Every April, many Amsterdam museums participate in the National Museum Week, where they organise more than 2.500 unique tours, special entry fees and workshops.
For a week the whole of Amsterdam will be dedicated to museums, art and heritage. Museum showpieces will be blown to an impressive size in five cities in the Netherlands. It's a celebration of the country's rich culture by offering special entry fees and organising various activities.
Some of the showpieces from the last few years included, for example, the diary of Anne Frank in the Anne Frank House and the widest dress in the country in the Rijksmuseum. During this week, many museums choose to lower or even waive their entry fees, so this is your chance to see some amazing historical pieces without breaking the bank! Many museums also organise activities especially for children.
Our local recommendations
1. NEMO Science Museum
Make your world bigger with NEMO! NEMO Science Museum is the largest science museum in the Netherlands and is for anyone who is curious. Every visitor, young and old, can discover the world of science and technology for themselves. NEMO takes you into the world of those everyday things that are very special. Discover, for example, how bridges work, why you sometimes see things that are not there and how lightning is created by working on the interactive exhibits yourself. Workshops, videos, experiments and demonstrations complete your NEMO day. A crackling sweater or a rainbow: after a visit to NEMO you will look at the world with new eyes.
2. Museum het Schip
Het Schip is the best-known work by Amsterdam School architect Michel de Klerk. It is also the architectural style that is central to the museum. The former post office, part of the Ship, is a wonderful space. Where else does a vaulted, rectangular ceiling hang above an irregular trapezoidal floor? The colour combination purple-blue with lavender-blue is also remarkable. The complex also displays a museum house, furnished according to the fashion of the 1920s. Don't forget to take a look in the garden, full of Amsterdam School street furniture.
3. Eye Film Museum
Eye's spectacular building is an eye-catcher on the IJ. Eye presents four major changing exhibitions per year. On the ground floor is the Panorama: a permanent exhibition with the highlights from the film museum's collection and various interactive installations. Panorama shows film devices that mark important moments in the history of cinema, including a 35mm Mitchell camera, a mutoscope and a magic lantern. Together they show the search of inspired inventors and visionaries for capturing moving images. You get answers to questions such as: how was film made in the past, what did the old cinema devices look like and what technical development did the film undergo?
For more information, click here or ask your concierge during your stay for participating museums near your Yays!
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