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Rijksmuseum Opening Hours | Best Time to Visit & More

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Rijksmuseum, one of the most prominent museums in the Netherlands, boasts an impressive collection of over 1 million artworks and artifacts from the Dutch Golden Age. The museum also hosts seasonal exhibitions like the special Vermeer exhibition that will delve deeper into the artist’s life and artworks. From Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh to porcelain objects from the Ming dynasty, the Rijksmuseum has something for everyone. Rijksmuseum also hosts temporary exhibitions, that explore contemporary themes and highlight the works of international artists. 

Rijksmuseum Opening Hours

Rijksmuseum Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM

Last Admission: 4:30 PM

Note: The Museum Shop is open until 6 PM. 

Duration of Visit: You will need almost 4 to 5 hours to tour all the galleries in the Rijksmuseum. 

What is the Best Time to Visit the Rijksmuseum?

Best Time to Visit the Rijksmuseum

Peak Season vs Low Season

Peak Season: April - September

Low Season: November - February

The best time to visit the Rijksmuseum is between April to September. This is when the museum also hosts several exhibitions like the Vermeer collection, which are a must-visit for anyone interested in Dutch art history. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, you can also visit the Rijksmuseum during the winter months and explore the museum at your own pace.

Best Time to Visit the Rijksmuseum

Weekday vs Weekend

The Rijksmuseum is open daily throughout the year. However, avoid visiting on public holidays and weekends. It is best to reach early during weekdays to explore the museum to the fullest. 

The Rijksmuseum is usually busy between 11 AM to 3 PM. If you want comparatively lesser crowds, you can arrive early in the day around 9 AM when the museum opens, or come later during the last afternoon hours after 3 PM.

How Long Do You Need to Tour the Rijksmuseum?

Rijksmuseum has many galleries, which showcase individual aspects of Dutch art and history. You need at least 4 to 5 hours, depending on the number of galleries you visit inside the museum. Try reaching early in the day to have more time to explore the artworks and artifacts. 

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All Your Questions About Rijksmuseum Opening Hours Answered

What are Rijksmuseum’s opening hours?

The Rijksmuseum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily throughout the year.

Is the Rijksmuseum open everyday?

Yes, the Rijksmuseum is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM throughout the year.

How long does it take to explore the Rijksmuseum?

It takes almost 4 to 5 hours to explore all the galleries in the Rijksmuseum, depending on the number of exhibitions you visit. 

When is the last admission to the Rijksmuseum?

The last entry to the Rijksmuseum is at 4:30 PM, which is 30 minutes before closing time. However, we suggest visiting the Rijksmuseum at an earlier time to give yourself time to fully explore the museum.

When is the best time to visit the Rijksmuseum?

The Rijksmuseum is most crowded on weekends. We suggest that you plan your visit during the weekdays in the morning, ideally around 9 AM, or in the late evenings, around 3 PM to avoid the crowds.

Should I visit the Rijksmuseum during public holidays?

The Rijksmuseum can get more crowded during weekends and public holidays. It would be better to avoid planning your visit on these days for a more relaxed experience.

Should I buy Rijksmuseum tickets in advance?

It is best to book Rijksmuseum tickets in advance to avoid standing in long lines. Booking tickets online ensures that your spot is reserved upon payment confirmation. 

How many entrances does Rijksmuseum have?

Rijksmuseum has a single grand entrance, with a facade and an impressive grand staircase. Its Neo-classical build has made it a favorite among tourists. 

How to get to the Rijksmuseum?

You can board any bus between 305, 314, 347, and 397 to reach Leidseplein or Overtoom, which is a short walk from the Rijksmuseum. You can also catch a train from the IC or SPR lines and reach Museumplein.