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What’s On in Amsterdam January 2022

As we move into the new year let’s take a look at what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in January 2022. This is the coldest month of the year in Amsterdam so do wrap up warm!

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book here

STRAAT – A new and unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000 square metres warehouse at NDSM wharf and showcasing some 150 artworks, all made on-site. Book STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam MuseumThe Golden Coach is an exhibition about the royal carriage originally built for Dutch Queen Wilhelmina in 1898. The coach has been fully restored and is on view in a specially built glass enclosure. Runs 18 Jun 2021 to 27 Feb 2022. You can book Golden Coach tickets here

golden coach at amsterdam museum
The Golden Coach at Amsterdam Museum

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Remember Me, exhibition featuring over 100 Renaissance portraits, runs 1 Oct 2021 to 16 Jan 2022 at the Philips wing. Vincent Mentzel, exhibition from the Dutch photojournalist. Runs 28 Jan to 6 Jun 2022 also at the Philips wing. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here 

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 of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. The Potato Eaters, exhibition exploring the origins of the famous Van Gogh painting. Runs 8 Oct 2021 to 13 Feb 2022. 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. Take advantage of the lower numbers of visitors currently.

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. You can find concrete ways to take positive action and shop for sustainable products. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Tsars & Knights, a unique collection of suits of armour and antique weapons. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 9 Jan 2022.

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.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – 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. Prix De Rome: Open Call, exhibition of nominees for the Dutch award for visual artists below the age of 40. Runs 13 Nov 2021 to 20 Mar 2022.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

Rembrandt HouseHat on for Rembrandt, exhibition of contemporary photographic portraits of children paired with etchings by Rembrandt. Runs 17 Sep 2021 to 2 Jan 2022. RAW, exhibition showcasing the work of eleven contemporary artists which show subjects in a realistic way. Runs 20 Jan to 22 May 2022.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Healing Power, exhibition about healing traditions around the world. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 6 Jun 2022.

De Nieuwe KerkMaison Amsterdam, large exhibition of historic fashion from the Amsterdam Museum collection along with contemporary designers. Runs 18 Sep 2021 to 3 Apr 2022.

FOAM Photography Museum – Shigeru Onishi: The Possibility of Existence, the first European solo exhibition of the Japanese mathematician and artist. Runs 17 Sep 2021 to 9 Jan 2022. Next Level: Jonathas de Andrade, exhibition of the Brazilian artist who tells layered stories by creating staged scenes. Expected 14 Jan to 10 Apr 2022.

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

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Clandestine: The Photo Collection of Pedro Slim, photo exhibition with the human body as central theme. Runs 18 Oct 2021 to 27 Mar 2022.

iamsterdam cardThe 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

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
No Eredivisie home fixtures in January 2022

You can also book a stadium tour of the Johan Cruijff ArenA online here

Futsal:
UEFA Futsal EURO 2022
tournament due to be held at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 19 Jan 2022.

Equestrian:
Jumping Amsterdam – Indoor international equestrian event featuring some of the world’s best show jumping and dressage riders. 2021 event at RAI Amsterdam was cancelled, expected to return 27-30 Jan 2022.

Athletics/Running:
[?] Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Event at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 7 Jan 2022, to be confirmed.

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

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Festivals in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Light Festival – Celebrating its 10th year, this year’s event (theme: Celebrate Light) will show 20 of the most popular past installations. Expected to run 2 Dec 2021 to 23 Jan 2022.

Whisky Weekend – Annual whisky festival featuring some 30 whisky-themed stalls. 2021 edition at De Posthoornkerk (Amsterdam West) was cancelled. Expected to return in January 2022.

IMPRO Amsterdam – Improvisation theatre festival which attracts a high calibre of international impro players. 2021 edition at Compagnietheater, Amsterdam was cancelled, may return in January 2022.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 4 Jan 2022 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English 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.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Productions in January 2022 include opera Le lacrime di Eros.

André Rieu – The famous Dutch musician/conductor will play a New Year’s Concert show at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 8 Jan 2022.

Andrea Bocelli – The Italian tenor plays 2 nights at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 10/11 Jan 2022.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Expected to return for winter season 2021/22.

[?] National Tulip Day – This event scheduled for Saturday 15 Jan 2022 heralds the start of the Dutch tulip season. Normally up to 200,000 tulips are available to be picked on Dam Square – however this wasn’t possible in 2021 – we will see what alternative display arrangements can be made.

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

Market Events in Amsterdam

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 2022 agenda yet to be announced.

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 400 indoor stands. 2022 agenda yet to be announced.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Amsterdam:
Happy Mondays – 8 Jan, Paradiso

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.

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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