EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam is located at Overhoeks, a new development on the northern bank of the IJ opposite central station.
With its sleek modern design, the building is a wonderful new public space for Amsterdam - housing film-themed exhibitions, 4 cinema screens, an auditorium and a cafe-restaurant. It replaces the old film museum which was in Vondelpark.
The building was opened by Queen Beatrix in April 2012 and was designed by Austrian architecture firm Delugan Meissl. The low-rise geometric structure is covered by white aluminium tiles which gives it a striking, stand-out feel on the waterfront. The venue is the headquarters of EYE Film Institute, an umbrella organisation that administers all aspects of film culture in the Netherlands and holds a world renowned collection of films.
Next door to the EYE Film building is the 80m high Overhoeks tower, which was previously a Shell research office. The surrounding area (now named Overhoeks after the tower) is being developed into offices, appartments and a hotel - the work is scheduled to be completed by 2018.
The EYE Film building is freely open to visitors. It houses 4 cinemas (with 620 seats in total) which show mainly classic/art-house/retrospective films. There is a large area on the upper floor for temporary exhibitions - paid entry is required.
There is a restaurant-cafe (open daily until late) with great views of the water and an outdoor terrace. The cafe is surrounded by an auditorium area which can be used for live music.
The basement has a free permanent exhibition called Panorama which displays items marking significant moments in cinema history. The collection has various film making equipment including the legendary 35mm Mitchell camera.
There are special pods where you can sit down on sofas and view film footage on Cinemascope screens; a room surrounded by film fragments and an area with interactive film installations. There are also workrooms and a film lab for educational activities.
A museum shop is found near the front entrance desk. EYE Film also has function rooms available for hire.
The new venue is certainly worthy of a visit whether you are a film or architecture fan or just want to come over for a drink and soak up the buzzing atmosphere.
EYE Film Essential Info
Opening Times: EYE is open daily. Panorama: 1000-2100. Exhibition: 1000-1900, Fri 1000-2100. EYE bar-restaurant: 1000-0100 (Sun-Thu) and 1000-0200 (Fri/Sat).
Admission Prices (2016): Public has free entry into the building and Panorama. Entry to EYE exhibitions costs €9, free for children 0-11, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam card holders. Special exhibitions can attract a small supplement. A cinema ticket costs €10 whilst a combi exhibition+cinema ticket costs €15.
Note that EYE has the unfortunate Dutch policy of not accepting cash payments - only certain debit and credit cards are accepted - so this could be an issue to some international visitors.
Getting There: EYE is located on the north bank of the IJ. From behind Amsterdam Central Station jump on the free ferry (runs 24 hours) to Buiksloterweg just across the water - from there EYE is a short walk away.
Film Institute Netherlands, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam
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