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Tour guides for Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum

We're scheduled to visit Amsterdam for a week with 13 & 18 yo girls (the older will be just off art history & French study abroad semesters.)

We really enjoy small family tours of the major museums (have done the Met, Chicago, Louvre, D'Orsay, Academia, British Museum...) where the girls can have conversations & give/take with a guide. I wonder if anyone has recommendations for guides to schedule with? I think the Van Gogh & Rijks would be the two we'd like to try first.

I've emailed the museums, but no responses yet.

Thanks in advance

Posted by
13354 posts

Worth noting, the Rijks states that their family tour "is specially made for families consisting of adults and children from 6 to 12, and is not suited for families consisting of only adults." It probably skews a little young for visitors aged 13 and 18.

Posted by
201 posts

The RIjks Museum has a fantastic app to download and we used it to tour each area and it was very thorough and enjoyable!

Posted by
67 posts

Unfortunately the education services of both museums are not that impressive, especially if you have used the services of museums like the Met, Art Institute or any other major North American museum. I would recommend getting a tour guide from Context Travel, which employs mostly professionally trained art historians.

Posted by
306 posts

When we visited the Rijks, we signed up for a guided tour when we bought the tickets. The guide asked about peoples interests and covered them amazingly well. We took the Highlights tour and learned more in the tour than we did wandering around in the Museum. It was worth the extra we paid (5EU)
You can find this information on their website under 'tickets'

Posted by
7444 posts

Dans, thanks for the tip about the Rijksmuseum app. Going to make sure to download it and will advise my traveling companions as well.

Posted by
897 posts

If you have to pick just one, get the guide for the Rijks. I felt it was harder to appreciate with an uneducated eye whereas the VG is pretty self-explanatory and smaller/easy to navigate.