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Eye Filmmuseum

The striking architecture of the Eye Filmmuseum made it quickly become 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 location is a must-see. Eye Filmmuseum is free to visit with the I amsterdam City Card, but for some of the exhibitions there is an additional surcharge.

Museum of film and the art of the moving image

In the beautiful exhibition space of Eye you can see internationally leading exhibitions.


Eye has four comfortable cinemas where visitors can enjoy the latest art house films and the finest restored classics. There are retrospectives, lectures, Q & As, performances with live music and festivals to visit.

To see and experience

On the ground floor is the permanent Eye presentation with film devices that mark important moments in the history of cinema. Some of the highlights are the Mitchell - a 35mm camera with which many major Hollywood films have been recorded -, a mutoscope showing Chaplin's The Waiter, a magic lantern and the Kinamo, a very compact camera with which film pioneer Joris Ivens filmed the famous documentary De Brug. Together they show the quest of passionate inventors to record moving images.

The presentation also takes you along the 360 ° - a space in which you are surrounded by film fragments from the collection, the Pods -mini-cinemas with three-seater sofa- and along interactive installations such as the Flipbook and the Green Screen, where you can see a so-called 'thumb cinema'. making and figures in a film scene.

More interactive replicas of film devices can be found throughout Eye. By turning and watching yourself, it becomes clear which techniques and optical tricks make the magic of film possible.

There are listening couches in Eye: dive into the world of some famous film classics while enjoying the cinematic view. One floor higher, changing set photos from films such as Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999) and Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) can be seen on seven monitors.

A visit to the Eye Filmmuseum is fun for all ages.

Opening hours

Museum building is open from 9:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Exhibitions can be visited from 10:00 - 19:00

Film screenings are from 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM / 10:00 PM

I amsterdam City Card

It is not necessary to reserve a time slot to visit this location with your City Card. Make sure your City Card is valid at the time of your visit. Eye Filmmuseum can be visited free of charge with the I amsterdam City Card. For some exhibitions, the museum charges a surcharge with an I amsterdam City Card.

For more information and to buy a ticket or reservation for the restaurant, check the website of the Eye Filmmuseum .


See how Eye Filmmuseum makes a visit accessible for people with a disability or handicap.

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