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.

The Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age

Until the end of 2016

Thirty enormous 17th century group portraits from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum have been brought together for the first time and will be on display in the Hermitage Amsterdam. These "brothers and sisters" of the Night Watch are unique in the world and rarely seen due to their size. They show us regents, archers and merchants from all different classes, backgrounds and religions, standing shoulder to shoulder like brothers.

Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine, a Story of Friendship, War and Art from the Hermitage

28 March – 8 November 2015

In 2015, as the Battle of Waterloo is commemorated throughout Europe, the Hermitage Amsterdam will turn the clock back to the decisive years that preceded Waterloo, the days of Napoleon Bonaparte and two exceptional and very different contemporaries: Tsar Alexander I, his friend and enemy, and Joséphine, the love of his life.

More than two hundred magnificent paintings, sculptures, personal possessions, gowns and uniforms, objets d’art and impressive weapons will tell the story of two mighty rulers and a woman with great personality. The central themes are friendship, war and politics, as well as Joséphine’s great art collection, which included Dutch and Italian masters such as Potter, Van der Werff, Luini and Canova. The two men come even physically close, in Napoleon’s death mask and in a medallion with a lock of Alexander’s hair. A significant part of Joséphine’s collection eventually came into the possession of the Hermitage, and many of the highlights will be on display in the Netherlands for the first time.

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.

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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.

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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

New for Now

June 12 2015 to September 27 2015 Philips Wing

From 12 June, the Rijksmuseum presents a major retrospective of its rich collection of costume and fashion prints for the first time. The change in women's and men's fashion from the year 1600 up to and including the first half of the 20th century, and the development of the fashion magazine into the fashion glossies we know today, can be seen in more than 300 prints. The exhibition was designed by designer Christian Borstlap, in collaboration with fashion illustrators Piet Paris and Quentin Jones.

New for Now shows prints by fashion designer Paul Poiret, among others. His ‘Fashion is Art’ statement marked the beginning of a new era. He presented his designs in two artfully designed series of works in bright opaque colours, which served as an inspiration for a number of artistically high-quality fashion magazines.

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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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Holland Festival

30 May - 23 July

A leading international performance arts festival in the Netherlands, the Holland Festival will return to Amsterdam from 30 May to 23 June 2015. Since 1947, the festival has been providing Dutch and international theatergoers with a survey of the latest, best and most widely-acclaimed performance pieces from around the world.

The Holland Festival offers a heady mix of theatre, music, dance, opera, film and visual arts, as well as Western and non-Western performance pieces in a variety of languages. Its programming consistently emphasises disciplinary crossovers and always includes works of the highest artistic standards. The festival has particularly been a frontrunner in supporting modern and non-classical contemporary music and new forms in musical theatre.

Look out for Liam Gillick's free open-air exhibition on Museumplein throughout the festival; 'Lulu', a large-scale opera production at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet (1-28 June); the virtual reality of Hatsune Miku in 'The End' (4 & 5 June); 'As Big the Sky' at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (11-14 June); and the ballet 'Cool Britannia' (17-27 June).

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


World Press Photo 15 world tour starts at De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam on 18 April

18 April - 5 July

World Press Photo 15 opens at De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam on Saturday 18 April 2015, the first stop on the worldwide tour of the international press photography contest. The exhibition features awe-inspiring press photos by 41 prize winners from 17 countries in eight categories: General News, Daily Life, Spot News, Contemporary Issues, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits and Sports. The World Press Photo of the Year is a picture by Mads Nissen of Denmark. First, second and third prizes for both single shots and photo series are awarded in each category. The special display system developed in 2014, when the World Press Photo exhibition returned to De Nieuwe Kerk for the first time in 15 years, will be used again this year. The photos appear to be floating in space in the interior of the large Gothic church on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

The winning entries in the Multimedia Contest will be presented on large panels and screens in the middle of the exhibition in the sanctuary. The winners will be announced in mid-March. The Multimedia Contest was established in 2011 in recognition of journalism’s increasing use of moving images and the internet.

Beurs van Berlage

Endless Stories

The Beurs van Berlage was opened 110 years ago by Queen Wilhelmina, then just 23 years old, at a ceremony attended by hundreds of Dutch and foreign dignitaries. Since then, millions of people have walked through its doors.

The Beurs van Berlage is one of the Netherlands’s most important and famous national listed buildings. As well as enormously important architecturally, the building also has a remarkable history and harbours a wealth of hidden treasures.

Experience the crowning achievement of H.P. Berlage’s (1856-1934) architectural career for yourself at the Beurs van Berlage. In association with Artifex, the Beurs van Berlage offers visitors a unique chance to join an introductory tour of the building. A guide will take you around the stunning interior, today regarded as ushering in the era of Dutch modern architecture. Visit the exchange halls and learn all about the rich history and impressive architecture that makes the Beurs so distinctive. You can also climb to the top of the Beurs van Berlage’s bell tower and enjoy the expansive views over Amsterdam.

The guided tour starts with a hot cup of coffee, followed by an hour-long walk through the wonderful Beurs van Berlage. Afterwards there is an opportunity to ascend the bell tower with its fantastic view over the city. The all-inclusive price is € 14.50.