General admission is 12.5 euros. Free for under 19s, I amsterdam Card and Museumkaart holders.
The Rijksmuseum has an exhibition space at Schiphol airport, open daily 7am-8pm, after passport control. It's free.
You can skip the entrance queues altogether by pre-purchasing tickets online. Then you just join the "Fast Lane" at the entrance (it's not very well signposted).
Consider using one of the high-quality audio tours on offer (3.50 euros to 5 euros).
Queues to get in are very long at peak times - mid to late mornings are usually worst. Shortest queues are normally first thing - doors open at 9am - or after 4pm. The exhibition area can only handle 600 people at a time, so often visitors have to be let out before more are admitted. I amsterdam Card holders, by the way, have to queue with everyone else.
The present entrance is at the eastern side of the building, at the junction of Hobbemastraat and Jan Luijkenstraat.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers