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What’s On in Amsterdam February 2020

What’s going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2020. There’s always lots of things to do and with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, why not consider a romantic trip to Amsterdam…

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

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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. Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome, exhibition exploring the beginnings of European baroque in Rome, with masterpieces from painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Bernini (1598-1680). Runs 14 Feb to 7 Jun 2020 in the Philips Wing. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts 10 paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum collection. The Rijksmuseum Schiphol is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers free of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. In the Picture, exhibition featuring 75 portrait works from Vincent van Gogh and the likes of Edvard Munch, Charley Toorop, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne and Helene Schjerfbeck. Runs 21 Feb to 24 May 2020. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

Anne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation. The house and museum is open to visitors though you must pre-book online for a date/time slot.

Nieuwe KerkThe Great Suriname Exhibition, major winter exhibition at the New Church on Dam Square telling the story of the country of Suriname and its inhabitants. It includes over 300 objects, artefacts, photos and documents as well as multimedia presentations. Extended run 5 Oct 2019 to 1 Mar 2020 (closed 17 Feb).

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Jewels! an exhibition which is part of the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features highlights from the fabulous jewellery collection of the State Hermitage. Runs 14 Sep 2019 to 3 May 2020.

Also ongoing at the Hermitage: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a visual projection of Amsterdam through the ages as seen from the Amstel river; and Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century which includes temporary exhibition Dutch Masters Revisited, 13 portraits of prominent Dutch citizens posing as people of colour, running 30 Sep 2019 to 2 Feb 2020.

Outsider Art Museum – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.

Amsterdam MuseumNr. 1 Tourist Attraction, controversial exhibition featuring the work of artist Jimini Hignett about Amsterdam’s red light district. Runs 1 Nov 2019 to 1 Mar 2020.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. BALI – Behind the scenes, an exhibition about the island on the Indonesian archipelago which looks at the environmental impact of tourism and the island traditions and culture. Runs 14 Feb 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 23 Aug 2020.

Allard PiersonBes, Little God in Ancient Egypt, an exhibition about the popular god from ancient Egypt represented as a dwarf-like figure with large head, big belly and crooked legs. Runs 18 Oct 2019 to 8 Mar 2020.

Rembrandt HouseLaboratory Rembrandt – Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled, part of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, this exhibition uses scientific analysis which provide insights into Rembrandt’s works. Runs 21 Sep 2019 to 16 Feb 2020.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)Modern Perspectives. Photo & Film Amsterdam 1920-1940, exhibition highlighting the visual creativity in Amsterdam during the interwar period. Runs 18 Oct 2019 to 16 Feb 2020.

VerzetsmuseumFashion on a Ration, exhibition at the Dutch Resistance Museum examining how fashion changed during the wartime period due to fabric shortages – in stark contrast to the throwaway society we live in today. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 2 Jun 2020.

National Holocaust MuseumBullets Betrayal and Letters: Chronicle of a Jewish Family, exhibition which highlights the history of an Amsterdam family. Runs 28 Oct 2019 to 2 Feb 2020. Note, the museum will close on 2 Feb 2020 for a major renovation.

Hollandsche SchouwburgPerspectives of the Holocaust, a penetrating installation with audio, video, photos and virtual reality which tell of Holocaust survivors’ experiences. [Note, some images are shocking and are not suitable for under 16s.] Runs until 1 May 2020.

Jewish Historical MuseumAmsterdam, City of Diamonds, an exhibition on 400 years of the diamond industry in Amsterdam and how Jews played an important role. Runs 27 Sep 2019 to 1 Mar 2020.

FOAM Photography MuseumAdorned – The Fashionable Show, exhibition looking at the new ways of presenting fashion-related photography specific to a younger generation of image-makers. Eric Gyamfi Fixing Shadows self-portraits and installations from the Ghanaian photographer. Both run 13 Dec 2019 to 11 Mar 2020.

Huis Marseille Photography MuseumOutside Fashion / Fashion photography from the Studio to Exotic Lands (1900–1969), vintage fashion photos from the collection of the Palais Galliera. Arja Hop & Peter Svenson / Distilled Landscapes – an allegory of four rivers, The artistic duo apply plant-derived dyes directly to photographic film. Both run 7 Dec 2019 to 8 Mar 2020.

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

Cobra Museum (Amstelveen) – Intense Mexico: Politics, Identity, Sex and Death. Exhibition featuring 46 exuberant works of art from the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 29 Mar 2020. Sigmar Polke vs Blaudzun. Music of Unknown Origin, audio-visual exhibition expected 14 Dec 2019 to 5 Apr 2020.

iamsterdam card The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass as well. It costs €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
AFC Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven – 2 Feb 2020, 1645 (Eredivisie)
AFC Ajax vs RKC Waalwijk – 16 Feb 2020, 1430 (Eredivisie)
AFC Ajax vs Getafe CF – 27 Feb 2020, 2100 (Europa League)

ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 10-17 Feb 2020. Strong field of top 20 players due at the 47th edition.

Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 14 Feb 2020.

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

Barney Dome: Farewell to the Legend – An fun evening to celebrate the career of Dutch darts legend Raymond van Barneveld who is retiring from the sport. Special guests will include Phil Taylor, Martin Adams, Booby George and Robin van Persie. At Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 8 Feb 2020.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Festivals in Amsterdam

IMPRO Amsterdam – Improvisation theatre festival which attracts a high calibre of international impro players. 25th edition is scheduled for 25 Jan to 1 Feb 2020 at Compagnietheater, Amsterdam.

Chocoa Festival – Chocolate lovers should head to the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam for a festival promoting sustainable and good quality chocolate – includes workshops and tastings. 8th edition scheduled for 22-23 Feb 2020.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

Huishoudbeurs 2020 – Large Dutch household event expo at Amsterdam RAI, 22 Feb – 1 Mar 2020.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 4 Feb 2020 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book Boom Chicago here

Jamali Maddix – The UK stand-up comedian plays 2 shows at Toomler Amsterdam on 9/10 Feb 2020.

Dave Chappelle – The US stand-up comedian plays the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 22 Feb 2020.

Bill Bailey – The popular British stand-up comedian/musician holds a show at the Oude Luxor Theater, Rotterdam on 29 Feb 2020.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – Amsterdam’s renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage – for Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Production highlights in February are Nabucco (opera) and Frida (ballet).

L’Orfeo – Nederlandse Reisopera presents the opera about Orpheus on 9/11 Feb 2020 at Theater Carré in Amsterdam.

Flamenco Biennial Intermezzo – The Flamenco Biennial festival is held every 2 years (next one 2021), however in 2020 there are a series of Intermezzo shows. Flamenco guitarist Rafael Riqueni and dancer Maria Moreno play Bimhuis on 13 Feb 2020.

Candlelight Concert – The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam hosts a monthly evening concert by candlelight. Yehonatan Elazar and Christina Diaz play on 20 Feb 2020 at 1930.

Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Open 16 Nov 2019 until 2 Feb 2020.

SKALARReflections on light and sound. Large audio-visual kinetic art installation by light artist Christopher Bauder and musician Kangding Ray. On display at the Gashouder (Westergas) in Amsterdam from 10 Jan to 5 Feb 2020.

WesterFête – Special evening event at Westergas in Amsterdam held monthly in winter. Venue partners will open their doors to the public and offer special events from live music, vegan cocktails, pop-up vinyl night market and Amsterdam’s smallest club. Free entry, runs from 1800 on 7 Feb 2019.

De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.

Free Concerts in Amsterdam

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday at 2000.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held on occasional Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk. Concert dates are 5/12/19/26 Feb 2020.

Dutch Opera & Ballet – These lunchtime concerts in the Opera & Ballet foyer present music by small groups of musicians, including members of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Concerts this month on Tuesday 4/18/25 Feb 2020 running 1230-1300, doors open 1215.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent. The Thursday lunchtime concert this month is on 13 Feb 2020 at 1230.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Valentine’s edition on 2 Feb 2020 (1200-1800); Homeware Market at De Hallen 9 Feb 2020 (1100-1700).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 16 Feb 2020 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. 15-16 Feb 2020 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Dropkick Murphys – 1 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Stereophonics – 1 Feb, AFAS Live
Liam Gallacher – 7 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Supergrass – 7/8 Feb, Paradiso
Keane – 11 Feb, AFAS Live
Lewis Capaldi – 13 Feb, AFAS Live
Halsey – 15 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Kaiser Chiefs – 16 Feb, Paradiso
Stormzy – 22 Feb, AFAS Live
Home Free – 23 Feb, RAI Amsterdam
Tenacious D – 23 Feb, Ziggo Dome
The Darkness – 24 Feb, Melkweg
Bear’s Den – 27 Feb, Ziggo Dome
James Blunt – 28 Feb, AFAS Live
Mura Masa – 29 Feb, AFAS Live

Hotels in Amsterdam

You should book your Amsterdam accommodation in advance if possible. During popular events rooms can be difficult to find and prices can rise significantly! Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which usefully offers free cancellation if your plans change.

Some specific Amsterdam hotel recommendations:

• At the very top-end with 5 star luxury consider Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel Grand, Hotel De L’Europe and Conservatorium.

• Stylish, quality mid-range choices near the city centre include The Toren, Banks Mansion, The Hoxton, Kimpton-De Witt and Sir Adam Hotel.

• For those on a budget check out Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, The Student Hotel, Volkshotel, Jaz Amsterdam (close to Ziggo Dome/ArenA) and Motel One.

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