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What’s On in Amsterdam (May 2024)

May is a great time to visit Amsterdam, with pleasant late-spring temperatures and plenty to see and do.

Check out our insider curated guide to events and things going on in and around the city for May 2024.

Museums, Exhibitions & Attractions in Amsterdam (May 2024)

Fabrique des Lumières – Immersive exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary artists using cutting-edge technology with light projections and music. New exhibition is Dutch Masters, From Vermeer to Van Gogh with works from renowned Dutch artists. Alongside there is a short program Mondriaan, An Abundance of Colour. Runs 22 Mar to 5 Jul 2024. Book Fabrique des Lumières tickets here

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Fabrique des Lumières – Dutch Masters

Our House – A 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. Includes the world’s largest sequencer. Book Our House tickets here

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Our House 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 180 artworks, all made on-site. Book STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

Amaze Amsterdam – An immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages which varies from intense, interactive to relaxing. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here

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AMAZE Amsterdam

Nxt Museum – The first “new media art” museum in the Netherlands which has large-scale, multi-sensory immersive exhibitions. Random International, exhibition of works from the postdigital art group exploring the impact of technological development on the human condition. Runs 27 Sep 2023 to 30 Jun 2024. Book Nxt Museum tickets here

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam – Get your celebrity fill by visiting the ever-popular wax work museum on Dam Square. Book Madame Tussauds Amsterdam tickets here

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Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Amsterdam Dungeon – Interactive show featuring excellent actors and audience participation. Takes you through dark dungeon-themed rooms from Amsterdam’s murky past – scary but with a comic element. Book Amsterdam Dungeon tickets here

Da Vinci Genius – A new immersive art experience showcasing the works of Leonardo Da Vinci including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Uses interactive technology and floor-to-ceiling projections. Runs 30 Nov 2023 to 30 Aug 2024. Book Da Vinci Genius tickets here

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Da Vinci Genius in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Frans Hals, major retrospective exhibition of the renowned 17th century painter featuring some 50 of his finest works. Runs 16 Feb to 9 Jun 2024. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Matthew Wong / Vincent van Gogh: Painting as a Last Resort, exhibition of the late Chinese-Canadian artist who had much in common with Van Gogh. Runs 1 Mar to 1 Sep 2024. 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. [For further insight, book an Anne Frank walking tour here which lasts 2 hours and explores Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter]

WONDR Experience – A fun and immersive pop-up experience in Amsterdam for both adults and children alike. Book WONDR tickets here

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WONDR Experience Amsterdam

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

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. Marina Abramović, first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands of the internationally acclaimed, controversial artist. Runs 16 Mar to 14 Jul 2024. Book Stedelijk tickets here

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Stedelijk Amsterdam – Marina Abramovic

House of Bols – The Cocktail & Genever Experience about the Lucas Bols brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575. Book House of Bols tickets here

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House of Bols Amsterdam

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein with many works by Banksy. Robbie Williams: Pride and Self-Prejudice, exhibition from the UK singer-songwriter of artworks on mental health. Runs 8 Mar to 8 Jul 2024. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A video art experience about the life of the famous painter and reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio on Rozengracht. Book Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience tickets here 

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Rembrandt’s Amsterdam

Rembrandt House – Visit the house where Rembrandt lived and worked. Directed by Rembrandt, exhibition showcasing the close connection between Rembrandt’s art and Amsterdam’s theatre scene. Runs 2 Mar to 26 May 2024. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art)Who Cares? A tribute to victims and care heroes during WWII – in the fields of psychiatry and mental health care. Exhibition on view within the H’ART Museum, runs until 1 Dec 2024.

Wereldmuseum AmsterdamMartial Arts, exhibition about the traditions and stories of various forms of martial art including kung fu, karate, capoeira, kickboxing, pencak silat and Nguni stick fighting. Runs 31 May 2024 to 31 Aug 2025. Book Wereldmuseum Amsterdam tickets here

ScheepvaartmuseumFood For Thought, exhibition taking a close look at world food production through the lens of photographer and film maker Kadir van Lohuizen. Extended run until 5 Jan 2025.

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Scheepvaartmuseum – Food for Thought exhibition

De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)World Press Photo Exhibition 2024, annual exhibition (world premiere) of the current affairs photography contest inside Amsterdam’s New Church. Runs 19 Apr to 14 Jul 2024. Book Nieuwe Kerk tickets here

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World Press Photo 2024 Amsterdam

Oude Kerk – Amsterdam’s Old Church presents Ana Navas: A veil as a glaze, exhibition of glass works reminiscent of stained glass from the Middle Ages. Runs 25 May to 25 Aug 2024. Book Oude Kerk tickets

Grachtenmuseum (Museum of The Canals)Chad in Amsterdam, exhibition of American writer-photographer Chad Bilyeu who moved to Amsterdam and makes his own comic book series. Runs 18 Apr to 30 Jun 2024. Book Museum of the Canals tickets here

Fashion For Good MuseumWhat Goes Around Comes Around, final exhibition from the museum about fashion innovation and circularity. Runs until 5 Jun 2024, the museum will permanently close and become a co-working space. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

NEMO StudioLiving Looonger, exhibition on the future of ageing and the human life span. Runs 19 Jan to 30 Nov 2024. Book NEMO tickets here

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

FOAM Photography MuseumJanette Beckman Rebels, first large scale retrospective of the iconic punk and hip-hop photographer, spanning 4 decades. Runs 10 May to 8 Sep 2024. Book FOAM tickets here

Huis MarseilleLisa Oppenheim Spolia, solo presentation from the American artist; Deborah Turbeville Photocollage, major retrospective of the late American artist. Both running 16 Mar to 16 Jun 2024.

StadsarchiefDéjà Vu, photo exhibition at the City Archives featuring local press photographer Erik Klein Wolterink. It shows the changing face of Amsterdam. Runs 26 Apr to 29 Sep 2024. Free entry

Jewish MuseumCharlotte Salomon in Close Up, exhibition exploring how film influenced the Charlotte Salomon’s world famous life’s work, Life? or Theater? Runs 19 Apr to 29 Sep 2024. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

Van Loon MuseumHome and the World, exhibition exploring the intricate connections between colonialism and nationalism. Runs 5 Apr to 7 Jul 2024.

Van Eesteren MuseumWomen of the AUP, exhibition looking at the contribution made by women architects to Amsterdam’s public works department. Runs 8 Mar to 6 Jun 2024.

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

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Body Worlds Amsterdam

ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo – One of the city’s premier visitor attractions – a magnificent zoo set in a large park in the picturesque Plantage area of the city. Book Artis Zoo tickets here

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

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

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Micropia Amsterdam

ARCAMUrban Sky Lab – Designing for drones in the city, exhibition about the future of drone use in Amsterdam. Runs 29 Mar to 30 Jun 2024.

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

These all inclusive passes may save you money on a well planned Amsterdam itinerary.

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Includes Keukenhof + other tours
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Sport in Amsterdam and the Netherlands (May 2024)

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs Almere City 12 May 2024 (1645)

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Johan Cruijff Arena stadium tour

It is possible to take a classic stadium tour of the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Festivals in Amsterdam (May 2024)

Rolling Kitchens – The Rollende Keukens food festival features dozens of mobile kitchens and food trucks offering appetising dishes plus live music. 16th edition is expected 8-12 May 2024 (1300-2300) at Westerpark in Amsterdam. Free entry

Fête du Champagne Festival – Wine and champagne-themed event in Rembrandtpark Amsterdam with French food and live music, runs 16-20 May 2024.

Amsterdam Art Week – This event features various art exhibitions, performances, screenings, debates and gallery tours. 12th edition runs over 29 May to 2 Jun 2024 at various galleries and project spaces around Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

Art On Paper Amsterdam – Fair which features artwork made with paper using pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, gouache or collage. Runs 9-12 May 2024 at Gashouder Amsterdam.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

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

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Boom Chicago Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam. 2 May 2024 (1930).

Lewis Black – The two-time Grammy award winning US comedian and actor performs his Off The Rail show at Meervaart Theater in Amsterdam on 14 May 2024.

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.

Other Events in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Amsterdam Dinner Cruise – Enjoy the lighter evenings by taking a 120 minute cruise around Amsterdam’s canals with a 3 course meal and drinks. Runs every Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat (1930) in May. Check Dinner Cruise availability here

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Amsterdam Dinner cruise

National Remembrance Day – Ceremony commemorating the war dead, held in Dam Square on 4 May. A 2 minute silence is held nationwide at 2000.

Netherlands Public Holidays – Thursday 9 May 2024 (Ascension Day), Monday 20 May 2024 (Whit Monday).

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 12 May 2024 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 19 May 2024 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 26 May 2024 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael. Free entry

Sunday Market – Market events with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 12 May 2024 (1100-1700) at De Hallen Free entry

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 19 May 2024 (1000-1800). Free entry

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 stands. 4-5 May 2024 (0900-1630).

The Maker Market – Weekend market features creative handmade products including jewelry, art and live music. Runs in the covered passage of De Hallen Amsterdam on 25 May 2024 (1100-1700) and 26 May 2024 (1200-1700). Free entry

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam (May 2024)

Nick Mulvey – 6/7 May, Paradiso
J Balvin – 8 May, Ziggo Dome
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – 18 May, Melkweg
I Prevail – 19 May, AFAS Live
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – 23 May, AFAS Live
Olivia Rodrigo – 24/25 May, Ziggo Dome
Nickelback – 26 May, Ziggo Dome
TOOL – 27 May, Ziggo Dome
Anouk – 29/31 May, Ziggo Dome

Amsterdam Transport Passes

The following multi-day transport tickets can help you get to the various events in and around Amsterdam:

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The AmsterdamTips.com What’s On in Amsterdam has been running monthly since 2008. 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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