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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. Book Fabrique des Lumières tickets here

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Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion at Fabrique des Lumières Amsterdam

Amaze Amsterdam – A new immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here (open Wed-Sun).

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AMAZE Amsterdam

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

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Groote Museum Amsterdam

STRAAT – A 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 your STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

Our House – A brand new museum of electronic music culture in the centre of Amsterdam. Take a 75 minute digital storytelling journey and explore the evolution of dance music via interactive installations, shows and performances. Open Wed-Sun. Book Our House tickets here

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Our House 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 31 Aug 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)

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

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Golden Boy Gustav Klimt. Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse… large-scale exhibition runs 7 Oct 2022 to 8 Jan 2023. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

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Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

The Upside Down Museum Amsterdam – Large interactive museum and Instagram experience which includes 25 themed rooms. Book Upside Down Museum tickets here

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Upside Down Amsterdam

Once Upon a Time Amsterdam – Pop-up museum on Museumplein which houses an exhibition of exquisite clocks from the late 18th and early 19th century, part of the Parnassia Collection. Runs 21 May 2022 to 29 Jan 2023 (open Fri-Sun). Book Once Upon a Time 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.

Hermitage MuseumLove Stories – Art, Passion & Tragedy, exhibition featuring more than a hundred portraits about love, passion and tragedy from the late sixteenth century until today. Runs 17 Sep 2022 to 8 Jan 2023.

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.

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. Anne Imhof – YOUTH, installation featuring art, architecture, light and sound. Runs 1 Oct 2022 to 29 Jan 2023. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

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.

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

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Book Tropenmuseum 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 29 Jan 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.

EYE Filmmuseum – Fiona Tan, major retrospective exhibition of the Indonesian-born filmmaker runs 1 Oct 2022 to 8 Jan 2023.

Stadsarchief – The Amsterdam city archive presents Amsterdam Ancestors: In Search of Our Family Histories, an exhibition featuring the family stories of various primary school children from Amsterdam. Runs 9 Jun 2022 to 8 Jan 2023. All Those Amsterdam People… Photos 1935-1975, exhibition of lively photos from the 20th century. Runs 27 Oct 2022 to 12 Feb 2023.

Jewish MuseumA Place of Our Own, photo exhibition from Iris Hassid featuring four young women living and studying in Tel Aviv. Runs 24 Jun 2022 to 29 Jan 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

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Corneille 100, exhibition of the Cobra artist marking 100 years since his birth. Runs 3 Jul 2022 to 15 Jan 2023.

Teylers Museum (Haarlem) – Hockney’s Eye, exhibition of British artist David Hockney including drawings, paintings, photographic and digital artwork. Runs 23 Sep 2022 to 29 Jan 2023. Book Teylers Museum tickets here

Heineken Experience – Take a tour of the former brewery in the De Pijp district of Amsterdam. Book Heineken Experience tickets here

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

Amsterdam City Passes

The official Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam region museums and attractions. Plus a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. It costs €65 to €135. Book the Iamsterdam City Card here

The GO City All-inclusive Amsterdam Pass (1/2/3/5 days) offers free entrance to 25 attractions and includes a canal cruise, pedal boat and bike rental. It costs €51 to €99. Book the GO City All inclusive Pass here

The GO City Explorer Amsterdam Pass (3-7 attractions) allows you to pick entry to a specific number of attractions with a 60 day time limit. It costs €43 to €89. Book the GO City Explorer Amsterdam Pass here

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The Amsterdam Pass from Tiqets offers entrance to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. It also includes a canal cruise and city guide app. It costs €62. Book the Amsterdam Pass here

Sport in Amsterdam (January 2023)

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruijff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs FC Twente 14 Jan 2023 (2000)
Ajax vs 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

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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. Book a light festival canal cruise here

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Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise (source: Lovers Canal Cruises)

Whisky Weekend – Annual whisky festival featuring some 30 whisky-themed stalls. Rescheduled for 13-14 Jan 2023 at De Posthoornkerk (Amsterdam West).

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

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). Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

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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. Scheduled from 12 Nov 2022 until 5 Feb 2023.

National Tulip Day – This event scheduled for Saturday 14 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.

Market Events in Amsterdam

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 400 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 Travel/Transport Resources

Prepare for your trip to Amsterdam in advance.

Unlimited GVB Day/Multi-Day tickets – 1 to 7 day ticket (€8.50 to €37). Valid on all GVB transport (trams/metro/buses) in Amsterdam on a 24 hour basis. Book GVB 1-7 day tickets online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€17/€22.50/€28) combines airport train/bus journey with unlimited GVB transport in Amsterdam. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€19.50/€28/€36.50) for unlimited travel in entire Amsterdam region. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis on NS trains (in region), regional buses and Amsterdam GVB transport. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Iamsterdam City Card – Tourist pass which includes a GVB multi-day ticket as well as admission to many Amsterdam attractions. 24/48/72/96/120 hour cards (€65-€135). Book the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Hotels Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which offers a wide selection of hotels and free cancellation if your plans change. It also has a range of Amsterdam hostels for those on a budget.

Taxi Sneleentaxi is a reliable taxi firm offering rides anywhere in the Netherlands – including around Amsterdam and to/from airports. It offers competitive fixed fares. You can book with Sneleentaxi here

International Trains – You can check timetables, prices and make bookings for all the international train services to/from the Netherlands at the NS International site

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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