Rijksmuseum Hours – Timings for Rijksmuseum, Library, Shop, Cafe, RIJKS Restaurant

The Rijksmuseum is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day throughout the year, including public holidays.

The last entry to the museum shuts at 4.30 pm.

For a better understanding of Rijksmuseum Hours, refer to the table mentioned below:

DaysOpening HoursClosing HoursLast Entry
Monday9 am5 pm4.30 pm
Tuesday9 am5 pm4.30 pm
Wednesday9 am5 pm4.30 pm
Thursday9 am5 pm4.30 pm
Friday9 am5 pm4.30 pm
Saturday9 am5 pm4.30 pm
Sunday9 am5 pm4.30 pm
Keep Reading to learn the operating hours of Rijksmuseum Library, Shop, Cafe, Garden and RIJKS Restaurant.

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Rijksmuseum Hours for Library

The Rijksmuseum Research Library and Study Room is accessible to visitors who wish to research and use the museum’s facilities. 

These facilities are conveniently located near the main building’s historic library.

The Rijksmuseum Research Library and Study is free to visit, but reservations are required for admission.

  • Research Library: Monday to Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm
  • Study Room: Tuesday to Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm


The Rijksmuseum Research Library and Study Room is on the first floor of the main building. 

Follow the signs to the ‘Bibliotheek’ to the second floor and through the Waterloo room from the atrium.

Rijksmuseum Opening Hours for Shop, Cafe, and Garden

Rijksmuseum Shop and Cafe:

  • The Rijksmuseum’s Shop and Cafe are open from:
    Monday to Sunday –  9 am to 6 pm 
  • Please note that access to these areas requires an entry ticket to the museum till 5 pm. 
  • However, between 5 pm and 6 pm, you can enter without an entry ticket.

The Green Gardens:

  • The lovely green gardens surrounding the museum are only open during summer
  • The gardens are open from: Monday to Sunday – 9 am to 6 pm.

The RIJKS Restaurant Hours:

The RIJKS restaurant, managed by Executive Chef Joris Bijdendijk, opened in 2014 at the Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing. 

They introduced their Low Countries cuisine, highlighting Dutch ingredients and blending worldwide flavors, with Chefs Ivan Beusink and Yascha Oosterberg. 

In 2016 RIJKS was awarded a Michelin star for its outstanding cuisine, and they also won praise from respected guides like Gault & Millau. 

In 2019, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants added the restaurant to their prestigious 50 Best Discovery ranking.

The RIJKS restaurant is open for lunch from Wednesday to Saturday and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday:

  • Lunch – Wednesday to Sunday – 11.30 am to 2 pm
  • Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday – 6 pm to 8 pm

Note: Monday Closed

(Note: RIJKS will be closed for renovations starting from July 31. 

For updates on reopening, Check out their website and social media)

Perfect Time to Visit Rijksmuseum

The best time to visit Rijksmuseum is as soon as it opens at 9 am.

At this time you will find a smaller crowd that will give you enough time to admire each and every artifact on display.

Plan your visit on weekdays instead of weekends and public holidays, as weekends are the most crowded days at Rijksmuseum.

Visit during the off-season (April to September) to avoid a bigger crowd and have a more pleasant visit to the museum.

➚ Check the Best Time to Visit Rijksmuseum for more detailed information.

How much time do I need at Rijksmuseum?

To have a complete tour of Rijksmuseum, we advise you to spend at least 4-5 hours inside the museum, exploring its galleries and art exhibits.

However, if you are in a hurry and just want to walk around the museum, you can complete your Rijksmuseum visit in 2 hours.

➚Check How long it takes to visit Rijksmuseum for more detailed information.

FAQs about Rijksmuseum Hours

What are the Rijksmuseum opening hours?

The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, including Sundays and public holidays.

The last entry and ticket counter close at 4.30 pm.

Where is the Rijksmuseum Library located?

The library is located on the first floor of the main building.

What are the Rijksmuseum Library opening hours?

The Research Library is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and the Study Room is available Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

How much time should I allow for the Rijksmuseum?

You should allow 2-3 hours to visit the Rijksmuseum.

Can you leave and come back to the Rijksmuseum?

Yes, please arrive at your scheduled start time for the temporary exhibition and then explore the permanent collection.

Can I just turn up at the Rijksmuseum?

A reservation is required for your visit. All visitors must reserve a start time that serves as the official start of their visit. 

Once inside, you are free to look around the museum whenever you like and remain as long as you like during the hours the museum is open.

Can you bring water into the Rijksmuseum?

No, you are not allowed to eat or drink in the museum.

Are Rijksmuseum Hours same throughout the year?

Yes, the Rijkmuseum is open daily between 9 am to 5 pm with the last entry at 4.30 pm.

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