museumnacht (amsterdam)

On Saturday, November 5th, 45 museums across the city of Amsterdam opened their doors from 7pm to 2am for the 12th edition of Museumnacht, or “Museum Night.” It’s no surprise that tickets sold out the morning of the event (26,000 tickets!) Here’s a map of the center of Amsterdam and a list of museums that participated in this years’ Museumnacht…

With so many museums to visit, so many different lectures and workshops and exhibitions to explore, multiple performances and DJs to see… It was hard to decide on where to go. The first museum on our list? The Tropenmuseum (Linaeusstraat 2), one of Europe’s leading ethnographic museums. The exhibition, “Death Matters,” wasn’t quite the upbeat start to the night we were looking for, so off we went…

To the newly opened Tattoo Museum (Plantage Middenlaan 62)!

The best part? Mexican bites and drinks in the outdoor ‘barn,’ accompanied by a Johnny Cash tribute band named, “Boys named Sue” and line dancing…

From there, it was a short bike ride to the Jewish Historical Museum (Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1) for a brief glance at the new exhibition, “Saul Leiter: New York Reflections,” a listen to New York jazz yet heading out before attempting to bake bagels or pimp tshirts…

From there, we were off to the Van Gogh Museum (Paulus Potterstraat 7) for a quick walk past through the permanent collection (you know, just hanging out among the Sunflowers and The Bedroom, no big deal) and a sneak peak of the new exhibition, “Snapshot: Painting and photography 1888-1915” while Superstijl pumped out tunes on the main floor…

So much going on at Foam this week! After the exhibition “What’s Next? The Future of the Photography Museum” opening at the new Vijzelstraat location and the Keizersgracht location on Friday evening, we decided to visit the Foam Pop-In for the last time at the Museumplein (the location closed that evening), for a performance by Vancouver-based musician, Dirty Beaches

A little tired at this point, we made up back up to De Oude Kerk, or “The Old Church” (Oudekerksplein 23) in the Red Light District for a Brazilian-themed party of caipirinha’s, Brazilian music and samba and other wild art installations, as well as live Brazilian waxing (not so sure how I felt about that part…)

And last but not least, a visit to W139 (Warmoesstraat 139), a place for contemporary art in the old center of Amsterdam, where Red Light Radio presented Moon & SunSafe SwimWasted Years Of Pumping IronClub Hope,Hallo? Met Ben Penn and Firestone

It was a great evening, can’t wait for next year’s Museumnacht already. Visit for more Amsterdam museum-related tips throughout the year.


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