Experiencing Amsterdam’s Museums At Night

Since 2002, every first Saturday of November, collective N8 organises the ‘’Museumnacht’’. This year, over 50 museums and cultural institutions opened their doors from 19:00-02:00 o’clock and created a special programme inspired by their permanent collection and/or temporary exhibitions. Next to art, the programme included music, drinks, food, performances, workshops and lots of fun! They strive to reach out to a young, diverse audience and stimulate them to visit museums and cultural institutions more often, while motivating young creatives by giving them a stage.  


By Carlijn van Ingen 


Overall experience
Museumnacht is  the perfect place to connect with other young creatives and get inspired, while having lots of fun. Next to perceiving artworks, museums invited you to get creative yourself through the use of different workshops linked to their current exhibitions. Every museum had a party going on where you could enjoy music, get yourself a drink and meet new and interesting people.
Since the participating museums are spread around Amsterdam and the event is crowded, I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to see. My advice would be to plan your route beforehand and otherwise use your free repeat visit to see the exhibition you missed.


museumnacht campagneCampaign images of museum night 2018 shot by Elza Jo Reenen. From left to right expressing the individual experience of museums, the group feeling of museum night and the connections you make during it.


This year, the young, Dutch clothing brand TNO (standing for The New Originals), took over part of the Stedelijk Museum. Their programme consisted of a collection presentation with visuals from Youp Wehnes, an event with live music, various DJ’s and an interactive art experience.


Next to their own programme at the Stedelijk Museum, TNO also made the designs for the official merchandise of the Museumnacht 2018. They invited three young artists to make the designs, which are inspired by the participating museums. The end result consists of three T-shirt designs that showcase the exotic plants of the Hortus, the architecture of Museum Het Schip and the materials and textures of Tassenmuseum Hendrikje. The designs can be bought in TNO’s store at Zeedijk 60 in Amsterdam, or online



Other interesting events:

  • NEMO Science Center offers multiple interactive exhibits that are fun to explore
  • Participate in the canal boat tour that is hosted by Museum Het Grachtenhuis
  • Explore the magical gardens of Hortus and get warm and cosy in their greenhouses
  • Silent disco at Rijksmuseum

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Party at the Rembrandt Museum during museum night.

If this article caught your interest and you would like to visit the Museumnacht next year, you can buy your tickets at from October 2019. Tickets cost €19,95 and give you access to all the participating museums, a discount to some particular after parties and a free repeat visit to one of the museums that participated in the event. Be aware that you can only purchase the tickets through Ideal, so you might need help from a Dutch friend if you don’t have a local bank account. A different option is buying second hand tickets on websites such as Ticket Swap. A Museumkaart or iAmsterdam card is not valid for this event. The tickets tend to sell out fast, so be on time! Next year Museumnacht will be extra special, since they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary.




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