Why visit the Rijksmuseum?

The Rijksmuseum

Even if you’re not into art, you’ll want to visit the Rijksmuseum. Not only is the finest art on display to delight anyone and to bring alive the history they learned as kids, but this is also one of the world’s most renowned art museums.

Remembering Rembrandt 350 years On

You want to put a picture of yourself on social media standing outside the Rijksmuseum with a caption that says ‘A true must-see – been there done that!’. This year 2019, is after all the 350th Anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn, a 17th-century painter who has dominated what is known as the Dutch Golden Age.

There are many cultural institutions in the Netherlands that will be commemorating Rembrandt’s illustrious legacy and contributions to art, and this means special events and exhibitions. The Dutch artist is known for his self-portraits and biblical scenes, being thought of as one of the greatest painters in European history.

A wide collection of famous paintings

There is a splendid collection of paintings and artworks depicting the history of the Netherlands, and you’ll see Rembrandt’s most famous painting ‘The Night Watch’. This is Rembrandt’s biggest painting and it rightfully holds centrepiece position in the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour.

You’ll also see Van Gogh’s ‘Self Portrait’. When you take a further look, you’ll discover other delights such as a wonderful collection of Delft blue pottery tea-sets and vases. As if this isn’t enough, there is an amazing ‘Doll’s House’ too, providing a detailed account of life in the 17th century. There are also awesome collections of glass, porcelain, ship models, silverwork and musical instruments.

General details on the museum

  • Opening hours for this visual feast are every day of the year from 9:00 to 17:00, and this includes Christmas day and New Year’s day. The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijks Shop and Café are also open to visitors from 9:00 to 18:00.
  • If you want to plan your trip to the Netherlands in a quieter tourism time, this museum’s busiest months are April, May and August, The ticket office will see you waiting for up to half an hour, so it is always advised to buy your ticket online to avoid the busy ticket office. The ticket is valid for up to 12 months after purchase.
  • Those with disabilities and in wheelchairs will be pleased to note that the Rijksmuseum is accessible for them. All galleries and lifts are wheelchair accessible. It is useful to know that the museum even has some wheelchairs available for use. Non-pointy walking sticks, crutches and walking frames, as well as guide dogs, are also permitted but mobility scooters are not. To ensure everyone feels welcome, the museum also permits free entry to the person assisting those who can’t move around independently through the museum.
  • All those odds and ends that people carry with them such as umbrellas and backpacks can be left in the supervised cloakroom with free lockers.
  • You can take photos and videos in the museum without a flash and tripods. There is free wifi within the museum.

This fantastic museum is laid out over four floors and is truly a must-see. Many people like the idea of a guided tour and these are available in English and on 3 different themes. Bookings for these can be done online.

While in Amsterdam, it’s time to go big and treasure splendid times so buy your ticket and get this amazing attraction ticked off.