Museum Night Amsterdam (Museumnacht)
Each 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.
Timing: from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. on the first Saturday in November of each year
Venues: 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. When bought in presales starting a month earlier ticket is cheaper and costs € 14, - ; versus € 17, 50 when purchased in the evening of the event. Presale ends 9 days before the event.
You will have to buy the pass at the following ticket offices (because the participating museums are not allowed to sell them!):
AUB Ticket shop, Leidseplein 26,
Tourist information office: VVV, Stationsplein 10
Money exchange points:
GWK Travelex Central Station
GWK Travelex Leidseplein 107-109
GWK Travelex Damrak 86
The evening sale during the Museum Night ends at 10 p.m.
The Museum Night pass gives you one additional admission during the day, to one chosen by you museum. This offer expires December 31st.
Via a special telephone line +31 900-300 12 50 (until 3 days before the event).