In Amsterdam City, Rijksmuseum is often mentioned in the same bracket as the Van Gogh Museum. It is home to a collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings including ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt, and other masterpiece artworks by Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, etc. People get to see those works of art dating back to the 17th century just as they walk through the ‘Gallery of Honour’ corridor leading up to the exhibit floor, which houses ‘De Nachtwacht’. Rembrandt’s masterpiece painting is the most visited one in the museum, and no wonder the gallery is named after it. The recess of the corridor that leads visitors to The Night Watch gallery is rife with 17th Century masterpieces.
Although the works of art from the Dutch Golden Age period are the highlight of the private Rijksmuseum tour, it even has antiquities and so forth, which can be traced back to the Middle Ages. So, to better navigate the museum halls, be choosy regarding the era of artworks which you want to visit in one session. For instance, if the galleries exhibiting the Golden Age paintings are full of peering crowds, it is better to visit the Philips Wing to see if the museum curators have displayed private collections or loaned artworks as part of a temporary exhibit.
The Dutch national museum welcomes millions of visitors year-round, but the crowds tend to be thicker especially on weekends and during school vacations in the Netherlands. Visitors even have an option to visit the namesake garden behind the Rijksmuseum, and the Amsterdam slogan nearby the museum. If you are visiting the Rijksmuseum when the Dutch tourism is at its peak, it is worth considering booking a guided tour to access the museum on a priority basis. Pre-booking will enable visitors to skip the line outside the museum, but even its inside premises will be just as crowded during peak hours.
The museums in Amsterdam tend to be crowded between 11:00 am till 3:00 pm, so as part of the itinerary it is best to skip midday visits and arrive at 9:00 am or before 4:30 pm to book tickets. If you can advance book the ticket through an online portal, skipping the line tour is almost guaranteed depending on the number of visitors to the Rijksmuseum. Don’t forget to head straight to the second floor to make the most of the guided tour.