessly with this handy I Amsterdam City Card that allows you access to 70+ fascinating attractions over the course of 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours (depending on the option chosen at checkout).
  • Your card includes access to the famed Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, blissful hour-long canal cruise, and many more.
  • Along with entry to several attractions, you will also benefit from unlimited access to the city’s public transport (tram and bus only) to help you get around hassle-free.
  • Save up to 40% on access to attractions, discounts at cafes, bike rentals, and much more!
  • Note: Because of current safety measures you are now required to book time slots before visiting City Card venues. This also includes visits to restaurants and bars.
  • The I amsterdam City Card allows you to comfortably visit the attractions of your choice over the course of 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours (depending on the option chosen at checkout).
  • Enjoy an extended ticket validity until 31 Dec 2021.
  • All discounts at restaurants and cafes are valid for the calendar year of 2021.
  • Once booked, this card cannot be amended, canceled, or rescheduled.

Rijksmuseum Reopens Post-COVID-19

Rijksmuseum, the famed Dutch museum dedicated to art, history and culture, has reopened post-COVID-19. This move comes with certain safety measures and guidelines in place for public safety. The most important change is that the Rijksmuseum has gone completely cashless; whether visitors choose to book tickets online or make a purchase at the counter, all transactions will be completely digital where users can make payments via e-wallets or netbanking services.

Safety Guidelines to Know before Visiting Rijksmuseum

Here are all the Rijksmuseum’s safety measures in places:

  • Visitors can reserve their time slot either online, or at the ticket counter. However, to limit physical contact, cash transactions will be unavailable to the public. All payments must be made online, or via e-wallets/netbanking facility. Moreover, the number of bookings per transaction has been limited to 6.
  • All visitors must maintain a minimum of 1.5 meters distance from others. Markers have been placed at regular intervals to ensure that the public moves unidirectionally.    
  • Please ensure that you wear a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer has been made available at regular points in the museum for visitors’ use
  • Except for the library and gardens, all parts of the Rijksmuseum is open to the public
  • The museum has set up three routes to take visitors through the main exhibitions. They have been highlighted in bold through the museum, allowing visitors to observe the best art collections.
  • Temporarily, all guided tours have been suspended at the Rijksmuseum
  • The museum’s cloakroom, washrooms and shop is open to the public 

About the Rijksmuseum

A Dutch national museum located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam South, Rijksmuseum is a fine showcase of the city's arts and history. The Rijksmuseum was established in The Hague in November 1798 before moving to Amsterdam in 1808. First located in the Royal Palace, the museum moved to its current premises, a building designed by Pierre Cuypers, in 1885. Rijksmuseum is the largest art museum in the country and often the most visited museums in the Netherlands. The national museum is home to over 8000 unique objects of art, including masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and more!

Why Visit the Rijksmuseum?

The Rijksmuseum is home to a world-class collection that illustrates the history of the Netherlands, from the Middle Ages to the present. One of the primary reasons to visit the museum is to see the iconic Night Watch by Rembrandt. The Night Watch attracts approximately 2.2 million annually, mostly because Rembrandt van Rijn was the first person to showcase people the way he did. Apart from the Night Watch, the museum is home to numerous other artistic masterpieces by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Rijksmuseum is also home to a drawing school that hosts workshops for adults, families, kids and more.

What to see at Rijksmuseum - Top 5 Attractions

While the Rijksmuseum is primarily known for the artwork it houses, there are many other delightful attractions to be enjoyed here. Here's a look at the top 5 attractions at Rijksmuseum, including specific paintings, and other attractions.


1. The Night Watch

Without a doubt Rembrandt’s most famous masterpiece, The Night Watch is a star attraction at the Rijksmuseum. The painting is showcased front and center in its private gallery. The iconic painting showcases guardsmen getting into formation, with a young girl in the foreground. The young girl was rumored to be modeled on Rembrandt’s late wife. Apart from the painting itself, the opulent Night Watch gallery is dedicated to Rembrandt’s vision and talent, including a frieze displaying key moments in the artist’s life.


2. The Milkmaid

One of Johannes Vermeer’s most recognizable paintings, rivaled only by Girl with a pearl earring that's on display at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, The Milkmaid is also his only portrait of a domestic help. Featuring intensely saturated blue and yellow tones and the artist’s beautiful handling of natural light, the painting has led generations of art historians to revere the artwork’s photographic realism. Visit this beautiful portrait of a woman working as a domestic help, as envisioned by master artist Johannes Vermeer.


3. The Gardens

While the paintings and artwork are the highlights of Rijksmuseum, there's much more you can enjoy here. One of these attractions is available before you even enter the museum. Enjoy the artistic showcase of the sculpture-filled garden created by Pierre Cuypers in 1901. The garden features intricate topiaries, stunning water features and prismatic flower beds, and a massive wingnut tree that overlooks the play areas. The garden also hosts installations and temporary exhibitions during the summer months.


4. Marten and Oopjen

Described by the former director of the Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes, as the most wanted but least exhibited works of Rembrandt in the world, Marten and Oopje are definite must-visits in the museum. The pair of paintings were jointly purchased by France and the Netherlands in 2016. Following minor restoration at the Rijksmuseum, the legendary painting will be showcased at both their new homes, the Louvre in Paris and Rijksmuseum.


5. The Cuypers Library

The final stop in your tour of must-visit attractions at the Rijksmuseum is the majestic Cuypers Library. Amongst the oldest and most extensive collection of art history texts in the Netherlands, the Cuypers Library is without a doubt a booklover’s paradise. You are free to admire the beauty of the ancient library, browse the shelves and study, or view the museum’s endless online collection on the library’s iPads!

What to See Around Rijksmuseum

Located at the Museumplein or Museum Square, the Rijksmuseum is close to a lot of other attractions. The primary options at your disposal are two other museums at the Museumplein, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. While the former is dedicated to the iconic works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, the latter is majorly known as a center for modern art and design. The Museum Square is also home to the famed concert hall, the Royal Concertgebouw. The concert hall is considered amongst the finest in the world and you can catch a performance here by checking for tickets online. The famous I Amsterdam sign is also within walking distance from the Rijksmuseum, perfect for a photo op.


Q. Is it safe to visit the Rijksmuseum post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Rijksmuseum is only accepting digital transactions, whether online or at the physical ticket counter. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors. 

Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Rijksmuseum?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. It is essential that visitors wear a mask at all times; hand sanitizer gels have also been available at various points at the Rijksmuseum. All visitors are also required to maintain a minimum of 1.5 meters distance from others around.

Q. Are Rijksmuseum tickets available online now?
A. Yes. You can book your Rijksmuseum tickets online, or at the ticket counter via digital payment methods.

Q. What is the cancelation policy for Rijksmuseum tickets?
A. It depends on the Rijksmuseum ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 24-48 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation. 

Q. Are guided tours of the Rijksmuseum available post-COVID-19?
A. No. As of now, all guided tours have been temporarily discontinued. 

Q. What parts of the Rijksmuseum are open to the public post-COVID-19?
A. All parts of the Rijksmuseum are open to the public, except for the library and gardens. 

Q. What are Rijksmuseum hours post-COVID-19? 
A. Rijksmuseum hours post-COVID-19 are 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM, every day of the week. The Rijksmuseum shop and cafe are open till 06:00 PM. 

Q. Are there any special facilities for disabled visitors at the Rijksmuseum?
A. The Rijksmuseum is accessible to visitors with disabilities. The museum is equipped with lifts and all museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. The museum also has a limited number of wheelchairs available for use. 

Q. Does the museum have a cloakroom/lockers?
A. Yes, there is a free, supervised cloakroom where you can leave your bag, umbrella, daypack or school backpack. Please note that large bags and luggage will not be stored in the cloakroom and is not allowed inside the museum.

Q. Can photos be taken in the museum?
A. Yes, but you can take photos only without a flash and videos without the use of lights.

Q. Can tickets purchased online be used any day?
A. When purchasing your ticket online, you'll have to choose a date and start time for your visit. The ticket is only valid for this day.

Q. How long do you have to queue for tickets?
A. The busiest months at the Rijksmuseum are April, May and August. The estimated waiting time at the ticket office is around 20 to 30 minutes.

Q. How do I enter straight into the museum without going past the ticket office?
A. You can walk directly to one of the entrance gates with an e-ticket, a Rijksmuseum Vriendenkaart and a Museumkaart.

Q. Does the museum have Wi-Fi?
A. Yes, the Rijksmuseum is equipped with free Wi-Fi.

Q. What is the maximum group size per guided tour?
A. The maximum group size for a guided tour is 15 people.