EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam is located on the northern bank of the IJ opposite central station.
With its sleek modern design, the building is a wonderful public space for Amsterdam – housing film-themed exhibitions, 4 cinema screens, an auditorium and a bar-restaurant. It replaced the old film museum which was in Vondelpark.
The building was opened by then 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 over 50,000 films.
The EYE Film building is freely open to visitors. It houses 4 cinemas (with 620 seats in total) which show mainly classic, art-house and retrospective films. There is a large area on the upper floor for temporary exhibitions which run a few times a year and generally last for 2-3 months.
There is a Bar Restaurant (open daily until 2200) with great views of the water and an outdoor terrace. The auditorium area can sometimes be used for live music.
The EYE Film basement area (Panorama) houses a permanent exhibition which displays items marking significant moments in cinema history. The collection has various film-making equipment including the legendary 35mm Mitchell camera which was invented in 1917.
There are special pods where you can sit in and view film footage on Cinemascope screens; a room surrounded by film fragments and a green screen area where you can make your own film.
To visit Panorama you need to buy a standard exhibition ticket. Note, free entry is usually given to Panorama when EYE is between exhibitions.
EYE has workrooms for students and hosts various educational activities. A shop is found near the front entrance desk. EYE Film also has function rooms available for hire.
It 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 atmosphere.
Next door to EYE Film Amsterdam is the 80m high A’DAM Toren, a multi-purpose building which includes the A’DAM Lookout panorama deck.
Check out our guide to other Amsterdam cinemas
It is recommended to pre-book a ticket and timeslot online in advance.
EYE Film Essential Info
|Opening Times||EYE is open daily. Exhibitions: 0930-1700, box office: 0930-1700.|
|Admission Prices (2022)||Public has free entry into the building.|
Entry to exhibitions costs €15, FREE for children 0-17, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders. Special exhibitions can attract a small supplement.
A standard cinema film ticket costs €11.50. Iamsterdam City Card holders pay €10, children 0-11 pay €7.50.
|Getting There||EYE Film 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.|
EYE Filmmuseum, IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 589 1400, eyefilm.nl
Last updated 8 September 2021. This article was first published in 2013 and has been regularly updated.