Visiting safely

Welcome back to the Rijksmuseum! We’re open again. A very warm welcome to you as always, now with some new ways of doing things. There will be fewer people in the museum at any one time, for example, and extra attention for hygiene. All visitors also have to book a start time. We hope you have a lovely time at the Rijksmuseum!

Book your tickets and start time


How does it work?

  • Keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people
  • Members of the same household are allowed to walk together
  • Please follow the arrows indicating one-way routes
  • Please follow directions given by museum staff
  • Disinfectant hand gel available at various points
  • No photography or filming allowed

Are all areas of the museum open?

All areas of the museum are open, except for the library. You are also welcome to visit the Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome exhibition, which runs until 13 September 2020. There is no extra charge for the exhibition. You will need to book a start time. These can be booked online.

Start time and tickets

All visitors are required to book a start time.

  • This applies to everyone, including Friends of the museum or with a Museum Card.
  • The start time indicates the start of your visit.
  • Once inside you can stay as long as you want during opening hours.

Start times and tickets will be available in phases. At the moment, only tickets for visits in June and July are available. A maximum of 6 tickets can be booked per order. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome larger groups at this time.

Book your start time and tickets

Three main routes

We have set out three main routes that will show you ‘the best of the Rijksmuseum’.

  1. The Highlights route 1 (orange) will lead you through the Gallery of Honour and the Night Watch Gallery to the galleries of the late 17th century, the 19th-century and the Middle Ages. Taking this route, you will see the model ship William Rex, the doll houses, and paintings by Gerard Dou, Jan Steen and Berkheyde, as well as Van Gogh, Breitner and Jan van Scorel.

  2. The Highlights route 2 (green) will lead you through the Gallery of Honour and the Night Watch Gallery to the galleries of the early 17th century, the 18th century and Special Collections. Take this route and you will see Hugo de Groot’s book chest, paintings by Avercamp, Rembrandt and Frans Hals, as well as work by Cornelis Troost, a jewellery collection, weapons and model ships.

  3. The Exhibitions route will lead you through Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome, the exhibition of masterpieces by the painter Caravaggio, the sculptor Bernini and their contemporaries.

The routes are clearly signposted in the museum. You are also welcome to choose your own route, of course, but please be sure to follow the arrows indicating the one-way routes.

Tours and activities

app The multimedia tour devices are available as usual; we will disinfect them prior to each use. Please book your multimedia tour along with your ticket and pick it up from the multimedia tour desk. The multimedia tour devices provide background information about the main routes and many of the artworks. The Rijksmuseum App offers identical information; just make sure you’ve got the latest version, and bring along your own headphones/earphones!

No guided tours or group activities are taking place in the museum at this time. If you are coming with children you can still book the free Family Game, or else pick up a family guide from the information desk so you can discover the museum together.

The museum shop, cloakroom, toilets, lockers and cafe are all open. The gardens are not open yet.