Enrich your visit to Amsterdam’s finest museum with a private guide. The Rijksmuseum has an outstanding collection of 17th century paintings, showing the history of the Netherlands. We offer background stories that go beyond the frame, with reflections on aesthetics, Dutch society and history. Experience one of the most crowded places of Amsterdam in an intimate way, with attention for interaction and contemplation. Our guide’s unique approach will make your visit personal and unforgettable!
* tour price based on 2 hours including VAT, excluding entrance fees. For more hours the price will be adjusted accordingly.
- Rembrandt’s Night Watch
- Vermeer’s Milkmaid
- More highlights of the Dutch Golden Age like Frans Hals, Jan Steen
- Lesser-known paintings and artefacts of the Flemish and Dutch Golden Age
- Let us arrange your entrance tickets (entrance fee not included)
- Prolong and/or customize to your wishes
What our guests say about this tour
"Fun and educational"
The Rijksmuseum is much larger, you could probably spend days there. Hanneke did a nice job moving us through focusing on a number of paintings by different artists and different time periods so we got a nice overview of the more prominent works.
Hanneke provided an in depth knowledge to get everyone engaged and learning more about the selected pieces. Hanneke could connect with both my 6 and 16 year old. I cannot recommend her enough!
About the tour
Amsterdam’s iconic Rijksmuseum offers a unique insight into the Dutch Golden Age. On this 2-hours tour, we explore its major and lesser-known masterpieces.
The Rijksmuseum is one of the most visited places in Amsterdam. This private experience allows you to discover it at your own pace. You will enjoy the full attention of a professional guide, to visit the museum in an engaging and intimate way.
The tour uncovers the historic significance of the Golden Age art. We look beyond the frame of famous paintings. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and other old masters have captivating stories to tell!
The collection of the Rijksmuseum helps us understand the Dutch 17th-century history and everyday life. Stories of paintings and artists offer a glimpse into the Dutch Golden Age society as a whole.
Rembrandt highlights – the heart of Rijksmuseum’s collection
The Golden Age is a unique period in the Dutch history. It was a time of exceptional prosperity and political greatness. The Netherlands became a worldwide empire. Amsterdam ruled the waves and thrived like never before.
During this time, the small Dutch nation produced millions of extraordinary artworks. They paved the way to modern art. Some of the eminent Golden Age masters became all-time giants of art history.
The tour begins with a short incursion into the 16th-century Flemish art. Then we delve into the Dutch Golden Age with The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn. It is the Rijksmuseum’s most symbolic piece. Something to consider: this painting is extremely popular. We recommend to take the tour in the morning, before the bigger crowds arrive.
As many famous artworks, The Night Watch bears its share of secrets. Together, we disentangle truth from myths. We replace this exceptional work into its historic context.
We continue with other famous Rembrandts: Self-portrait as Apostle Paul, The Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild and The Jewish Bride. Stories of love and power come to life. Essential human questions are at the core of Rembrandt’s work. These paintings reveal his astonishing modernity.
The art of the everyday in the Dutch Golden Age
The tour continues with other Golden Age masters – the younger contemporaries of Rembrandt.
With trade blooming, 17th-century Holland developed a large and thriving art market. New clients belonged to the wealthy Dutch middle class.
They valued and collected art that spoke about themselves. It prompted artists to explore new genres.
They invented the art of the everyday: still lifes, landscapes, scenes of ordinary life. We zoom in on these inventions with artists like Jan de Heem and Jacob van Ruysdael.
We stroll through the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour towards the next highlight. The Milkmaid, a must-see painting by Johannes Vermeer, is a high spot of the collection.
This and other works of the “Sphinx of Delft” leave the viewer with many unanswered questions. We try to find the answers together, as we delve into the hidden meaning of Vermeer’s symbolic details.
We move from Vermeer’s mysteries to the comic moralism of Jan Steen. A closer look at the rivalries reveals the mutual inspiration that fuelled the art of the Dutch Golden Age.
Big and small history in the Dutch Golden Age
The Rijksmuseum’s collection is about much more than paintings.
On this tour, we also explore the famous Delft Blue pottery, artefacts from Dutch maritime history, and stunning dollhouses. These miniature Amsterdam canal houses can tell more about adults than about children!
These fabulous items bring back to life the glories and eccentricities of the Golden Age. They remind of the world domination of the Dutch East India Company and of the flop of the Tulip Mania. These memories highlight the richness of this exceptional time in Dutch history.
Take this tour and enjoy a knowledgeable, fun, and relaxed introduction into the Dutch Golden Age – in art and beyond.
Where is the meeting point?
We will email you the meeting point and other details of the tour upon booking.
I have particular interest in one or more specific parts of the Rijksmuseum collection. Can this tour be customized?
A lot is possible. We always customize each tour to befit your wishes and interests. Please contact us and we will be happy to come up with a tailor made solution for you.
Is this tour suitable for young children?
This tour is suitable from the age of 12. In case you are interested in a Rijksmuseum tour with children under 12, please book through our family tours page.
Is this tour suitable for people with reduced mobility?
The Rijksmuseum is well accessible for people with reduced mobility.