The Rijksmuseum is open to everyone. So naturally we do all we can to make the museum accessible for visitors with disabilities. If you have questions or suggestions for us please mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Visitors with a walking aid, mobility scooter or wheelchair
There are two entrances with stairs and one entrance with an elevator. If you stand with your back to the Museumplein, the entrance with the elevator is on the left. Someone from security will come to you to operate the elevator.
The entire museum is accessible for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. We ask visitors to drive slowly with a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair. The security can ask you to slow down if necessary. The lift in the Philips wing is too small for large mobility scooters. You can get to the exhibition spaces through the 19th century. Ask an employee to show you the way. Walking bikes are also allowed. You can borrow a wheelchair, rollator, pushchair, walking cane or foldable museum stool at the information desk.
A floorplan showing the lifts, seating areas throughout the museum and disabled toilets is also available at the information desk.
Visitors who are blind or partially sighted
Guide dogs on a lead are of course allowed into the museum.
We offer a special guided tour for visitors with a visual impairment so you can touch the objects in the museum. There are also family tours. If you want to tour the museum on your own, we have a range of audio tours as well which you can download for free to your smartphone.
Visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing
If you use a hearing aid with Bluetooth, we recommend that you download the free Rijksmuseum app. Here you will find all audio tours. We try to make sure that all information, such as the multimedia tours in the Rijksmuseum app, are enhanced with visual text. During a guided tour you can use a whisper set, where you hear the tour guide amplified. Ask the tour guide about this.
Visitors with sensory sensitivity
The Rijksmuseum can get very busy and crowded, especially the Gallery of Honour. You can keep your visit interesting and calm by choosing a quieter part of the museum. These are marked in green on the floorplan. Or plan your visit outside high season and before 10 in the morning or 3.30 in the afternoon. If you do feel overloaded, then go to the quiet room.
You can download a document to help you prepare your visit and a Fast Lane declaration so that you don’t have to wait in the queue at the entrance.
Another option is to plan your visit on one of the Saturday evenings that the museum is open specially for visitors with sensory sensitivities. And if you prefer to stay home, you can visit the Gallery of Honour online and take your time to see the entire collection.
Visitors with dementia
We organize private tours for visitors with dementia and their loved ones. The participants share stories, memories, associations and ideas and breathe life into the objects in the museum. Each tour has a different theme. For comfort and convenience, all participants are given a light folding stool to take on the tour.
Activities for visitors with mental handicap
For our visitors with mental handicap we offer a special tour with a fun creative task. To book a tour in English, please contact email@example.com
If you cannot move through the museum independently, you can bring a companion. Your companion can enter for free. However, they need a (free) entrance ticket and start time. The start time must be reserved in advance. Indicate ‘I already have a ticket/voucher' as the ticket option. The ticket can be picked up at the box office.
Rijksmuseum Accessibility without limits
Would you like to know more about why and how the Rijksmuseum works on accessibility, about the journey we have begun on our way to an accessible Rijksmuseum.
Read more here and download the publication Rijksmuseum without limits.
Lifts on all floors
Assistance dogs allowed
Ahead of the queue
Do you have a disability or an impairment that prevents you from waiting in line at the entrance? By completing the Fast Lane Declaration you can avoid the queue.
There are adapted toilets for disabled users including a low placed sink.
There is a mobile lift, a bed and a sink in the changing room. Ask for the location at the Information Desk. An employee will show you the way.
Backpacks or oversized handbags are not allowed into the museum. Do you need a big bag for medical reasons? If so, we will be happy to give you a label at the information desk. With this security will know that your bag is allowed in.
Access to the museum
The access road to the Rijksmuseum is open to pedestrians and cyclists only.
There are three locations close to the Rijksmuseum with parking for the disabled.