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What’s On in Amsterdam January 2021

As we move into the new year let’s take a look at what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in January 2021. This is the coldest month of the year in Amsterdam so do wrap up warm!

The Dutch Government continues bringing in ‘precautionary’ measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. Many events are cancelled [X] or may be cancelled/rescheduled at short notice with limits on capacity.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

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

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Ed van der Elsken: Crazy World, images from the Dutch photographer’s personal work archive. Runs 30 Oct 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. 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. Your Loving Vincent: Van Gogh’s Greatest Letters, exhibition featuring a selection of his best letters, displayed alongside world-famous paintings. Runs 9 Oct 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

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

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. 17 Oct 2020 to 31 Jul 2021.

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. Surinamese School, Painting from Paramaribo to Amsterdam, exhibition presenting 100 artworks by 35 artists on Surinamese history, spirituality and everyday life. Expected 12 Dec 2020 to 31 May 2021. Book Stedelijk tickets here

Amsterdam MuseumRefresh Amsterdam, collaborative exhibition on urban culture (theme: ‘Sense of Place’) featuring 25 participating artists. Runs 11 Dec 2020 to 28 Mar 2021.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. THE KID: The Future Is Old, an exhibition by the contemporary American artist on social issues runs 19 Nov 2020 to 31 Jul 2021. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Reflecting Forward by Studio Irma, a digital immersive art exhibition also has an extended run. 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 28 Feb 2021. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Extended run to 3 Jan 2021.

Rembrandt HouseHello Rembrandt! – an interactive exhibition for young explorers from 7 to 12 years old. Runs 19 Dec 2020 to 11 Apr 2021.

Scheepvaartmusuem – The clipper Stad Amsterdam will be moored at the National Maritime Museum and open to visits on Wednesdays and Sundays from 12 Sep 2020 to 31 Mar 2021.

Stadsarchief100 Years of School Gardens, a free exhibition about the city’s tradition of garden allotments for primary school children. Runs 26 Aug 2020 to 3 Jan 2021.

Nieuwe KerkHistory & Royalty. 600 Years of History, exhibition on the history of the church which includes the new Panorama Nieuwe Kerk, a large film installation. Runs 5 Dec 2020 to 11 Apr 2021.

FOAM Photography MuseumFOAM Talent presents work from a new generation of visual artists, running 18 Dec 2020 to 10 Mar 2021. Book FOAM tickets here

Huis MarseilleInfinite Identities. Photography in the Age of Sharing, exhibition of 8 photographers and artists who use Instagram to share their work. Runs 28 Nov 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.

Allard Pierson MuseumLetters of Art Nouveau, graphic exhibition about the flamboyant letter shapes used in signs from the early 20th century and revived in the 1960s. Runs 23 Oct 2020 to 21 Mar 2021.

Jewish Historical MuseumA Grave in the Clouds, an exhibition about Paul Celan’s poem Todesfuge. Runs 11 Dec 2020 to 16 May 2021. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

EYE FilmTrembling Landscapes, Between Reality and Fiction, group exhibition featuring Arab artists. Runs 19 Sep 2020 to 3 Jan 2021.

Framer FramedFrom what will we reassemble ourselves, exhibition around the theme of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995. Runs 6 Sep 2020 to 3 Jan 2021.

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

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Under the Skin – Claude Cahun, retrospective exhibition of of the progressive French artist, activist and writer Claude Cahun (1894–1954). Runs 15 Oct 2020 to 9 May 2021.

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

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven 10 Jan 2021 (1645)
Ajax vs Feyenoord 17 Jan 2021 (1645)
Ajax vs Willem II 28 Jan 2021 (2100)

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

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

[X] Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Event at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Jan 2021 cancelled.

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

[X] Amsterdam Light Festival – Heading into its 9th year, this year’s event had been scaled back but has now been cancelled. It planned a 2km ‘Light Walk’ route running through Plantage and Weesperbuurt in the east of Amsterdam. Expected to return in winter 2021/22.

[X] Whisky Weekend – Annual whisky festival featuring some 30 whisky-themed stalls. 13th edition due in Jan 2021 at De Posthoornkerk (Amsterdam West) has been cancelled. Expected to return in 2022.

[X] IMPRO Amsterdam – Improvisation theatre festival which attracts a high calibre of international impro players. 26th edition was due in late January 2021 at Compagnietheater, Amsterdam – likely cancelled.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

[X] Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 5 Jan 2021 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

[X] Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

There are no concerts, theatre performances or events until at least 9 February 2021.

[?] 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.

[X] Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Productions in January 2021 have been cancelled.

[X] André Rieu – The famous Dutch musician/conductor was due to play a New Year’s Concert show at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, 9 Jan 2021. This is cancelled and rescheduled for 8 Jan 2022.

[?] Flamenco Biennial – The 8th Flamenco Biennial Netherlands festival is due to be held in 2 parts. Part 1 is on 22 Jan to 7 Feb 2021 at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, likely to be mainly online. Part 2 is scheduled for November 2021.

[X] Andrea Bocelli – The Italian tenor was due to play 2 nights at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, 30/31 Jan 2021. This has been cancelled and rescheduled for 10/11 Jan 2022.

Other Events in Amsterdam

[X] Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Unfortunately this year’s event has been cancelled, expected to return for winter season 2021/22.

[?] National Tulip Day – This event scheduled for Saturday 16 Jan 2021 heralds the start of the Dutch tulip season. Normally up to 200,000 tulips are available to be picked on Dam Square – however this won’t be possible in 2021 – but will likely be celebrated with other displays.

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

Free Concerts in Amsterdam

Most of the free concerts offered by various venues in Amsterdam have been temporarily suspended.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free lunchtime concerts showcasing young classical talent scheduled for 21 Jan 2021 at 1230.

Market Events in Amsterdam

[X] Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Event scheduled January 2021 is cancelled.

[X] IJ-Hallen –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. Cancelled until further notice.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

[X] Happy Mondays – 9 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.

>>>What’s On in Amsterdam February 2021

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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