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Time Out says

If it’s your first time in Amsterdam, a trip to the Rijksmuseum is non-negotiable. Here's why

What is the Rijksmuseum and why is it famous?

The Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands’ national gallery, and as such features a huge range of Dutch historical artifacts, paintings, and sculptures. It’s so famous because it’s the country’s largest art museum, with over 8,000 objects on display, and the building is pretty incredible from the outside (and inside). 

Is the Rijksmuseum worth visiting?

If you like art and history, definitely. There’s world-famous artwork by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh on display – including The Night Watch, a painting of magnificent scale – which makes the Rijksmuseum a holy site for art lovers. 

This collection is also housed in one of Amsterdam’s most stunningly beautiful buildings (which is saying something), so even if you don’t care about what’s inside, it’s worth having a look at all the same.

Can I visit the Rijksmuseum without booking?

Much like other museums in Amsterdam, make sure you book a slot before you arrive. It gets busy. While tickets are a rather pricey €22.50, the Rijksmuseum is massive (most people spend minimum two hours here), so you get your money’s worth. 

Accessibility wise, the Rijksmuseum has a gamut of elevators and plenty of wheelchair-accessible toilets. It also has a range of schemes and programs to help those with a range of disabilities and impairments. 

Where’s good to eat nearby?

Are you a meat fan? Then hit up l'Entrecote et les Dames, a French restaurant that (basically) only sells steak and fries. But for something a bit more creative and modern, try Yerba, a plant-forward restaurant serving intricate seasonal dishes.

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Museumstraat 1
Tram 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12
Admission €22.50, free for under 18s
Opening hours:
Open 9am-5pm daily.
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