Museum Night Amsterdam (Museumnacht)

Robo dock festivalEach year in November, when Amsterdam nights become colder, on one Saturday night, all museums in town as well as some other cultural institutions, turn into the one big festivity scene. It all starts at 7 p.m. ends at 2 p.m. There is a lot of entertainment at all the participating institutions – music, dancing, singing, and eating. Each museum tries to invent new attractions. When the Museum Night ends, so called after parties follow at clubs and hotels as Club 11, Bitterzoet, Hotel Arena, Melkweg, Odeon, W139, Sugar Factory.

Museumnacht exists for almost ten years now. The event is addressed mainly to the Dutch public, but even without Dutch friends to go with; you should meet a lot of new people and have fun. Usually one special concert opens the whole night – for example in 2007, it has been held at the newly opened Stadsarchief.

Be sure first to have a look at the Museum Night program (there is an English version) – you will have to select from many parallel events. If you intend to participate in the events beyond the Museumplein area, a bicycle might be indispensable. Plan your route hours earlier; leave some room for transfers and the unexpected.


From 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. on the first Saturday in November of each year


42 museums in Amsterdam. Practically all museums participate.


A pass gives you an access to all participating museums and to the parties organized to celebrate the Museum Night. Ticket costs €18,50. 

You will have to buy the pass at the following website since the participating museums are not allowed to sell them:

Event Homepage