Off to Rijksmuseum? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit. We also inform of opening times and phone numbers!

Make sure to buy your skip-the-line tickets online before your visit!

Estimated wait

Closed Reopens Sunday 14/08 at 09:00
Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19
09:00 10:00
10:00 11:00
11:00 15:00
15:00 16:00
16:00 17:00
Between 15 min and 30 min
Between 30 min and 1h
More than 1h
Between 1h and 1h30

Our tips

Waiting lines to Rijksmuseum

  • At Rijksmuseum there’s first a waiting line to buy the ticket and then another one for the entrance. You can skip the first one by buying your ticket online or if you’re a museum pass holder. During the high season it will take about half an hour of queuing to buy your ticket on site.

  • Online tickets are not designated to a specific date or time slot, you can use for up to a year after purchase, so we strongly recommend it.

  • Even with the ticket in hand, you’ll have to wait in the second queue. There’s only one way to skip this line as well, more expensive - book a guided tour on the museum’s website.

Tips for a few days in Amsterdam

This page will give you many tips to avoid crowds in Amsterdam as well as crowd schedules for top tourist attractions in order to plan your visits.

Choosing date and time

  • If you don’t like crowds - try to avoid visiting Rijksmuseum on Queen’s Day, Liberation Day, in August and the New Year period.

  • Winter is the best time: lines are much shorter than in summer.

  • Peak hours in Rijksmuseum are from 11:00 to 15:00, the busiest days are Fridays, weekends and holidays.

  • The best way to avoid crowds is to arrive either 10 minutes before the opening time or after 15:00.

  • Weather conditions matter a lot: the museum sees much bigger crowds when it’s raining, coming on a sunny day would be a good option.

Plan your visit

  • Certain rooms in the museum can be overcrowded, such as; where the gems of Rijksmuseum’s collection are exhibited; The ‘Night Watch’ of Rembrandt and four Vermeer’s paintings on the second floor. If you plan to arrive at the opening time - head to these paintings first before the crowds arrive. On the contrary, if you arrive in the afternoon - leave this part for the end of your tour when there won’t be many people left.

  • We advise you to download the museum’s app (it exists for iPhone and for Android, you’ll find the museum’s map and a couple of free audio tours inside. Just don’t forget to take your headphones!

  • Big bags and rucksacks are not allowed, you’ll have to leave them in the museum’s cloak-room.

Rijksmuseum Photo credits to Rijksmuseum

Ticket prices

From the 01/11/2014:

Adult: 17,5 €.

Children up to 18 years: free.

Photo credits to Rijksmuseum


Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
📍 Museumplein/Museumstraat 1
1071 CJ

From Central Station: trams 2 and 5 (Rijksmuseum tram stop)

From Zuid Station: tram 5 (Rijksmuseum tram stop)

From Sloterdijk Station: tram 12 (Museumplein tram stop)

From Amstel Station: tram 12 (Museumplein tram stop), or metro to Weesperplein, then tram 7 or 10 (Spiegelgracht tram stop)

From the Marnixstraat regional bus station: tram 7 and 10 (Spiegelgracht tram stop), or bus 145, 170, 172, 174 and 197 (Rijksmuseum bus stop)

From Schiphol Amsterdam Airport: bus 197 (Rijksmuseum bus stop)

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