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What's On in Amsterdam May 2015


May is a great time to visit Amsterdam, with pleasant late-spring temperatures and plenty to see and do.

Check out our insider guide to other things going on in and around the city for May 2015...

Museums & Exhibitions

Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum's rich collection (including Rembrandt's Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Late Rembrandt is a major retrospective of Rembrandt van Rijn’s later work from around 1652 until his death in 1669. Runs 12 Feb to 17 May 2015.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – New exhibition Napoleon and Alexander expected to run 28 Mar to 18 Oct 2015. Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age (opened on 29 Nov 2014) brings together for the first time 30 colossal 17th century group portraits from Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum. Runs to the end of 2016.

StedelijkThe Oasis of Matisse – Major survey exhibition of Henri Matisse including paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Runs 27 Mar to 16 Aug 2015.

Van Gogh Museum A new light on Van Gogh is the redesigned presentation of the Van Gogh museum collection (which opened 28 Nov 2014).

Nieuwe Kerk World Press Photo is a photo exhibition showcasing the best in news photography. Runs 18 Apr to 21 June 2015.

Rembrandt House Rembrandt's Late Pupils - Studying under a Genius – coinciding with the Late Rembrandt exhibition at Rijksmuseum, this focuses on Rembrandt's role as a teacher during the latter stages of his life. Runs 12 Feb to 17 May 2015.

Magna Plaza – Permanent exhibition of Rembrandt, all his paintings, lifesize reproductions of all Rembrandt's works on show.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the new permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.

StadsarchiefMagical Central Amsterdam 1965-1975, photo exhibition from Cor Jaring (1936-2013) which chronicles the turbulent sixties in Amsterdam. Runs 13 Mar to 12 July 2015.

FOAMGeert Goiris - Flashbulb Memories, Ash Grey Prophecies, exhibition from the Belgian photographer, runs 20 Mar to 24 May 2015.

Huis Marseille Cor Was Here exhibition of noted Amsterdam photographer Cor Jaring runs 14 Mar to 28 Jun 2015.

Jewish Historical MuseumJews in the Caribbean. Four Centuries of History in Suriname and Curacao runs 30 Jan to 30 June 2015.

Check out our comprehensive Amsterdam museums section


Football - Dutch 14/15 season comes to a close:
Ajax home match at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs Cambur Leeuwarden – 10 May, 1430 (Eredivisie, Dutch League)

Copa Amsterdam – Under-19 international club football tournament at the Olympic Stadium Amsterdam. 23-25 May 2015.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion (former Film Museum).

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

National Remembrance Day – Ceremony commemorating the war dead, held in Dam Square on 4 May. A 2 minute silence is held at 2000.

Liberation Day – Various concerts at stages throughout Amsterdam including Dam Square. 5 May. See our map of Dam Square

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Netherlands Public Holidays May 2015 – 5 May (Liberation Day), 14 May (Ascension Day) and 25 May (Whit Monday).

Fiesta Cubana – Check out DJ Arno's popular Cuban-style salsa night at the Badcuyp Amsterdam, €5 entry, Friday 1 May from 10pm.

Rolling Kitchens 2015 Rollende Keukens food festival where dozens of mobile kitchens offer their dishes at the Westergasfabriek. 13-17 May 2015.

Pacha Festival – Dance music festival event at Java island in Amsterdam on Saturday 16 May 2015.

Dutch National Opera – Performs Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz) at Muziektheater Amsterdam, various shows 9-28 May 2015.

Haxpo 2015 – Tech and security expo (2nd edition) at the Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, 27-29 May 2015.

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held almost daily – now playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

North Sea Jazz Club – Hosts a wide variety of jazz, funk, soul and world music every weekend (Friday & Saturday) at the Westergasfabriek. Dinner concerts include a 3 course meal by the in-house chef.

Other events in Netherlands:

Keukenhof – The world famous tulip and flower park is open during April. The theme for 2015 is 'Van Gogh' - Keukenhof open 20 March to 17 May 2015.

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Free Concerts

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Session event held every Tuesday evening at 2200 in the cafe.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concert usually held every Wednesday at 1230 - note, no concerts scheduled for May 2015.

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free concert on Tuesday 12 May 2015 at 1230.

Muziektheater – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer on Tuesdays at 1230. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime organ concert every Friday at 1300.

North Sea Jazz Club – Free jam sessions are held every Wednesday evening at the neighbouring Pizza Pazzani restaurant (at Westergasfabriek).

Our full guide to Free things to do in Amsterdam

Market events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular Market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs 1100-1800 at Amstel Park (10 May 2015) and Park Frankendael (31 May 2015).

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Sunday Market Sunday market with fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. From 1200 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek on 3 May 2015.

NeighbourFood Market – Sunday market event featuring local food products. Runs Sunday 17 May 2015 from 1100-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

IJ-Hallen Huge flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Date TBA.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

Olly Murs – 17 May, Heineken Music Hall
5 Seconds of Summer – 20 May, Ziggo Dome
Bill Maher – 20 May, De Meervaart
Toppers in Comcert – 23/29/30 May, Amsterdam ArenA
Ellen Ten Damme – 25 May, Carré
Roxette – 27 May, Heineken Music Hall
Ariana Grande – 29 May, Ziggo Dome
Toto – 30 May, Ziggo Dome
Fleetwood Mac – 31 May/1 June, Ziggo Dome

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AC/DC – 5 May, GelreDome Arnhem

Nick Cave – 16/17 May, World Forum Theater Den Haag

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