RIJKSMUSEUM AND VAN GOGH MUSEUM PRIVATE TOUR
Combine two of Amsterdam’s most famous museums in a 3 hour Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum private tour with skip the line tickets.
3 hour private tour in English
Hand-picked, engaging guides with a background in art history, history or museum education.
Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum
Suitable for adults and family groups.
Our Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum tour allows you to combine two of Amsterdam’s must-see museums in one private tour.
We start at the Rijksmuseum and focus on the works from the Dutch Golden Age of Art (around 1580-1680). Our tour will follow the development of Dutch art from the origins of the Dutch republic to the founding of the Dutch East India Company to ‘Tulip Mania’ and beyond. We will look at how artists learnt to specialise during the 17th century and learn about the different artists specialising in portraits, landscapes, still lifes or domestic scenes. We look in detail at world-class paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Steen and de Hooch amongst others.
We will then continue to the Van Gogh Museum to discover and explore the artwork of Vincent van Gogh who only began his career as an artist at age 27 and died tragically just 10 years later. Although now regarded as one of the world’s most popular artists, he only sold one painting during his lifetime.
Our tour will take you through his early works in the Netherlands to his subsequent journey around France – from Paris, Arles, Saint-Remy and Auvers. We will look closely at how hard he worked to improve his skills; how he experimented with materials and techniques, and also his influences, sources of inspiration and use of colour.
Throughout this private tour, we will show you how to look carefully at art to discover details and information for yourselves. We aim to engage our visitors in conversation about the works of art or objects we are exploring. No two tours will ever be the same!
“With a docent from Thinking Museum, I spent 3 hours in the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum(s). While being a fan of art, I’m now a fanatic. The depth of insight into the artist(s) and the works made it much more than a stereotypical tour.”
“(our guide’s) knowledge was excellent and it was a wonderful and informative experience. We highly recommend this company and have already done so to our friends.”
“Had a wonderful visit to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Our guide really pointed out and related historical facts to the art work and made it come alive. My wife and I and my 19 year old twins enjoyed the museums and indeed it was a ‘thinking museum’. Would recommend Thinking Museum highly.
“I’m not an ” art guy” but (our guide) made the the information informative and kept me interested the entire 3 hours. This method definitely allows you to hit the important pieces and provides a wonderful overview of the Dutch Golden Age and Van Gogh brilliance. Highly recommend it!”
“We learned so much and had so much fun!”
“Truly enjoyable, and we learned so very much.”
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