The sleek white building in Amsterdam Noord tempts from across the water. Come watch a movie or view the permanent and special exhibits at EYE, the film museum on the IJ.
EYE FILM MUSEUM ••• MUSEUM, CINEMA AND CAFE WITH A VIEW
The EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the Dutch center for film culture and heritage, aims to foster a viable film industry in the Netherlands and to promote Dutch film at home and abroad.
In addition, the EYE is also devoted to educating the public about film in general and promoting this art form through exhibits, film screenings, workshops and discussions.
The new building across the IJ from Amsterdam Central Station has been open since April 2012. The stunning building resembles a giant eye (at least I think so), and contains exhibit space, cinemas and a cafe with a view.
In the Basement, EYE makes its collection accessible to the public, for free!
Visit the Panorama, a room where you are surrounded on all sides by film fragments grouped by themes. Further explore the EYE’s collection in a Pod, a small viewing capsule where you can watch film excerpts in private. Then check out the Playground, where film is presented in an interactive way.
In addition to the free permanent collection in the Basement, the EYE also hosts special exhibits. These exhibits cover a diverse array of filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick, Johan van der Keuken, and Fellini.
The current special exhibit on through January 17, 2016 is about Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni.
Tickets are typically €10 for adult admission, with discounts for students and those +65. Buy your tickets online for a small discount, and remember that the EYE ticket office only accepts credit card and PIN, no cash! A Cineville pass can be purchased for €18 per month which allows unlimited movies at EYE and 12 other theaters in Amsterdam.
For those who are learning Dutch or visitors who are interested in Dutch films but do not speak the language, the EYE has a special event on the third Wednesday of each month called Dutch Movies English Subtitles. A favorite Dutch film is chosen and English subtitles are included.
EYE BAR & RESTAURANT
Called the EYE bar-restaurant, this cafe with an outdoor terrace has an amazing location on the water with killer views of Amsterdam. The food is tasty too! Open daily for lunch and dinner or just grab a coffee before touring the museum or a glass of wine before catching a film.
The THT restaurant which is just in front of the ferry is also a terrific choice for lunch, dinner or a quick snack.
GETTING TO THE EYE MUSEUM
One of the most fun things about the EYE is getting there! Hop on a free ferry boat behind Amsterdam Centraal. The ferry ride to “Buiksloterweg” takes about two minutes, and ferries generally leave every 15 minutes. When you step off the boat turn left and make the short stroll to the museum.
Check the EYE website for more information on ticket office and exhibit opening times.
EYE Film Instituut Nederland
IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam
Helpful hint: If you plan to visit more than three museums within the year, we recommend the Museumkaart. The price of €59 is worth it as entrance to each museum is around €15-20 for adults.
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