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What’s On in Amsterdam January 2023

As we move into the new year let’s take a look at what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in January 2023. This is the coldest month of the year in Amsterdam so do wrap up warm!

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam (January 2023)

Fabrique des Lumières – Immersive exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary artists using cutting-edge technology with light projections and music. Inaugural exhibition is Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion, with works from the Viennese artist and his contemporaries like Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Runs daily at Westergas Amsterdam, 22 Apr 2022 to 5 Feb 2023. Final week! Book Fabrique des Lumières tickets here

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Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion at Fabrique des Lumières Amsterdam

Nxt Museum – The first “new media art” museum in the Netherlands which has large-scale, multi-sensory immersive exhibitions. UFO – Unidentified Fluid Other, exhibition examining the boundaries of the physical and virtual worlds. Runs 11 Jun 2022 to 30 Apr 2023. Located in the Amsterdam North district, open daily. Book Nxt Museum tickets here

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Nxt Museum Amsterdam exhibition (credit: Get Jan van Rooij/Nxt Museum)

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now has a diverse selection of works from the anonymous British street artist. In addition MOCO Masters features the likes of Warhol, Basquiat and Koons. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

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

anne frank tourAnne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation.

[For further insight, book an Anne Frank walking tour here which lasts 2 hours and explores Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter]

Body Worlds – Fascinating display of 200 human body ‘plastinate’ specimens at the venue on Damrak in central Amsterdam. The permanent exhibition is The Happiness Project and also includes an InBody scan. Book Body Worlds tickets here

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Body Worlds Amsterdam

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 400 pieces. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

The Upside Down Museum Amsterdam – Large interactive museum and Instagram experience which includes 25 mind-bending rooms. Located near RAI Amsterdam. Book Upside Down Museum tickets here

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Upside Down Amsterdam

De Nieuwe Kerk – The Century of Juliana, a Queen and her Ideals, major exhibition about the former Dutch Queen who reigned 1948-1980, with over 100 art objects from the Royal Collections. Runs 15 Oct 2022 to 9 Apr 2023.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Plastic Trash, exhibition about the world’s changing relationship with plastic, from useful product to plastic waste. Runs 5 Nov 2022 to 7 May 2023. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

Het Scheepvaartmuseum – National Maritime Museum presents Humans at Sea, a photographic exhibition of how venturing out to sea can transform a life. Runs 7 Oct 2022 until 28 May 2023. Book Scheepvaartmuseum tickets here

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

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Fashion For Good Museum Amsterdam

Royal Palace – Visit the grand Royal Palace on Dam Square including the impressive Citizen’s Hall. Book Royal Palace tickets here

Museums of the CanalsWaterkracht, exhibition about the water in Amsterdam’s canals and how its quality has improved. Runs 17 Jun 2022 to 26 Feb 2023. Book Museum of the Canals tickets here

Oude KerkIbrahim Mahama: Garden of Scars, installation exhibition by the Ghanaian artist featuring over 800 memorial stones. Runs 5 Nov 2022 to 19 Mar 2023.

FOAM Photography MuseumPaul Kooiker, FASHION, wide variety of images from the noted Dutch photographer from his fashion commissions, all made with an iPhone. Runs 9 Dec 2022 to 12 Feb 2023. Book FOAM tickets here

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FOAM Amsterdam

Huis MarseilleSamuel Fosso, large scale retrospective exhibition of the French-Cameroon photographer with over 200 works. Runs 10 Dec 2022 to 12 Mar 2023.

SORA – Kinetic light installation with mind-blowing surround sound. Sora (meaning ‘sky’ in Japanese) has been specially choreographed by creative studio NONOTAK. The exhibition has a limited run at Gashouder in Amsterdam only over 6 Jan to 5 Feb 2023.

EYE FilmmuseumSaodat Ismailova: 18,000 Words, retrospective exhibition from the artist and filmmaker focussed on the hidden world of myths and rituals in Central Asia. Runs 21 Jan to 4 Jun 2023. Book EYE Film Museum tickets here

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EyeFilm Amsterdam

Amsterdam Museum @HermitageThe Maasdamme Collection, exhibition of dioramas depicting scenes from Dutch colonial history. Runs 16 Oct 2022 to 12 Mar 2023. Book Amsterdam Museum tickets here

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. 31553580 (obsession) for Numbers & Schematics, exhibition about the world of logic, art and structure. Runs 22 Sep 2022 to 27 Aug 2023.

Stadsarchief – The Amsterdam city archive presents All Those Amsterdam People… Photos 1935-1975, exhibition of lively photos from the 20th century. Runs 27 Oct 2022 to 12 Feb 2023.

Jewish Museum – Frédéric Brenner Zerheilt Photo Fragments of Berlin, exhibition from the French photographer documenting contemporary Jewish life in Berlin. Runs 23 Sep 2022 to 3 Mar 2023. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

Hash Marihuana & Hemp MuseumStay Stoned: Madness, Cannabis & Tattoos, long-term exhibition running 18 Jun 2022 to 23 Feb 2023. Book tickets here

ARTIS Groote Museum – Opened in late spring 2022, the fascinating new Groote Museum allows you to explore your place in the living world with beautifully presented installations and exhibits. Book your Groote Museum tickets here

Micropia – The world’s only museum dedicated to microbes and micro-organisms. Book Micropia tickets here

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Micropia Amsterdam

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Cobra 75: Danish Modern Art, anniversary exhibition focussing on Danish artists. Runs 27 Jan to 14 May 2023.

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts a small selection of works from the Rijksmuseum collection. The museum is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers. Free entry

Amsterdam City Passes

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Sport in Amsterdam (January 2023)

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruijff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs FC Twente 14 Jan 2023 (2100)
Ajax vs FC Volendam 26 Jan 2023 (2100)

Jumping Amsterdam – Indoor international equestrian event featuring some of the world’s best show jumping and dressage riders. Runs 26-29 Jan 2023.

Apollo Amsterdam home fixtures (BNXT League) at Apollohal in Amsterdam:
Apollo Amsterdam vs Basketbal Academie Limburg 12 Jan 2023 (2030)
Apollo Amsterdam vs Landstede Hammers 28 Jan 2023 (1530)

Ice Hockey:
Amsterdam Tigers home fixtures (IJHL Eredivisie) at Jaap Eden Hal Amsterdam:
Amsterdam Tigers vs Gijs Groningen 7 Jan 2023 (1745)
Amsterdam Tigers vs Dordrecht Lions 21 Jan 2023 (1745)

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Festivals in Amsterdam (January 2023)

Amsterdam Light Festival – 11th edition of the popular light installation event in Amsterdam will run 1 Dec 2022 to 22 Jan 2023. This edition’s theme is Imagine Beyond and the lights will be on 1700-2300. The best place to view the lights is from the water.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam (January 2023)

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam on Thursday 5 Jan 2023 (2000).

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book Boom Chicago here

Dara O’Brien – The Irish comedian plays his So… Where Were We? show at Carré Theater in Amsterdam on 16 Jan 2023.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam (January 2023)

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.

World Christmas Circus – Popular circus event held every Christmas holiday at Carré Theater in Amsterdam. Runs 21 Dec 2022 to 8 Jan 2023.

André Rieu – The famous Dutch musician/conductor will play a New Year’s Concert show at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 7 Jan 2023.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Runs 12 Nov 2022 until 5 Feb 2023.

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National Tulip Day – This event scheduled for Saturday 21 Jan 2023 heralds the start of the Dutch tulip season. Normally up to 200,000 tulips are available to be picked on Dam Square. Free entry

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

Ian McEwan – The English author presents readings from his new novel Lessons at Carré Theater in Amsterdam on 29 Jan 2023 (1500).

Amsterdam Dinner Cruise – 120 minute evening cruise around Amsterdam’s canals with a 3 course meal and drinks. Runs every Thu/Fri/Sat (1930) in January. Check Dinner Cruise availability here

Market Events in Amsterdam

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. 7-8 Jan 2023 (0900-1630) and 28-29 Jan 2023 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam (January 2023)

Robbie Williams – 28/29 Jan, Ziggo Dome

Amsterdam Transport Passes

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Disclaimer: While we make every effort to keep this listing up-to-date, events can always be cancelled or re-scheduled at short notice. Please double-check with the event organisers.

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