ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam never gets boring

Want to know which special events, parties, exhibitions, and much more are taking place in Amsterdam? On this page you'll find lots of information, courtesy of iamsterdam.com, and several other sources.

Amsterdam Museum


The rich collection of works of art, objects and archaeological finds brings to life the fortunes of Amsterdammers of days gone by and today. From a mediaeval child's shoe and the map of Cornelis Antonisz from 1538, giving a bird's-eye view of the city, to the impressive Civic Guard paintings from the Golden Age. Photos and film material show the happy times as well as the drama of the modern city's inhabitants. You'll witness the poverty in the Jordaan area he 19th century but also the idealism of the sixties and Ajax's success at football.

Amsterdam DNA. As a three-dimensional travel guide, this presentation takes you on a 45-minute historical tour of Amsterdam.

Carefully selected highlights, exhibits and loan items, tell the interesting story of this multifaceted city in seven chapters. In each chapter, one exhibit forms the basis for the story of that period. These stories are told through exciting animations which are projected onto big glass screens in the middle of the gallery. Every visitor is given a travel guide which can activate the animations of each period in one of the ten languages offered, from Italian to Russian and Japanese.

Hermitage Amsterdam


A major European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, welcomes visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. It was founded to bring the richness and grandeur of Russia's artistic heritage to one of the West's most charming capitals. The Hermitage Amsterdam is open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Closed on January 1st, April 30th and December 25th.

Dining with the Tsars. Fragile beauty from the Hermitage

6 September 2014 – 1 March 2015

The Hermitage Amsterdam’s fifth anniversary exhibition Dining with the Tsars. Fragile beauty from the Hermitage opens on 6 September 2014. Eight magnificent porcelain and creamware services from the collection of the Hermitage in St Petersburg will be exhibited in a setting that conveys what the balls and banquets of the Tsar’s court were like. Visitors will imagine they are guests, in possession of a coveted imperial invitation, climbing the steps of the Winter Palace, reviewing the rules of etiquette and preparing for a festive occasion. Finally they enter the main hall where the fine porcelain dinnerware is set out in a festive display.

The Royal Palace


The Palace was built as a town hall of Amsterdam. Architect Jacob van Campen developed an extensive decoration program for the building. Amsterdam celebrated painters like Ferdinand Bol, Govaert Flinck and Jan Lievens contributed. The Flemish sculptor Artus Quellinus made many monumental sculptures. Artworks which are still on display.

In 1808 King Louis Napoleon moved into the building. He changed the town hall in a palace and decorated it with a large collection of Empire furniture. After his departure, Louis Napoleon left almost all expensive furniture behind. The furniture, one of the best preserved and most complete Empire collections in the world, is in full glory to be seen.

The rooms in the Palace are decorated with artworks from the collection of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust. Many paintings show the various members of the family of Orange-Nassau.

For opening times and information about admission prices, please click on the link above.

Van Gogh Museum


During his ten-year artistic career, Van Gogh was highly prolific. A full 864 paintings and almost 1,200 drawings and prints have survived. The largest collection of his work – more than 200 paintings, 437 drawings and 31 prints – can be found in the Van Gogh Museum. Many other drawings and paintings by Van Gogh can be found at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo (The Netherlands) and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The rest of his work is divided among a large number of museums and private collections around the world, including many in the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United States and Japan.

An e-ticket provides fast access to the Van Gogh Museum. Buy tickets

Anne Frank House


The former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary, is now a well-known museum. The museum tells the history of the eight people in hiding and those who helped them during the war. Anne Frank's diary is among the original objects on display. The museum is open daily from 9.00 AM. Buy your entrance tickets to the Anne Frank House online to avoid any queues. Buy tickets

The Rijksmuseum


After ten years of rebuilding, renovation and restoration, the Rijksmuseum has opened its doors on 13 April 2013. Never before has a national museum undergone such a complete transformation of both its building and the presentation of its collection.

A first impression is often the most telling one. You start every journey with a first step and you never forget your first kiss. Each year, the Rijksmuseum creates first impressions for hundreds of thousands of people: they get a first impression of the museum as they stare a real Rembrandt ‘in the eye’ and get a taste of history. But it does not end there. In this day and age, in our quickly-changing society, that is quite an important task. As the museum is renovated, it is, so to speak, also being reinvented. The revamped museum will be completely in step with the 21st century. The Rijksmuseum will continue to dazzle art and history lovers, develop educational programmes and play a role in society. In addition to displaying the collection superbly, the Rijksmuseum will continue to undergo changes. Art and history are not merely a thing of the past and the Rijksmuseum is a modern museum - a museum where unique events take place, non-stop.

Wim Pijbes, General-Director of the Rijksmuseum

Modern Times

November 1 2014 to January 11 2015

Philips Wing

Running until 11 January 2015, 'Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century' is the Rijksmuseum’s first ever photography exhibition to showcase the outstanding collection of 20,000 20th-century works that it has amassed since deciding in 1994 to extend its photographic holdings beyond the 19th century. 

In a display of more than 400 images, the exhibition traces photography’s key developments during the 20th century, including the introduction of colour, the growth of documentary and news photography, and photography as a pure art form. A wide-ranging overview, it also explores photography’s role in fashion and advertising and features some amateur works.

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The Stedelijk Museum


A complete renovation of the Stedelijk’s historic building, designed by A.W. Weissman and dating back to 1895, has converted virtually all of its program spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the world’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design. The dynamic new building—designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects and measuring 10,000 square meters (98,400 square feet)—will provide new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities. The innovative design also re-orients the entire museum to face onto Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), activating a vital public space that is shared by the Stedelijk and its neighbors: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw.

“With this long-awaited opening, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will reaffirm and strengthen its place among leading international art institutions, showcase Amsterdam as a center of artistic experimentation and bring new life to the Museumplein, re-establishing it as a cultural destination,” Ann Goldstein stated. “And with the completion of Mels Crouwel’s bold yet brilliantly functional building, we are effectively adding a major new work to our exceptional collection of Dutch modern design.”

A year at the Stedelijk: Tino Sehgal

January 1 2015 to December 31 2015

Conceived as a consecutive series of twelve presentations, the exhibition features  different work from Sehgal’s oeuvre each month, enacted in a different gallery space.

The survey will build up in intensity, starting in January with a subtle intervention in the heart of the museum’s permanent collection: Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things. In this  work, which is owned by the Stedelijk, a human figure lying on the floor fluidly moves through a number of positions of the human body in reference to works of Bruce Nauman and Dan Graham.

In the months after January, the scale of the works will gradually increase, culminating in the summer in ‘situations’ involving a larger number of participants. As summer turns to fall, the works return to a smaller scale, ending in December.

Divided over 12 successive chapters and unfolding over a one-year period, Sehgal’s twelve-part survey is not only a prelude to a fresh approach to using the building under the new directorship but also an innovative re-envisioning of the exhibition as phenomenon.

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Amsterdam Light Festival


This winter, Amsterdam will light up once again during Amsterdam Light Festival. This is the third edition of the winter light festival for young and old. For more than fifty days, the historical center of Amsterdam will be the unique décor for this international festival.

The city will be complemented by light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary (inter)national artists. The boat route, Water Colors, will take visitors past artworks along Amsterdam’s canals and the Amstel. The walking route, Illuminade, winds through the city center. During the festival, light will play a central role in the city as museums and institutions organize light-related activities, introducing visitors to innovations in light art.

The theme for this year’s festival, ‘A Bright City’, challenges artists to create a tribute to life the city. The resulting artworks present a unique take on the modern city of Amsterdam. The third edition of the festival will take place from 27 November 2014 to 18 January 2015. The boat route, Water Colors, will take place from 27 November 2014 to 18 January 2015, and the walking route, Illuminade, from 11 December 2014 to 4 January 2015.

The National Maritime Museum


The National Maritime Museum shows how our culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history. Attractive object exhibitions show the best of our world famous collection. We have special exhibitions for children, including See you in the Golden Age and The tale of the whale. We even have one for children under the age of 6: Sal & Lori and Circus at Sea. And last but not least: the exciting ride Voyage at Sea (8+) and the famous replica of the East Indiaman Amsterdam is back at the quay. Het Scheepvaartmuseum has been completely renovated, but still exudes history and is a beautifully imposing and impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam.

The National Maritime Museum is housed in 's Lands Zeemagazijn (the Arsenal). This historic building dating from 1656 was designed by Daniel Stalpaert as a storehouse for the Admiralty of Amsterdam. It was built in the Golden Age, when Amsterdam was the largest port and market place in the world. Goods from all over the world could be bought right here. Today, over 350 years later, the Zeemagazijn remains an imposing and impressive building with a great deal of character. It exudes history, making it the perfect location for The National Maritime Museum, which has been housed here since 1973.

De Nieuwe Kerk


Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast The Artists Revealed

25 October 2014 – 15 February 2015

This autumn De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam will present a major international exhibition featuring world-famous African masks and sculptures. With this exhibition of over two hundred enchanting and mysterious art objects from Ivory Coast, De Nieuwe Kerk will be fulfilling a long-held desire to devote attention to the culture of the African continent. The touring exhibition entitled Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast. The Artists Revealed is a collaborative production of multiple international museums and private lenders. It is currently in Zurich and will be coming to Amsterdam in the autumn.

Beurs van Berlage


Artist-IQ - Into the mind of the artist

Januari 17th untill February 1st 2015

From January 17th untill February 1st there will be a unique artevent in the Beurs van Berlage: Artist-IQ. Five ages of art will be brought together. Four leading galleries in the Netherlands will show a selection of original artworks from their range. The event will be framed by gastronomy and music. The visitor can enjoy a very accessible new artexperience that will excite the senses.

In eight different themes, the visitor will be led through several rooms where the theme is leading, framed by the different periods of art. This not only gives an overview of the development and vision in the art world, but there will also arise an exciting encounter between movements, artists and materials. Please find enclosed a format as it is now designed by architect Thomas Bedaux. The visitor who follows the route goes through the different themes and eight different worlds of experience in which they are presented.

PARTICIPANTS
This platform consists four art galleries, each providing a specific and important contribution to this special initiative:

  • Tom Okker Art
  • Douwes Fine Art
  • Kunsthandel Peter Pappot
  • Van Loon Galleries

A strong art platform as a connector and stage for art, artists, people and society.

Tom Okker Art:
Specialist in the field of modern and contemporary art and Cobra. Works include original works by Karel Appel, Corneille and Andy Warhol.

Douwes Fine Art:
Already 500 years active in the art trade and represented in Amsterdam, London and Hong Kong. Working among others with original works of Rembrandt.

Kunsthandel Peter Pappot:
Arttrade Peter Pappot from Amsterdam specializes in paintings of Dutch, Belgian and French painters of the period 1800 to 1950. Works include original works by Matisse, Mesdag and Van Dongen.

Van Loon Galleries:
Art gallery with offices in Vught and Amsterdam and active in modern art. With more than 50 international artists including Rabarama David Begbie and Jeffrey Robb.

 

Dates & Hours

January 17th till February 1st 2015
Sunday to Wednesday: 11AM - 6PM
Thursday to Saturday: 11AM - 9PM