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Rijksmuseum Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

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Duration: 2 to 2.5hs Semi-Private Tour
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Holland’s version of the Louvre is essential when visiting Amsterdam, and this semi-private guided tour of the Rijksmuseum will introduce visitors to the seemingly endless collection that curates Dutch history over the centuries. This 2 to 2.5 hour museum tour allows you to join no more than 8 travelers on a visit with a dashing young guide who will lead you through the museum. Your guide will provide tickets that are valid the whole day so that you can return at your leisure.

 

For those who aren’t familiar with Dutch culture – and who is really? – we will explore its rich and vibrant past through a selection of works from among the 8000 objects on display. We’ll discuss familiar names like Rembrandt as well as lesser known items like 17th century dollhouses. Understand the meaning behind Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and marvel at the expansive 19th century library. At the end of the tour, you’ll have a good overview of the museum’s collection and you may even know how to pronounce its name correctly.

Highlights Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)

Rembrandt masterworks

The Nightwatch

The Jewish Bride

The Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild

Vermeer’s The Milkmaid19th century library

17th century dollhouses, globes, ship replica, and Delft ceramics

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Semi-Private Tour

“Semi-Private” means group size is never more than 8 guests maximum.

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Latest Reviews
Latest Reviews
  • Marcia P Marcia P

    Eve was a wonderful guide and brought the art, the history, and the culture together for our family.The tour of the Rijksmuseum was valuable and I think we got a much better appreciation of the art having a guide give us context!

  • Elizabeth E Elizabeth E

    Selina was a wonderful guide to an amazing museum. She did a great job curating the history and the art. I highly recommend.

  • C K s C K s

    The tour was well organized, started on time, the guide was very good and the bus was clean. Good to take this tour if you want a bird's eye view f Amsterdam. Highly Recommended.

  • Abdul Abdul

    It was a good way to learn about the items in the museum

  • ken c ken c

    Very good tour. our focus was on 17th century artists such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

  • Terry S Terry S

    This two hour tour was great! Our tour guide was well informed and an American so language was not a barrier. She gave lots of insight to the art and artists. You don't have to wait in line and can stay in the museum after the tour to see more of the collection. They have a fun gift shop but I would skip the restaurant. Expensive, long line and food is just okay.

  • Mary L Mary L

    Loved having a private tour. Our group was only 6 people or so. The guide told us such interesting facts about paintings that gave me so much more excitement looking at paintings than I had before. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to go but, like me, doesn't know what to look for in art.

  • FrankK FrankK

    Our guide was wonderful! She gave us a brief history of the museum which was very interesting. We looked at quite a few paintings and she pointed out the details, explained the painter's style and compared the artist to others in that time period. When the tour was over she also emailed us our tickets which allowed us to stay in the museum or come back later that same day! We would highly recommend this tour!

  • MICHAEL D MICHAEL D

    Our small group tour turned out to be a private one. The young woman that accompanied us through the museum was extremely knowledgeable, very informative and had a lovely personality!!! Absolutely made our trip! Can't wait to book another tour through Viator!

  • AnnaB AnnaB

    Very much enjoyed the museum and the private tour. We lucked out and it was only us on the tour. Had a great time with Victoria and got more from the museum than we would have on our own

  • Mason S Mason S

    Viki; our tour guide was legendary. We were in constant awe of her knowledge of the art as well as the museum itself. Request Viki if you are planning a Babylon tour. PS- she also gave us incredible recommendations for nightlife and restaurants. Live Jazz and exciting venues. Best Regards- TOM and MASON

  • Gilmoremarda Gilmoremarda

    Excellent

  • CATHERINE CATHERINE

    It was a wonderful experience. There is no way we would have maximized our time in the museum without the guide.

  • David B David B

    Victoria our tour guide was excellent. Her passion for the amazing art was contagious. So thankful we had her along. She pointed out little details that we would have simply not noticed.

  • Ronald J Ronald J

    Tea was a wonderful guide - we were delighted with the tour and would recommend her highly! She is incredibly knowledgeable about the Dutch masters and gave us an entirely new appreciation for the styles and skills of the painters. We could not have been more pleased with our experience.

  • Leland Conner Leland Conner

    excellent knowledgeable guide. we booked a group tour but wound up being the only couple with our guide.

  • Edna Weber Edna Weber

    Our guide was Giussepina. She is excellent; well informed, interested in her subject, and fun to spend time with. We are very happy for the experience. Thank you

  • Margaret Gates Margaret Gates

    Our guide was an art history major. She gave very intimate descriptions of the motivation and background of the artist as well as the influence each painter had on the work of others and vice versa. There was a focus to her guided tour that I found helpful to keep the stories and the art and artists in my mind as a picture map. Well worth the money.

  • Victor Branch Victor Branch

    Very awesome and informative tour! We loved it! Audrey, our guide, was very personable, and knowledgeable! We would definitely recommended the guided tour of Riksmuseum.

  • Cecilia Waller Cecilia Waller

    Melissa conducted a great tour. She was able to incorporate the history and culture of Holland with items in the museum. She paid special attention the paintings my Rembrandt and Vermeer. Great tour. Thanks

  • Delia Patel Delia Patel

    Fabulous guide, didn’t lose out interest for over two hours. He is a true Rembrandt scholar, extremely well versed and had a great sense of humor.

  • Ericka Mclaughlin Ericka Mclaughlin

    2.5+ hours well spent. Not only was our guide Victoria knowledgeable about art, but also the history of The Netherlands and the social and cultural issues of the time. It was very apparent that Victoria enjoyed sharing her knowledge with us.

  • Jim Lyons Jim Lyons

    Josephine was excellent. So knowledgeable. Added to our enjoyment of the Museum. We did skip the line, not necessary today.

  • Robin Mitchell Robin Mitchell

    Selina was a fabulous guide who brought the paintings alive by initially taking us to see items of glass and porcelain - an area of the museum that we would never have thought of visiting. Its always a relief to be shown around a museum by someone who knows exactly where to go to see the highlights without the crowds - and then really explains what we are seeing and asks us to really look at the pictures and look beyond the obvious - 2.5hrs of wonderful art history. Thank you!

  • Rene Bowen Rene Bowen

    My husband, another couple and I enjoyed a 6+ hour tour today with Victoria, our guide, along with 4 other people. It was well worth the cost to avoid the incredibly long lines and to have an extremely knowledgeable guide explain the history and background behind the works of art we saw. These 2 museums are not to be missed and we felt that having an art history major who was passionate about her subject matter made it entirely worthwhile. We would advise anyone to splurge on this tour if you’re at all interested in getting the most out of your time at these two gems of museums.

  • Chase Duncan Chase Duncan

    Our guide, Tea, was so full of knowledge of the artists, art work, culture, and community. I never would have learned this much without her insight. Was a wonderful day and a highlight of my entire Amsterdam trip!

  • Mae Jacobs Mae Jacobs

    Tour guide Victoria did an excellent job leading us through this wonderful museum. Her knowledge base is deep, and she provides the information in an insightful and intriguing manner. You will be fascinated with the the tour and the art, no matter what your level of art expertise is. Doing a tour of the museum with a small group led by a guide is well worth the cost. Highly recommended.

  • Jayme Reynolds Jayme Reynolds

    Viki; our tour guide was legendary. We were in constant awe of her knowledge of the art as well as the museum itself. Request Viki if you are planning a Babylon tour. PS- she also gave us incredible recommendations for nightlife and restaurants. Live Jazz and exciting venues.

  • Tanisha Cisneros Tanisha Cisneros

    I would recommend this tour to anyone that will listen. Our guide was knowledgeable, passionate about her job, and very informative. We really enjoyed our visit and learned so much more than we ever have could on our own.

  • Tommie Zimmerman Tommie Zimmerman

    Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Victoria was really good and fun to be with. She was very knowing of art and quality of the paintings. She showed how some pieces were nearly flawless and how some were not perfect. Much historical background was provided. We also visited the basement rooms and saw the many model ships, old guns, and relevant items. All of this was in amazing condition.

  • Sheri Gray Sheri Gray

    Very helpful to better understand the important paintings we saw, especially Rembrandt. Then we had the rest of the day in the museum to see more of its collections.

  • Percy Haney Percy Haney

    Audrey was very pleasant, punctual and added a great deal of interest to our trip through the Rijksmuseum by providing helpful historical and artistic knowledge to the paintings we viewed. Would highly recommend.

  • Greg Richard Greg Richard

    This was a small group of 8 people. Audrey, our guide, was excellent and spent over 2 1/2 hours showing us around and informing us about the artwork we were seeing. Excellent and highly recommend!

  • Kasey Farmer Kasey Farmer

    This was a great tour largely because Paola, our guide, who gave us great insight into the historical background of the paintings and the techniques used by the painters whose art we examined.

  • Johnnie Rios Johnnie Rios

    We enjoyed a most informative tour of the Rijksmuseum followed by a walking tour of key sites in the city. Our highly qualified guide Henk was a mine of information and was able to answer all our queries with professionalism. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Recommended.

  • Morgan Hudson Morgan Hudson

    Victoria gave us a fabulous tour!! The museum is organized chronologically for the most part, which makes it really interesting.

  • Jennifer Neal Jennifer Neal

    I had scheduled a private tour and had to make a change to a semi-private one because our guide got sick. At first, I was not pleased and worried that the experience would not be what I had hoped. Thankfully, it was great. The guide, Victoria, was terrific! The museum is also simply wonderful.

  • Deann Giles Deann Giles

    Instructions on our meeting point were easy to follow and our guide, Audrey, arrived in plenty of time to greet us. She spoke excellent English (she is originally from USA) and was professional and knowledgable. Our tour was with 6 others (8 total) and took us in chronological order through the Rejksmuseum, so it brought the history of Amsterdam to like through the artwork. We enjoyed it greatly.

  • Gayle Singh Gayle Singh

    Victoria exceeded our expectations. She was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about everything. Answered all our questions and was lovely to be with

  • Kory Olson Kory Olson

    Very good tour. our focus was on 17th century artists such as Vermeer and Rembrandt

  • Terry Smith Terry Smith

    This two hour tour was great! Our tour guide was well informed and an American so language was not a barrier. She gave lots of insight to the art and artists. You don't have to wait in line and can stay in the museum after the tour to see more of the collection. They have a fun gift shop but I would skip the restaurant. Expensive, long line and food is just okay.

  • Caitlin Knapp Caitlin Knapp

    Loved having a private tour. Our group was only 6 people or so. The guide told us such interesting facts about paintings that gave me so much more excitement looking at paintings than I had before. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to go but, like me, doesn't know what to look for in art.

  • Emmanuel Ryan Emmanuel Ryan

    Our small group tour turned out to be a private one. The young woman that accompanied us through the museum was extremely knowledgeable, very informative and had a lovely personality!!! Absolutely made our trip! Can't wait to book another tour through Viator!

  • Chris Snow Chris Snow

    Victoria our tour guide was excellent. Her passion for the amazing art was contagious. So thankful we had her along. She pointed out little details that we would have simply not noticed.

  • Mitch Lloyd Mitch Lloyd

    Tea was a wonderful guide - we were delighted with the tour and would recommend her highly! She is incredibly knowledgeable about the Dutch masters and gave us an entirely new appreciation for the styles and skills of the painters. We could not have been more pleased with our experience.

  • Ramon Kaiser Ramon Kaiser

    It was a good way to learn about the items in the museum.

  • Nora Warren Nora Warren

    It was a wonderful experience. There is no way we would have maximized our time in the museum without the guide.

  • Asa Simon Asa Simon

    The museum is amazing. However, be sure when you book your tour that you receive your entry tickets from the tour guide. She did not give us the tickets. To get a snack or even use the restroom required leaving the ticketed area and so we could not get back in even with our voucher for the tour. I really would have loved to spend more time after the tour going through the museum. Also our guide was very soft spoken and hard to hear. Not very engaging.

  • Quinn Melendez Quinn Melendez

    The tour was well organized, started on time, the guide was very good and the bus was clean. Good to take this tour if you want a bird's eye view f Amsterdam. Highly Recommended.

  • Latonya Lopez Latonya Lopez

    Selina was a wonderful guide to an amazing museum. She did a great job curating the history and the art. I highly recommend.

  • Kevin Hall Kevin Hall

    Eve was a wonderful guide and brought the art, the history, and the culture together for our family.The tour of the Rijksmuseum was valuable and I think we got a much better appreciation of the art having a guide give us context!

  • Rubin Lopez Rubin Lopez

    Outstanding guide and tour . We learned a lot and enjoyed the guide’s explanations. Highly recommend.

  • Marilyn Blake Marilyn Blake

    Angelo led us through the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt's home and the streets of the city. His knowledge could not have been better and we learned so much about the history, art and culture of Holland. We had a great day in Amsterdam.

  • Aimee Booth Aimee Booth

    We were a group of only three and had a great time. I never felt rushed or overwhelmed, as I often can at galleries or museums, and learned a lot. We saw all that we’d hoped to and Audrey is so knowledgeable. She has a gentle manner, and we all loved spending the morning with her. Thanks Audrey!

  • Noelle Prince Noelle Prince

    We had a Fantastic tour. Our guide, Eve, was knowledgable and personable and pitched the tour well to our interests. We had a fabulous day!

  • Mayra Braun Mayra Braun

    While the small group tour is expensive, Angelo made it well more than worthwhile. His base of knowledge in the art field was outstanding! He overextended himself by providing a great amount of background information, supported by extensive pictures on his iPad, about various artists and their individual works. He easily handled questions from several guests who had a great deal of knowledge about various art ages. artists and there relation with each other. We highly recomend this tour. Be prepared to be overwhelmed.

  • Shelby Rios Shelby Rios

    It was only my spouse and I and it could not have been better. Victoria knew what she was talking about and knew how to draw us into the art; how to let us see the small things your brain processes on auto pilot, turning them into the Big things that *make* a piece. She knew the history of the city and the artists. We will be lucky to get another guide like her, but she is why we will most likely book more private tours.

  • Stephan Davila Stephan Davila

    So worth doing. We are a family of four and were the only ones on the tour with Ilaria. She was a great guide and explained the background and context of paintings and artists that was memorable and really brought the paintings alive.

  • Edgar Quinn Edgar Quinn

    Great paintings and knowledge from our guide. His in-site helped to bring the paintings alive. The time went too quickly. We would be happy, and look forward to another tour with him at this museum or another.

  • Tanner Tapia Tanner Tapia

    Our guide Victoria was extremely knowledgeable and spent a great deal of time sharing that knowledge with our small group of four. She was very enthusiastic about not only the items but also background about the artists and Dutch culture. Very informative and fun.

  • Bert Rice Bert Rice

    o stars, guide did not show, I had to buy a ticket and tour the museum on my own. Very disappointed in aviator! I was only 10min late…