Rijksmuseum Private Tour: The Dutch Golden Age

Take a 2 hour Rijksmuseum private tour and discover the Dutch Golden Age through famous paintings and fascinating objects.

If you are visiting the Netherlands, you must visit the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of Dutch art and history with a wonderful collection spanning 800 years in 80 rooms. Recently re-opened after 10 years of renovation, the museum is home to some of the greatest and most famous works of Dutch art – from Vermeer’s tiny masterpiece, The Milkmaid, to Rembrandt’s epic group portrait, The Night Watch.

The greatest highlights are the works from the Dutch Golden Age of Art (around 1580-1680) and the collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Steen and de Hooch is world class. The Golden Age in the Netherlands was an extraordinary period of world trade, economic growth, wealth, cultural and religious diversity. Our Rijksmuseum private tour focuses on this period and concentrates on the second floor of the museum to 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. Visitors can expect much more than paintings as we will also explore Delftware, items from Dutch maritime history and the famous dollshouses, all combining to vividly demonstrate the wealth of culture during the Golden Age.

Throughout your Rijksmuseum private tour, your guide 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. This Rijkmuseum tour has been developed by an experienced museum educator and is designed to deliver a top-notch learning experience which is both fun and conversational. No two tours will ever be the same!

What’s included:

Entrance tickets to the Rijksmuseum (€17.50 pp)
Private tour in English
Services of an experienced English-speaking museum educator
All local taxes

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Note: The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum tours can also be combined into a 3 hour tour of both museums. Please click here for more details.