Museum Night Amsterdam 2017
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Museum Night Amsterdam 2017

Amsterdam’s Museum Night is sold out year after year: it has turned into an enormous, but still really fun and cosy city-wide event. More than 50 museums across town open their doors for you in the evening and night, and special things are being organised at each one of them. Think music, art, film, dance – and cocktails!

Museum Night is meant in particular to attract new (especially younger) audiences to the city’s museums. But more importantly, it’s become a pretty brilliant party that stretches all across town, allowing you to zigzag from one museum to the other, stumbling upon both crazy, spectacular and beautiful events as well as interesting, relevant discussions along the way.

As exciting as it is to use this opportunity to finally visit the more well-known entries on your longtime wish list – the Anne Frank House, EYE Film Museum, FOAM, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk, the Rijksmuseum – I personally prefer to dive into the lesser-known (and less hectic) ones, like Museum Het Grachtenhuis (all about the city’s canals) or Tassenmuseum Hendrikje (all about the history of bags). Regardless of your itinerary, make sure to end the night at the Stadsarchief (city archive) on the Vijzelstraat for the best party.

Must-visits during Museum Night

This year, Museum Night will take place on November 4th from 7pm – 2am. Entry for the night is €19,95, and will even enable you to come back to one of the museums at some later point in (day)time!

The night is filled to the brim with lectures, workshops and parties. There’s tropical music at Hortus Botanicus (the botanical garden) and there are DJ’s stationed on the panorama rooftop of science museum NEMO. Or visit the silent disco at the city’s most famous museum, the Rijksmuseum.

If you’re looking for a calmer evening, make sure to visit the Portuguese synagogue that will be lit up gorgeously by 1001 candles or check out the illuminated courtyard and gardens of the Hollandsche Schouwburg (Holland Theater, around the corner from the synagogue along the Plantage Middellaan).


Or step out of your comfort zone altogether… And compile your bucket list at the Uitvaartmuseum “Tot Zover” (funeral museum “So Long”), “celebrate the vagina” at the Van Gogh Museum, or learn to paint an (almost-)nude.

There’s plenty to eat and drink as well: vegan snacks and exploding cocktails at Mediamatic; learn how to make your own matze at the Jewish Historical Museum; or feast on Turkish cuisine at the ISN Fatih Mosque.

Check out the Museum Night’s full program here!
(Mostly in Dutch.)