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Museum calendar & exhibitions in Amsterdam: April 2024 update with 8 exhibition tips

22 April 2024
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Did you know that in Amsterdam, there are more than 60 different museums? Each month comes with an exciting list of new exhibitions to explore. From Rijksmuseum to Stedelijk Museum, FOAM or STRAAT Museum. There’s so much to discover in Amsterdam. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate museum agenda & exhibitions guide in Amsterdam with 9 tips to visit in April 2024. So, in one handy overview, you’ll discover the best tips to see this month.

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MUSEUM AGENDA & EXHIBITIONS IN AMSTERDAM: April 2024

MATTHEW WONG | VINCENT VAN GOGH

Discover the story of Chinese-Canadian artist Matthew Wong, who began painting at the age of 27 and developed a unique style inspired by Van Gogh. This exhibition explores the deep connection between both artists, both artistically and personally.
Until September 1, 2024, Van Gogh Museum – vangoghmuseum.nl

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Marina Abramović

Explore the rich artistic heritage of Marina Abramović in the largest Dutch overview ever! More than 60 significant works reveal fifty years of performance art, from her early days to her current solo work.
Until Juli 14, 2024, Stedelijk Museum – stedelijk.nl

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FOAM TALENT

Foam presents the work of a new generation of artists in the group exhibition Foam Talent 2024-2025. The 20 visionary photographers, selected from 2,480 entries from 106 countries, offer a view on contemporary themes. The exhibition deeply explores how individual identity relates to the collective. Using various media and techniques, an extensive story is told, leveraging the power of photography to establish connections between past and present.
Until 22nd May 2024, FOAM – foam.org

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Tjalf Sparnaay – The Bigger Picture

With ‘The Bigger Picture’ anniversary exhibition, Museum JAN in Amstelveen celebrates the 70th birthday of artist Tjalf Sparnaay. Over 60 works from various collections highlight his oeuvre, from early illustrations to the newest food paintings. Sparnaay is known for his hyperrealistic paintings of everyday objects.
Until 16nd July 2024, Museum Jan – museumjan.nl

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FROM VERMEER TO VAN GOGH, DUTCH MASTERS

At Fabrique des Lumiers, they are in full swing setting up the new exhibition Dutch Masters. The finest artworks from Vermeer to van Gogh, they are all to be seen in the upcoming exhibition.
Fabrique des Lumiers – fabrique-lumieres.com

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UNDER/wear

An entire exhibition about… underwear! Underwear has played and still plays an important role. From corsets to hoop skirts, bras, and shapewear, everything that is necessary to meet beauty ideals. At the Rijksmuseum, you can admire the most beautiful underwear, including that of Hendrik Casimir, Count of Nassau-Dietz.
Until June 16, 2024, Rijksmuseum – rijksmuseum.nl

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COSMIC REALISM

The Eye Filmmuseum presents Cosmic Realism, the first retrospective exhibition featuring works by artists Paravel and Castaing-Taylor. They constantly strive to create an innovative cinematic language that transcends traditional, human-centered perspectives in anthropology.
Until May 20, 2024, Eye Filmmuseum – eyefilm.nl

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RANDOM INTERNATIONAL – NXT MUSEUM

The post-digital art group Random International is presenting a new exhibition at NXT Museum. The exhibition takes you on an audiovisual journey, tracing the evolution of the art group since their inception in 2006 to the artists’ creative process to the present
Until June 30, 2024, NXT Museum – nxtmuseum.com

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GRAND MARCH – A HISTORIC HOUSE THROUGH A BALLROOM LENS

‘Grand March: A Historic House through a Ballroom Lens’ is an exhibition in collaboration with House of Vineyard, the first ballroom house in the Netherlands. House of Vineyard fills the rooms of Huis Willet-Holthuysen with installations featuring fashion, jewellery, photography, and visual art, celebrating ballroom culture as a tribute to queerness and a powerful statement of determination.
Huis Willet-Holthuysen – amsterdammuseum.nl

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more Amsterdam tips

Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
(DIGITAL) ART EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
FOOD EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
BEST BIKE TOURS IN AMSTERDAM:
Fatbike e-bike tour (also to Amsterdam North)
Rent a bike by yourself and explore like a local
Outside of Amsterdam: windmills & Zaanse Schans
3 hour biketour: backstreets & hidden gems
FIRST TIME VISIT TO AMSTERDAM – MUST SEE & DO’S:
Private Canal Boat Tour
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
Canal Cruise in the evening
INSTAGRAM MUSEUMS IN AMSTERDAM:
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Youseum
The Upside Down
DAY TRIPS FROM AMSTERDAM:
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour
⋙ Catch a direct train from Amsterdam to Antwerp, Brussels, London or Paris, starting at € 20,-! Check tickets & prices >>
AMSTERDAM WITH KIDS:
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
SPIRNG / SUMMER IN AMSTERDAM:
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
FALL / WINTER IN AMSTERDAM:
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
TOP LUXURY // €€€
Pillows Maurits at the Park: this newly opened hotel is all about luxury.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: recently renovated, this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
W Amsterdam: with lively restaurants and a posh rooftop bar with swimming pool.
VERY VERY NICE // €€
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals with great all day bar.
Hotel Jakarta: the most sustainable hotel ánd great value for money with a spa.
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam from the North side.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Hotel Dwars: small scale and around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Hotel Mercier: pretty new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city by MGallery.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel with restaurant in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
Ruby Emma: eco design hotel with a great skybar near Amstel station.
AFFORDABLE (FOR AMSTERDAM PRICES) // €
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Social Hub budget proof in trendy East district close tho the subway.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with several locations in Amsterdam.

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb and @yourlbb.amsterdam you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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