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 cafe-restaurant. It replaced 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 EYE Film is the 80m high A’DAM Toren, a multi-purpose building which includes the A’DAM Lookout panorama deck.
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 area (Panorama) houses a free permanent exhibition 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.
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.
EYE Filmmuseum Essential Info
|Opening Times||EYE is open daily. Exhibitions: 1000-1900, box office: 1000-2200 (Sun-Thu), 1000-2300 (Fri/Sat). EYE bar-restaurant: 1000-0100 (Sun-Thu) and 1000-0200 (Fri/Sat).|
|Admission Prices (2019)||Public has free entry into the building and Panorama. Entry to EYE exhibitions costs €11, FREE for children 0-18, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders. Special exhibitions can attract a small supplement.
A cinema film ticket costs €11 or €9.50 for Iamsterdam City Card holders.
Note that EYE Film desk does not accept cash payments – only debit and credit cards are accepted.
|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.|
EYE Filmmuseum, IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 589 1400, eyefilm.nl