Tip: Speedy museum entry in Amsterdam. Jump all museum queues legally. Be the first one to get in.

No more wasting valuable visiting time.

Avoid waiting lines for museum entrance and ticket buying Amsterdam. Let me take you in like a VIP, quickly, via the fast lane.

Hundreds of happy clients.



Rijksmuseum, just after re-opening, May 10 2013 at 3 AM. The present day situation is less dramatic.

Come visit the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Holland and enjoy its outstanding 17th century Dutch master paintings, its Delftware and exquisite doll’s houses with leading Vermeer specialist and art expert Drs Kees Kaldenbach.  Arriving at at 8.59 am with his VIP pass, you are first in front of the museum’s four Vermeer paintings. Kaldenbach believes in a question and answer approach in the time-honored style of Socrates, allowing the client to discover the painting step-by-step. After, move on to the Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour; standing directly before superb Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum. See his brush strokes and imagine yourself standing just in back of the great master. His late style shows wild, expressive brushwork and ability to penetrate the human soul.
In the room with early Rembrandts, discover how the painter reached mastery within just a few years after turning 20. In the afternoon, after lunch - or another day - see the Rembrandt House Museum and explore where Rembrandt’s masterpieces were painted. There are tables full of paint pigments and canvases of different kinds. You can see how he splurged on art objects as props.
A day trip is also possible to the Royal Collection Mauritshuis, in The Hague, preferably arriving there at opening time (10 am) to be able to admire the museum’s three superb Vermeers and all Rembrandts.


Assistance and in-depth tours of Museums in Amsterdam: art, history, culture, architecture, local traditions. Escorted Academic museum tour by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach*

How to avoid queus rijksmuseum. Would you like to avoid queuing to get into museums? I am offering a quick fix. When in Amsterdam I can assist you with expert help to jump the queues.

Hassle free speedy entrance to museums. For groups of up to 8 or 10 persons.

Fast entrance to the New Rijksmuseum (State Museum of Art, Amsterdam).

Currently there is a double Rijksmuseum queue problem: the long wait in line ABOVE the ground floor up to half an hour or more, lasting at most hours of the day - and then the queue down in the atrium of the ticket - that can be an additional 15-20 minutes.

Solutions: Plan A. My best advice

is to make an appointment and join me at 08:50 in the morning, an appointment then the Hall of Fame for ourselves at 09:00 and I can show you around. Then I give an excellent tour of at least one hour.

If plan A is not possible, then B will work: let me make a special reservation for a specific date and time it. I have access to that program. Then we will bypass lines with a royal smile smile. Optimal you order this one day in advance or several days or weeks in advance. Then I give a tour of at least one hour. For groups from 2-5 persons, exceptionally also groups larger than 6 people.


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Hot Vermeer news we will discuss: vanityfair.com, article about Tim Jenison


Fast entrance to the Vincent van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.


TREMENDOUSLY long waiting line at the sidewalk. Even when you have a timed ticket for a specific date and time, the guards outside will be VERY strict and will not let you in if you show up ahead of time or if you show up too late. To make your life easy I know the way to get in at a moment's notice. For groups of up to 8 or 10 persons. Van Gogh Museum

Fast entrance to the refurbished Stedelijk Museum

This famous museum of Modern Art now has less daunting waiting lines now that the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh have been refurbished and reopened. To make your life easy I know the way to get in at a moment's notice. For groups of up to 8 or 10 persons. Amsterdam Stedelijk (municipal) Museum of Modern art, just reopened. I can take you in and guide you through this great collection for at least 1 hour.

Fast track entrance to Hermitage Museum (at Amstel River)

This museum with temporary Russian collections of Art has impressive waiting lines at times of popular temporary exhibitions. In the open air court there may be rows of hundreds of people. To make your life easy I know the legal way to get in at a moment's notice. For groups of up to 8 or 10 persons. I can take you in and guide you through this great collection for at least 1 hour.

Fast entrance to Rembrandthuis

Usually this museum has little problems in terms of waiting lines. I can give tours to small groups, with low voice.. For small groups of up to 4-5 persons. I can take you in and guide you through this great collection for at least 1 hour.

Fast entrance to Maritime Museum (at the Harbour)

Few problems here. To make your life easy I van guide you tghrough the key collections. For groups of up to 8 or 10 persons. Amsterdam Maritime Museum . I can take you in and guide you through this great collection for at least 1 hour.

Fast entrance to other Museums (Amsterdam and elsewhere)

To make your life easier I know the way to get in at a moment's notice. For groups of up to 8 or 10 persons. I can take you in and guide you through this great collection for at least 1 hour.

July 2013: Ricardo N and his wife Francis S. live in New York City and are full-time NYC art aficianados, travelling the world and visiting most of the fine art centers in Europe.

In June-July 2013 they toured for three full days with Drs Kees Kaldenbach.

Ricardo: "I would rate you as terrific. It is a great treat being with you - You saved my life in showing me the Mauritshuis collection - I thought it was completely closed!"

Francis N.: "Kees is outstanding... he has a very rare gift among any the great number of professional tour guide we met in our lifetime... in presenting a deep and very specific art history knowledge, and in combining this with passion and and easy going presentation.
My husband and I have spent our lives in the art world of NYC and the West Coast. We have rarely met such a wonderful guide. Kees is an outstanding fountain of visual knowledge and historic insight. He truly is top class within the field of Western art history!"

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Rijksmuseum, May 10 at 9 AM.

In gruener Anzug: Drs Kees Kaldenbach.

Foto: Yuichi Nara

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Oh yes, inside the Rijksmuseum, my name is printed on the wall. Proud man.

English version

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie.

German version / Deutsche Fassung



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"Just wanted to thank you once again on behalf of our group for a great tour. Everyone enjoyed it." Scott Zies, Canada, 2011.

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Spotting the Rich & Famous inhabitants in the Golden Age.



Amsterdam, North Holland. Above is the Aerial photo shows Amsterdam, North Holland. To the left you see the square grid of the Jordaan district, built in the early 17th century for artisans and the poorer souls. Next to it you see the four grand, major tree-lined curving canals: counting from the outside to the inside they are named Prinsen (Princes) gracht, Keizers (Emperors) gracht, then the most important one, the Heren (Gentleman's) gracht and finally the Singel. Thus the order is PKHS, Please Kiss Her Softly.



As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you in Amsterdam for a personalized guided tour of art museums and the historic center. Great Amsterdam tours!

Together we will experience the beauty and history. Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch a number of bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues.

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Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited).

See Amsterdam in 1842 (Map with dots indicating where the high and mighty lived in Amsterdam, in the seventeenth century)

You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organisation office will take care of a unique and memorable experience.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours" *.

*Martha Gellhorn, Travels with Myself and another, p. 182.


Drs. Kaldenbach is chairman of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides of the Netherlands and Flanders (CATON)

Member of the Golden Keys, Amsterdam Chapter.

Please contact me for time and fees of the tailor-made tour you ar interested in.

These tailor made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date. Minimum group size: 1 person. Maximum group size is limited to about 10 persons. With a megaphone I can also manage larger groups on the streets.


Yes I can get you into this architectural gem, the Amrath Hotel as well. Normally closed to visitors.

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Photo by Dick Martin.

Visit a large architectural cultural site on Amsterdam at Startamsterdam.com

Old maps on http://watwaswaar.nl



The Rijksmuseum has done me the honor of linking the main Rijksmuseum site to my website. Start at www.rijksmuseum.nl and select Collection. Then choose 'Digital Collaboration' and the 'Digital Vermeer House'.

I conduct Rembrandt walks in Amsterdam for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, London and New York City offices. Their clients include important journalists.

The travel site www.luxurytraveler.com has devoted a main feature to my tours and walks.

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About Drs. Kees Kaldenbach:

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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, NTV Japan, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Delft artists by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft, on Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours".

Further information is available on his encyclopedic web site: www.johannesvermeer.info


Contact information:

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach , kalden@xs4all.nl

Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs

1058 JS Amsterdam

The Netherlands

telephone 020 - 669 8119 (from abroad NL +20 - 669 8119)

cell phone 06 - 2868 9775 (from abroad NL +6 - 2868 9775)

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Member of the VVV Tourist information and the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).


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This page forms part of the 2000+ item Vermeer web site at www.xs4all.nl/~kalden

Last update May 10, 2013. Updated June 9, 2016.