On the first Saturday of November 50 museums in Amsterdam will throw open their doors overnight for the 14th annual Museum Night - a celebration of the cities cultural heritage enjoyed by thousands of people each year.
The event begins at 7pm on November 2 and in the seven hours that follow a special programme inspired by the museums and their collections will give visitors a different view of some of Europe’s most renowned museums.
Among the museums taking part in Museumnacht - which last year attracted more than 20,000 people - are the national Rijksmuseum, the Hermitage and the Jewish Historical Museum. But it is not just about the museums. The museum night programme features DJs, bands, film, food and drink, all designed to connect the cultural highlights of the city with a younger audience.
The Amsterdam Museum Night was organised for the first time in 2000, inspired by a similar project in Berlin, and was put together by a team of four museum staff and four students from the University of Amsterdam. The event was established as an annual event bringing together the city’s museums and in 2003 and foundation was set up to continue the work of producing a yearly programme. Today the museum night is one of the biggest dates in the Amsterdam calendar and it has been sold out for the last nine years.
Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, lying at the center of the Randstad, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. Getting there is easy if you book one of the frequent MyFerryLink cross-Channel ferries to France, with Amsterdam being around four hours away by car if you travel on one of the Dover ferries to Calais.
MyFerryLink offers up to 16 sailing between Dover and Calais every day and you can book your crossing from £29 one way by visiting our booking page on the website or by calling 0844 2482 100.
You can find out more about the event on the N8 website and from October 2 you can book tickets on the Museumnacht Amsterdam website.