- When: First Saturday in November (annually), from about 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (2011 date: November 5)
- Where: At more than 40 museums all over Amsterdam.
- What: One of Amsterdam's most unique annual events, and certainly one of my favorites. On "Museum Night," dozens of Amsterdam museums offer special, themed events and performances during unorthodox hours -- most run between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. Programs include everything from DJs, jazz concerts and dance performances to poetry readings, unusual tours and interactive workshops. Most of the museums also offer food and drinks aligned with their themes on Museumnacht.
- Why: Taking part in Museumnacht isn't only an opportunity for visitors to see Amsterdam museums in ways (and during hours) they've never seen them before, it's also a great way to see many different areas of the city and experience the overall festive feel that comes with locals out celebrating the wide-reaching culture of their own city.
Tickets for Museumnacht:
Museumnacht tickets include entrance to all (about 40) participating museums, free transportation on trams and special Museumnacht boats, as well as one extra visit to a participating museum on a different day, valid until the end of the calendar year.
Museumnacht Crowds and Lines:
When you buy tickets, you'll receive a handy map of all the participating museums. Plan out your journey around the city to make the most of your time. A good idea is to start at the museum farthest from your hotel and work your way back.
More Information on Museumnacht:
Museumnacht Dates for the Next Five Years:
- 2011: November 5
- 2012: November 3
- 2013: November 2
- 2014: November 1
- 2015: November 7