Amsterdam Light Festival

Putting the beautiful city centre and its canals in the limelight, the Amsterdam Light Festival features the evening walking route Illuminade, spectacular light installations and the enchanting canal parade – all based on the theme ‘Building with Light’. The Water Colours boat tour gives visitors a duck's-eye view of artwork exhibited along the canals and the Amstel. Tour operators can contact Carlijne Woudstra for specific information: [email protected].

Read more about the Amsterdam Light Festival.

Amsterdam Exchange opens to the public

The Amsterdam Exchange Experience takes you on an exciting interactive journey from the beginnings of Dutch East India Company VOC right through too today's modern electronic trading floor. Learn more about the role of an exchange, its importance to the economy and how trading takes place. Meet listed companies and hear their success stories. Learn more about investment profiles or the hidden talents you may have as a floor trader. Fromm 11 November 2013, you can experience the famous trading floor and the historical sites of the exchange building.

For more information, visit: http://www.aex.nl/amsterdam-exchange-experience/en.

New Theater Amsterdam to house play ANNE

In October 2013, the deputy Mayor of Amsterdam and Alderman of Economic and Cultural Affairs, Carolien Gehrels, officially unveiled the name and location of the theatre which is being constructed for a new and innovative production called ANNE, based on the original diary of Anne Frank. Initiated by The Anne Frank Fonds Basel, the world premiere of ANNE will be in April 2014, parallel to the opening of the new venue: Theater Amsterdam, currently being built especially for the production in the harbour close to Amsterdam Centre. Imagine Nation will produce the production in collaboration with the Dutch National Theatre.

Learn more about Theater Amsterdam here.

King’s Day

In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city will burst with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year. Amsterdam will celebrate King’s Day (Koningsdag) for the first time in 2014, since the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013. King’s Day will officially be celebrated on 27 April (the king’s birthday). However, because the event is traditionally not celebrated on Sunday,the first King’s Day will be held on Saturday, 26 April 2014.

Read more here about the upcoming King's Day celebration.

City of culture

With the spectacular reopening of both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in 2013, all the major museums in Amsterdam are now open to the public once again! The cultural offering is bigger than ever. Discover modern art at the Stedelijk Museum, sea stories old and new at the National Maritime Museum, the fabulous architecture of the EYE Film Museum and much more.

Welcome to the new Rijksmuseum

Following a decade of unprecedented renovation, the opening of the Rijksmuseum was probably the most remarkable event of 2013. For the very first time, visitors can now follow a chronological journey through the museum’s extraordinary collection. "We present Old Masters in a new and exciting way, and everything that visitors see and experience will be totally new," says Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes.

In a sequence of 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history. Only Rembrandt’s masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ – most treasured of all the Rijksmuseum’s riches – is returning to the hall purpose-built for it in 1906; something that Pijbes couldn’t be happier about: "It was and is one of the icons of the Rijksmuseum, larger than life, world-famous. The entire Rijksmuseum was built around this painting and it returns to the room where it belongs."

Read more about the Rijksmuseum.

Dutch Resistance Museum Junior

The Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum) details the history of the Dutch Resistance in World War II during the country’s occupation by Germany from May 1940 to May 1945. Always popular with Dutch families and educational school trips, as of October 2013 the museum has a new Junior building, showing young visitors (ages 9-14) how four peers lived during wartime.

Read more about the Verzetsmuseum, and about the plenty of activities for kids on offer in Amsterdam.

Stedelijk Museum

In 2012, the Stedelijk Museum, dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design, reopened following extensive renovations. The museum’s permanent collection is on display in the beautifully restored historical building, with fixed spots for highlights like the paintings by Malevich, the installation The Beanery by Edward Kienholz and works by Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol. Half of the ground floor is reserved for the best pieces from the design collection to demonstrate the Stedelijk’s importance in the design realm. The new addition by Benthem Crouwel Architects offers plenty of space for exhibitions. In 2014, highlights include presentations about South African painter Marlene Dumas and Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.

Read on for more information on the Stedelijk Museum.

Amsterdam Museum

The Amsterdam Museum offers an expansive collection of exhibitions and items that retell the compelling story of the Dutch capital, from its earliest developments through the surge of growth in the Golden Age right up to the present day. Housed in a former orphanage just a few minutes from Dam square, the museum’s rich collection of art, household objects and archaeological discoveries gives a detailed impression of the fortunes of Amsterdammers today and in days gone by. In less than an hour, the Amsterdam DNA presentation offers a fascinating and concise overview of the history of Amsterdam through interactive images, sound, movement and specially chosen objects. In 2014, the museum presents the exhibition Van Oostsanen, the Unknown Dutch Master

Learn more here about visiting the Amsterdam Museum.

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum)

The 17th-century building that houses The National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) holds one of the world’s biggest collections of nautical art and artefacts. Visitors can experience the seastories of yesteryear and today with special exhibits on whaling, the Port of Amsterdam, the Golden Age and more. The replica of the East Indiaman Amsterdam docked alongside the quay is perhaps the museum’s biggest attraction, literally and figuratively. The exhibition Slave Trade: The Dark Chapter is on show until 31 August 2014.

Learn more about The National Maritime Museum.

EYE Film Museum

Although just opened in 2012, the building of the EYE Film Museum is already one of Amsterdam’s modern icons. Situated on the northern bank of the River IJ, just opposite Central Station, this cinema, film museum, café/restaurant and cutting-edge event venue is a standout location. The free ferry takes you to the other side in just five minutes.

Learn more about the EYE Film Museum.

Amsterdam 2015

In 2015 we celebrate our values. Creative, free-spirited and open-minded. That’s Amsterdam 2015!

Read on for just some of the highlights

Rijksmuseum presents Rembrandt exhibition in 2015

For the first time in over 20 years, the Rijksmuseum will present a Rembrandt exhibition from 12 February to 17 May 2015, giving every generation the chance to renew its acquaintance with theultimate Old Master of the Golden Age. In collaboration with The National Gallery in London, the exhibition Rembrandt: The Final Years presents a comprehensive overview of the Master’s work from around 1652 to his death in 1669. The paintings and drawings come from leading museums and private collections in Europe and the US.

More information: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/.

Sail 2015

Sail is a spectacular nautical event held every five years that will return to Amsterdam from 19 to 23 August 2015. 

More information: http://www.sail.nl/.

MUNCH: VAN GOGH

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Edvard Munch (1863-1945) are known for their emotionally charged paintings and drawings, their personal and innovative style and their lives full of hardship. Despite many striking parallels in their oeuvres and artistic ambitions, the challenge of juxtaposing them in an exhibition has never been met. The Van Gogh Museum and the Munch Museum (Oslo) have joined forces to create a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition from 24 September 2015 to 17 January 2016 in Amsterdam.