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.

Passion, Religion and power in Dutch and Chinese Outsider Art

Until 5 June 2017

Featuring in excess of 200 extraordinary works by Chinese and Dutch outsider artists, the exhibition offers visitors the unique opportunity to compare and admire Outsider Art produced in both countries. The exhibition runs from 24 November 2016 to 5 June 2017 at the Outsider Art Museum (OAM), located in the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Passion, religion and power, but also the body, nature, dreams and nightmares: the exhibition is divided into a wide range of themes allowing you to make striking comparisons. Such as between the work of Chinese artist Yang Min and that of Dutch artist Jannemiek Tukker. Both artists depict an extraordinary spiritual world. Their ‘moving’, meticulously drawn parallel lines summon forth an abstract reality. Their imaginary worlds dominate the entire surface of their papers.

Romanovs & Revolution

4 February to 17 September 2017

A unique exhibition entitled 1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy will open at the Hermitage Amsterdam in February 2017, exactly a century after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. This will be the only showing of the exhibition in Western Europe. It will include over 250 items from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow, and the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg. Using films, photographs, paintings, objets d’art and historical documents, the show will tell the gripping story of fashionable St Petersburg and the art that flourished there in the early twentieth century, of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, and of the explosive political and social circumstances of their reign. Visitors will see and hear how choices and decisions made by the tsar made revolution inevitable and spelled the inescapable end of the 300-year Romanov monarchy in Russia. They will also gain moving intimate insights into the final years of the imperial family, ending in their murder. 1917: the ultimate turning point in the history of Russia. The last tsar and the revolution, on exclusive show in Amsterdam a century after the event.

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.

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


Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s best-known historical figures. Anne and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis for more than two years in a house on the Prinsengracht. Anne was eventually deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, where she later died at the young age of 15. Today, Anne’s spirit lives on through her diary and the huge numbers of visitors who come to Amsterdam every year to learn more about her short life.

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 until 10.00 PM (from November until March closing time is 7.00 PM and 09.00 PM on Saturdays).

From 9 AM to 3:30 PM the museum is only open to visitors with an online ticket for a particular timeslot. From 3:30 PM until closing time you can visit the Anne Frank House without an online ticket and buy a ticket at the museum entrance.

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The Rijksmuseum


The Rijksmuseum is the iconic museum of the Netherlands. After ten years of rebuilding, refurbishing and renovating, the Rijksmuseum once again opened its doors to the public in full splendour on 13 April 2013. Both the building and the presentation of the collection underwent a total transformation. This revamping resulted in surprising furnishings, beautiful exhibitions, dazzling events and numerous facilities for young and old.

The Rijksmuseum’s world-famous collection is being presented in an entirely new way. Visitors go on a journey through the ages and experience a sense of beauty and of time. In 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian.

Music at Home

Until June 18 2017

This small exhibition displays a selection of musical highlights from instrument collections of the Rijksmuseum and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (municipal museum in The Hague), the two most important collections of their kind in the Netherlands. In the area around the showcase in which the instruments are displayed, visitors will hear recordings of pieces performed by Early Music students from the conservatories in Amsterdam and The Hague.

For centuries, playing a musical instrument was a favourite way of entertaining family and friends, or just for personal pleasure. Music at home was more intimate than music played in public venues such as churches, opera houses and theatres. The repertoire consisted of music for soloists or for a singer with accompaniment, as well as music for small ensembles such as duets, trio sonatas and string quartets. The exhibition displays several examples of these, in small ensembles.

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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)—provides 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 reaffirms and strengthens its place among leading international art institutions, showcases Amsterdam as a center of artistic experimentation and brings 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.”

Jordan Wolfson: manic / love / truth / love

Until 23 April 2017

The Stedelijk Museum presents Jordan Wolfson (New York, 1980), one of the most outspoken representatives of a new generation of artists who explore the increasing digitalization of society and other technological developments.

The solo show is conceived as a diptych and will occupy the upper galleries of the Stedelijk. Part one is on view from November 27 to January 29, and the second chapter opens on February 18, 2017. Both presentations revolve around Wolfson’s spectacular animatronic creations: robotic human figures, seductive yet repulsive, which interact with the viewer using motion sensor technology. The exhibition also includes video works and digital paintings.

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A historic park filled with blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs.

Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! There are more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. An unique and unforgettable experience!

Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers you can enjoy the spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique artwork and wonderful events.

The Keukenhof theme for 2017 is "Dutch Design".

Dutch Design is characterized by Dutch sobriety combined with innovative solutions.

Famous artists and designers such as Mondriaan and Rietveld, have laid the foundations for Dutch design. Even today, Dutch designers are appreciated worldwide for their industry-leading designs in fashion, graphic design, architecture and furniture design. They are the source of inspiration for the theme of the next Keukenhof season.

Dutch design is incorporated in the flower bulb mosaic, one of the highlights of the theme year. In addition, the flower shows in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion are entirely in the style of Dutch Design. Two of the inspirational gardens are also dedicated to the theme: the Mondriaan Garden with its primary square color patches will be a great attraction to the international public.

Flower Parade

The Flower Parade is an absolutely unique experience!

At 9.30am on Saturday April 22 the Flower Parade will depart from the Wilhelminaboulevard in Noordwijk on its way to Haarlem. The parade will pass by Keukenhof just as it did last year.

Apart from the Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek being the only event of this calibre that occurs in the springtime, it is the only parade that is constructed and composed of bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils. It is for this reason that this Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is known as the face of spring, as no other parade can come close to the unique spring colours and perfumes that surround this one.The procession consists of about twenty floats and over forty luxurious and special vehicles richly decorated with flowers. For an extra festive character the procession will be accompanied by several bands. There is plenty of room along the whole route for thousands of visitors.

Visitors of the park will be given the opportunity to leave the park to watch the Flower Parade and re-enter afterwards to proceed their visit to Keukenhof.

History

Where Keukenhof is situated now, was a hunting area in the 15th century. Herbs for the kitchen of the castle of Jacoba van Beieren were also collected here; hence the name Keukenhof.

The current park was a section of the sizeable estate of Slot Teylingen, with beautiful untamed bushes and dunes. After the decease of Jacoba van Beieren Keukenhof fell into the hands of rich merchant families. Baron and baroness Van Pallandt invited landscape architects J.D. and L.P. Zocher, designers of the Amsterdam Vondelpark, to make a design for the garden around the castle. This design, in the English landscape style, has always been the basis of Keukenhof.

At the moment the estate belongs to a Corporation. On the initiative of the Lisse mayor of that time and a number of leading flower bulb growers and exporters, an open air flower exhibition was organised here for the first time in 1949. This expanded to an annually recurring event that has always drawn great numbers of visitors from all over the world. This is how Keukenhof became the park that we now know.

KEUKENHOF IS OPEN FROM 23 MARCH 2017

Opening times: 23 March to 21 May 2017
Daily from 08:00 – 19:30. 
(Ticket office is open till 18:00).

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

Masterpiece 2017

18 February 2017 t/m 9 April 2017

n 2011, De Nieuwe Kerk initiated a new tradition of displaying a religious Masterpiece from a museum or private collection every autumn, starting with The Holy Family by Rembrandt (1645) and The Last Supper by Andy Warhol (1986) in 2012. The featured choice may be related to any world religion. In each case, it will be an important work that calls for contemplation and introspection, that dazzles from the sanctuary, and that invites people to make a ‘pilgrimage’, as it were, to come and see it.

Thanks to a generous loan by Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Masterpiece 2017 in De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam will feature El Greco’s Pentecostés (Pentecost). From 18 February to 9 April 2017 the painting will be on exhibit in the sixth edition of Masterpiece. The series features works of art so extraordinary that they are almost never loaned out, because of their fragility or their status as beloved favourites. Many of the works featured in the series have an obvious or unexpected religious or spiritual dimension. Each one is a work that calls for contemplation and introspection and dazzles visitors in the breath-taking surroundings of De Nieuwe Kerk’s gothic interior.

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.