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What’s On in Amsterdam February 2019

What’s going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2019. 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. Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death the museum presents All the Rembrandts. This exhibition presents all 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 best examples of Rembrandt’s prints in the Rijksmuseum collection. Runs 15 Feb to 10 Jun 2019.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings.

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)The life of Buddha, the Path to the Present is a major exhibition which recounts the life phases of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as the Buddha. Combining both ancient and modern art including pieces from Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono. It runs 16 Sep 2018 to 3 Feb 2019.

Masterpiece 2019, the 8th edition of Masterpiece featuring an extraordinary piece of art with a spiritual dimension. This year showcases St Michael, a powerful 17th century work by Italian Baroque master Luca Giordano. It runs 16 Feb to 7 Apr 2019.

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 pre-booking is essential.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Treasury! Masterpieces from the Hermitage, an exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features a cross-section of masterpieces from the entire St Petersburg collection. Runs 2 Feb to 25 Aug 2019.

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 Golden Age.

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. Raquel van Haver, Spirits of the Soil major exhibition from the local artist including a series of monumental paintings. Runs 25 Nov 2018 to 7 Apr 2019.

Amsterdam Museum1001 Women in the Twentieth Century, exhibition of 120 remarkable women who played a key role in Dutch history in the last century. Runs 4 Oct 2018 to 10 Mar 2019.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Daniel Arsham – Connecting Time, solo show from the New York-based artist incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Runs 18 Jan to 30 Sep 2019.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Cool Japan showcases the world’s fascination with all things Japanese – from Hello Kitty to Tokyo fashion. Runs 28 Sep 2018 to 1 Sep 2019.

Rembrandt HouseRembrandt’s Social Network, Family, Friends and Acquaintances. Part of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, this exhibition looks at the key figures in the artist’s life. Runs 1 Feb to 19 May 2019.

Het Schip (Amsterdam School Museum)Gaudí and the Amsterdam School, exhibition will highlight the many similarities between the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and the Amsterdam School. Runs 2 Oct 2018 to 1 Apr 2019.

Stadsarchief – The Amsterdam City Archive presents Private Rembrandt, an exhibition about the life of the artist with original documents, etchings and drawings. Runs 7 Dec 2018 to 7 Apr 2019.

Verzetsmuseum – The Dutch Resistance Museum presents Nach Holland, a photo exhibition of the 1940 invasion of the Netherlands through German eyes. Runs 1 Feb to 19 May 2019.

National Holocaust Museum – Opened in 2016, this museum is under development and currently presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Ongoing until end 2019. The Persecution of the Jews in Photographs: The Netherlands, 1940–1945, runs 28 Jan to 6 Oct 2019.

Jewish Historical MuseumThe Institute of Ongoing Things, an exhibition by the multidisciplinary artist Uri Katzenstein. Runs 29 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019. A retrospective exhibition of the Jewish Polish-American photojournalist David Seymour (‘Chim’) runs 19 Oct 2018 to 10 Mar 2019.

Biblical Museum – Expected: This is my story. About faith, hope and inspiration. Exhibition about young people and Christianity. Runs 9 Feb to 27 Oct 2019.

Oude KerkThe Instrument of Troubled Dreams, installation specially made for the church by artists Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. Runs 24 Nov 2018 to 29 Apr 2019.

FOAM Photography MuseumPoint Cloud, Old Growth by Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (virtual installations), 23 Nov 2018 to 10 Feb 2019. Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography, 21 Dec 2018 to 3 Mar 2019. Erwin Blumenfeld (colour photos from New York 1941-1960), 15 Feb to 14 Apr 2019. Stories by Santu Mofokeng (Soth African photography), 15 Feb to 28 Apr 2019.

Huis Marseille Photography MuseumRecent Histories / Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection, 8 Dec 2018 to 3 Mar 2019.

EYE Film – Jan Svankmajer: The Alchemical Wedding, retrospective exhibition about the Czech animator. Runs 15 Dec 2018 to 3 Mar 2019.

Bags & Purses Museum (Tassenmuseum)Made in Italy, exhibition of fashion and accessories created by leading Italian designers. Runs 20 May 2018 to 17 Feb 2019. The Bag as Theatre by Hester van Eeghen, 10 Nov 2018 to 25 Feb 2019.

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

Cobra Museum (Amstelveen)An Unstoppable Force, explores the creativity expression of children and how they inspired the Cobra art movement. Runs 6 Oct 2018 to 17 Feb 2019. Cobra 70: A multi-headed snake, exhibition celebrating 70 years of the colourful, expressive post-war art movement. Runs 8 Nov 2018 to 2 Jun 2019.

Check out our comprehensive Amsterdam museums section

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Ajax home matches at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam:
Ajax vs VVV Venlo (Eredivisie) – 2 Feb 2019, 1945
Ajax vs NAC Breda (Eredivisie) – 17 Feb 2019, 1215

ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 9-17 Feb 2019. Strong field of top 20 players due at the 46th edition.

Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Feb 2019.

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

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. 24th edition is scheduled for 26 Jan to 2 Feb 2019 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. 7th edition scheduled for 23-24 Feb 2019.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

EuropArtFair – International art fair event featuring a cross-section of contemporary European artists. Held at Westergasfabriek (Gashouder) in Amsterdam, 1-3 Feb 2019.

MONO JAPAN – Cultural fair (4th edition) of authentic and contemporary Japanese crafts & design. Due 1-3 Feb 2019 at the Lloyd Hotel Cultural Embassy.

Huishoudbeurs 2019 – Large Dutch household event expo at Amsterdam RAI, 16-24 Feb 2019.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 5 Feb 2019 at 2000.

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

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. Performances in February are: Husbands and Wives (14/21 Feb 2019).

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera Juditha Triumphans (Vivaldi), 1/3/5/7 Feb 2019; opera Girls of the Golden West (Adams), 28 Feb 2019; ballet Requiem, various between 9-27 Feb 2019; ballet Ode to the Master, 12/14/17/20 Feb 2019.

Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. Carmen (Bizet) 2 Feb 2019 (1900).

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 17 Nov 2018 until 3 Feb 2019.

Chinese New Year in Amsterdam – Falls on 5 Feb 2019 which sees in the year of the Pig. Head to Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk area for celebrations.

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). Concerts on 6/13/20/28 Feb 2019. For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk.

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. Almost every Tuesday 1230-1300, doors open 1215.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent – Thursday 21 Feb 2019 (1230).

Market Events in Amsterdam

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergasfabriek with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 3 Feb 2019 (1200-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music, 17 Feb 2019 (1200-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 16-17 Feb 2019 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Gilbert O’Sullivan – 1 Feb, Carré
Massive Attack – 1/2 Feb, AFAS Live
Parkway Drive – 6 Feb, AFAS Live
Joan Baez – 8 Feb, Carré
Tears For Fears – 17 Feb, AFAS Live
Gavin James – 23 Feb, AFAS Live
SLASH ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – 24 Feb, AFAS Live
Post Malone – 25/26 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Greta van Fleet – 27 Feb, AFAS Live
Parov Stelar – 28 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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