A look at what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in November 2023. Our listings include special events, festivals, sports, exhibitions, concerts and anything else of interest!
Museums, Exhibitions & Attractions in Amsterdam (November 2023)
Fabrique des Lumières – Best Seller Immersive exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary artists using cutting-edge technology with light projections and music. Main exhibition is Salvador Dalí, The Endless Enigma with works of the celebrated artist set to the music of the legendary Pink Floyd. Alongside there is the spectacular display Gaudí, Architect of the Imaginary. Runs 10 Mar 2023 to 7 Jan 2024. Book Fabrique des Lumières tickets here
Fabrique des Lumières – Best Seller Destination Cosmos is an immersive space-themed visual exhibition which takes you through a maze of stars, planets, nebulae and supernovae. Runs 14 Oct 2023 to 7 Jan 2024. Book Destination Cosmos tickets here
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, shows and performances. The Defining Moments Exhibit covers 4 decades of electronic music from Kraftwerk to superstar DJ’s. Book Our House tickets here
STRAAT – A totally unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000m² warehouse at NDSM wharf in Amsterdam which showcases some 150 artworks, all made on-site. Urban Artivism, exhibition of artists promoting environmental awareness. Runs 13 Oct 2023 to 28 Jan 2024. Book STRAAT tickets here
Amaze Amsterdam – Best Seller An immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages which varies from intense, interactive to relaxing. Excellent for a group activity. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here
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
House of Bols – Stimulate your senses at the Cocktail & Genever Experience – featuring the Lucas Bols brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575. Book House of Bols tickets here
Nxt Museum – The first “new media art” museum in the Netherlands which has large-scale, multi-sensory immersive exhibitions. Realtime, a rotating showcase presenting a selection of artists using boundary-pushing technologies. Runs 15 May to 31 Dec 2023. Located in the Amsterdam North district. Book Nxt Museum tickets here
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
Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen at Rijksmuseum, a selection of exceptional art from the collection of the noted Rotterdam museum. Runs 29 Sep 2023 to 14 Jan 2024. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here
Van Gogh Museum – Best Seller Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Van Gogh along the Seine, exhibition of how Van Gogh and his contemporaries captured the river Seine. Runs 13 Oct 2023 to 14 Jan 2024. Pokemon x Van Gogh Museum exhibition runs 28 Sep 2023 to 7 Jan 2024. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here
Nieuwe Kerk – The Great Indonesia Exhibition, major exhibition in the New Church on Dam Square focusing on the history of the largest archipelago in the world. Runs 21 Oct 2023 to 1 Apr 2024.
RTXP Amsterdam – New art experience museum in Amsterdam which shows replicas of 50 of the world’s most famous paintings. Book RTXP Amsterdam 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]
WONDR Experience – A fun and immersive pop-up experience in Amsterdam for both adults and children alike. Book WONDR tickets here
The Upside Down Museum Amsterdam – Best Seller Large interactive museum and Instagram experience which includes 25 mind-bending rooms. Located near RAI Amsterdam. Book Upside Down Museum tickets here
Rembrandt House – Visit the house where Rembrandt lived and worked. Framing Rembrandt, an exhibition of the many faces of Rembrandt through art, documents and film. Runs 4 Nov 2023 to 5 Feb 2024. Book Rembrandt House tickets here
Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A new 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
Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. Martin Wong, Malicious Mischief, major survey exhibition of the Chinese-American artist. Runs 3 Nov 2023 to 1 Apr 2024. Nan Goldin, This Will Not End Well, retrospective exhibition of the American artist. Runs 7 Oct 2023 to 28 Jan 2024. Book Stedelijk tickets here
H’ART Museum – The renamed former Hermitage Museum presents its inaugural exhibition Julius Caesar, I came, I saw, I met my doom – about the life of the iconic Roman general. Runs 16 Sep 2023 to 20 May 2024.
Wereldmuseum Amsterdam – Ethnographic museum (formerly Tropenmuseum) featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Divas, Inspiration and immersion in Arab music and cinema runs 8 Mar 2023 to 3 Mar 2024. Plastic Crush, exhibition about the world’s changing relationship with plastic, from useful product to plastic waste. Runs 5 Nov 2022 to 21 Apr 2024. Book Wereldmuseum Amsterdam tickets here
Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. News From the Future, exhibition on what the future of fashion could looks like. Runs 27 Oct 2023 to 16 Jan 2024. Book Fashion For Good tickets here
Royal Palace – Visit the imposing palace on Dam Square including the magnificent Citizen’s Hall. Book Royal Palace tickets here
FOAM Photography Museum – Carlijn Jacobs Sleeping Beauty, exhibition from the Dutch photographer enriched with designs from Sabine Marcelis. Runs 6 Oct 2023 to 21 Jan 2024. Book FOAM tickets here
Huis Marseille – Tarrah Krajnak, major exhibition of the work of Peruvian-American artist. Eddo Hartmann, The Sacrifice Zone, photo exhibition featuring the steppe of Kazakhstan by the Dutch photographer. Both run 28 Oct 2023 to 25 Feb 2024.
MAQAM – The creative space in Amsterdam West presents Dana Lixenberg – Tupac Biggie, famed portraits of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG from the Dutch photographer. Runs 20 Oct 2023 to 1 Feb 2024.
Stadsarchief – To Dance is to be Free. Club Culture in Amsterdam From 1980 Until Today, exhibition featuring photos, personal stories, historical flyers, immersive videos, exceptional visual art, valuable documents and unique objects. Runs 14 Oct 2023 to 18 Feb 2024.
Allard Pierson Museum – Face to Face: The People Behind Mummy Portraits, exhibition about ancient Egyptian mummy portraits. Runs 6 Oct 2023 to 25 Feb 2024. Book Allard Pierson tickets here
Van Loon Museum – Euphrates, Heritage, Eternity, exhibition in the coach house about the important archaeological work of Maurits van Loon in Syria. Runs 22 Sep 2023 to 14 Jan 2024.
Oude Kerk – Amsterdam’s Old Church presents Merdith Monk: Calling, a retrospective presentation of the American contemporary music icon. Runs 21 Oct 2023 to 17 Mar 2024. Book Oude Kerk tickets here
Jewish Museum – Sol LeWitt, exhibition of works from the late Jewish artist. Runs 30 Oct 2023 to 31 Mar 2024. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here
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 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 ARTIS Micropia tickets here
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam – Best Seller Get your celebrity fill by visiting the ever-popular wax work museum on Dam Square. Book Madame Tussauds Amsterdam tickets here
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
EYE Filmmuseum – Janis Rafa, Feed me. Cheat me. Eat me. Solo exhibition by the Greek-born visual artist and filmmaker Janis Rafa. Runs 14 Oct 2023 to 7 Jan 2024. Book EYE Film Museum tickets here
Tot Zover – Delicious Death, exhibition at the Dutch Funeral Museum on how food plays a role in the moments surrounding death. Runs 9 Jun 2023 to 11 Feb 2024. Book Tot Zover Museum tickets here
De Hallen – I Have To Touch This, exhibition of static forms that depict motion and appear smooth and light. Created by artist Kira Fröse, held in De Passage at De Hallen Amsterdam. Runs 8 Sep to 14 Dec 2023. Free entry
Framer Framed – Performing Colonial Toxicity, exhibition about French nuclear testing in Algeria in the 1960s. Runs 8 Oct to 14 Jan 2023. Free entry
COBRA (Amstelveen) – Cobra 75: A Cry for Freedom! Exhibition celebrating 75 years of the Cobra art movement. Runs 20 Oct 2023 to 14 Apr 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.
|Most attractions + city transport||Includes some tour excursions||Includes Van Gogh Museum|
|I amsterdam City Card||GO City Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass||Tiqets Amsterdam Digital Pass|
|1/2/3/4/5 days||2/3/5 days||package deal|
|€60 – €125||€84 – €124||€62|
|70 attractions + transport + canal cruise + bike rental||Over 25 attractions/tours + canal cruise + bike rental||Rijksmuseum + Van Gogh Museum + canal cruise|
|excludes Anne Frank House / Van Gogh Museum / tours||excludes Anne Frank House / Van Gogh Museum / transport||excludes any other attractions|
|Book here||Book here||Book here|
Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands (November 2023)
Netherlands home international (Euro 2024 qualifier):
Netherlands vs Ireland 18 Nov 2023 (2045) – Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruijff ArenA Amsterdam:
Ajax vs FC Volendam 2 Nov 2023 (2000)
Ajax vs SC Heerenveen 5 Nov 2023 (1645)
Ajax vs Brighton & Hove Albion 9 Nov 2023 (1845) – Europa League
Ajax vs Vitesse 25 Nov 2023 (2100)
It is possible to take a classic stadium tour of the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Book Johan Cruijff Arena Tour tickets here
Olympic Stadium Run – The Olympischstadionloop is a 800m/5km/10km running event which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium in the south of Amsterdam. Expected 12 Nov 2023.
Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.
Jumping Indoor Maastricht – Indoor international equestrian event held at MECC Maastricht. Runs 10-13 Nov 2023.
See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam
Festivals in Amsterdam (November 2023)
IDFA 2023 – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Annual event (35th edition) showing a wide variety of thought-provoking documentaries. Main locations at Pathé Tuschinski, Het Ketelhuis, de Brakke Grond theatre. Expected 8-19 Nov 2023.
Imagine Fantastic Film Festival – Well-established international film festival showing sci-fi, cult, fantasy and horror films. 39th edition is expected 25 Oct to 4 Nov 2023 at FilmHallen en LAB111 in Amsterdam.
Cirque Mystique Magic Festival – 2nd edition of the festival event featuring a mix of electronic music with circus performers. Runs 25-26 Nov 2023 at Hembrugterrein in Zaandam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam and Netherlands (November 2023)
Affordable Art Fair – International art fair with art objects under €7,500 for sale. At Kromhouthal on the north bank of the IJ, expected 1-5 Nov 2023.
UNFAIR23 – The 7th edition of Unfair Amsterdam hosts solo presentations from up-and-coming and established artists. Expected at Gashouder (Westergas) Amsterdam on 16-19 Nov 2023.
PAN Amsterdam – Large international fair for art, antiques and design with over 100 galleries and dealers. Scheduled for 19-26 Nov 2023 at RAI Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Tech Job Fair – Job fair event aimed at IT, Sales & Marketing professionals on 2 Nov 2023 (1800-2100) at Social Hub Amsterdam West.
IAMExpat Fair The Hague – One-day event connecting the expat community with various stands, workshops and presentations. Event due at Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague on 4 Nov 2023 (1000-1700).
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam (November 2023)
Boom Chicago – Great night out at the popular comedy and improv theatre show in English – with bar and table service. At the Rozentheater in Amsterdam. Book a Boom Chicago show here
Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam. 2 Nov 2023 (1930).
Seann Walsh – The UK stand-up comedian plays Boom Chicago in Amsterdam on 27 Nov 2023.
Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam (November 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.
A Christmas Carol – The famous Charles Dickens novel is brought to the stage by the Orange Theatre Company in Amsterdam, various shows (in English) running 24 Nov to 3 Dec 2023.
An Orchestral Rendition of Dr. Dre: 2001 – A combination of a traditional orchestra merging with a modern live hip-hop music. At Panama Amsterdam on 3 Nov 2023.
Shot in the Dark – A 15 piece orchestra plays classic film and TV themes. Runs at 26 Nov 2023 (1500) at Amstelkerk in Amsterdam.
Other Events in and around Amsterdam
Sinterklaas Arrives – The Dutch version of Santa Claus (or St Nicholas) makes his annual arrival by boat in Amsterdam on Sunday 19 Nov 2023. This marks the start of the festive season – Sinterklaas is usually celebrated around 5 December.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
Amsterdam Dinner Cruise – 120 minute evening cruise around Amsterdam’s canals with a 4 course meal and drinks. Runs every Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat (1930) in November. Tickets are limited in number so please check Amsterdam Dinner Cruise availability here
Market Events in Amsterdam
Sunday Market – Market events with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 5 Nov 2023 (1200-1800) at Westergas. Free entry
Homeware Market – Monthly market (from the Sunday Market team) in the passage hall of De Hallen Amsterdam with home accessories, art, ceramics, jewellery and fashion. Runs 12 Nov 2023 (1100-1700). Free entry
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 19 Nov 2023 (1000-1800). Free entry
IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 400 indoor stands. 18-19 Nov 2023 (0900-1630).
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam (November 2023)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – 5 Nov, AFAS Live
Lloyd Cole – 6 Nov, Melkweg
Level 42 – 11 Nov, Paradiso
The Darkness – 24 Nov, Melkweg
The Prodigy – 29 Nov, Ziggo Dome
Sting – 30 Nov, AFAS Live
Amsterdam Transport Passes
The following multi-day transport tickets can help you get to the various events in and around Amsterdam:
|Best Value & Validity||Best for AMS airport||Best for Excursions|
|Unlimited GVB Day/Multi-Day tickets||Amsterdam Travel Ticket||Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket|
|1-7 days||1/2/3 days||1/2/3 days|
|€9-€41, child €4.50/day||€18/€24/€30||€21/€31.50/€40.50|
|Valid on all GVB transport (trams/metro/buses) in Amsterdam||Valid on all GVB transport in Amsterdam + airport train/bus||Valid on all GVB transport in Amsterdam + regional train/bus|
|24 hour basis||Calendar day basis||Calendar day basis|
|Order here||Order here||Order here|
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