Let me clarify a little - we have Vermeer tickets with an entry time of 17:15. So, the permanent collection will be closed at the time of our Vermeer visit. If you have a Vermeer ticket with an entry time while the main collection is open, you can continue on to view the rest of the collection. The Rijksmuseum website (and the handy video about visiting the Vermeer exhibit) IMPLY that you're SOL on the main collection if you have an evening Vermeer entry, but don't explicitly say one way or the other whether or not you can visit the main collection first if you have an evening entry. I'm just trying to get some clarification on that point. If we have to buy another set of tickets earlier in the day to see the main collection, we will. I'd just hate to pay more than is actually necessary.
So, that's the first question (well, second on the original post, but you get the idea)
The other question is, independent of whether or not you go to the Vermeer exhibit, can you leave & re-enter the museum. So, for example, if you visited in the morning and wanted to leave to get lunch, could you come back in?
I'm traveling with my mother, and we're absolute museum junkies. We're going to be in Amsterdam for 3 full days, and are planning to visit the Verszetsmuseum the first day, Van Gogh the second, and Rijksmuseum the third. When we went to Rome in 2021, we spent 5+ hours at the Vatican Museums, and might have stayed longer if they weren't closing (and if I wasn't fuming about the poor curation and preservation efforts). We like to do "long weekend" trips to Europe, either Th-M or F-M, and go really hard while we're there