Museumnacht Amsterdam 2019: everything you need to know

Over 32,000 people will flock to Museumnacht Amsterdam 2019, inspired by a night of open doors, jaw-dropping exhibits, and unique once-off exhibitions. How can you join in? We’ve got everything you need to know about Museumnacht Amsterdam 2019, from what it is, what you should so, and how you can join the fun. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tickets for 2019 are now officially sold out! Check out some reputable ticket swap websites and be smart to try and get your hands on one!

Museumnacht literally translates to Museum Night. While the name alone may conjure up the 2006 film Night at the Museum, you won’t be seeing the classic duo Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson here. Instead, Museumnacht Amsterdam promises a smorgasbord of cultural events, music and artistic expression in varying forms- easily a better offering than the movie!

What is Museumnacht Amsterdam – and where is it?

Museumnacht Amsterdam is an incredibly interesting, dynamic and a much anticipated annual event, much like many of the cultural events hosted in the Netherlands. It’s a one-off night where a stack of Amsterdam museums offer ultimate access, unique activities, incredible music, and delicious food. 

When you consider how many museums are peppered about the Netherlands, it’s understandable Museumnacht is not just unique to Amsterdam (hallelujah!). At other times of the year, Rotterdam, The Hague and Leiden (to name just a few of Amsterdam’s charming siblings) host their own Museumnachts. But let’s dive deep into the upcoming Amsterdam event!

Everything is art at Museumnacht 2019. Image: Oscar Aukes/Museumnacht

During Museumnacht Amsterdam you can visit whichever museums are participating in the 2019 Museumnacht Amsterdam program, giving you an incredible opportunity to visit as many museums as you can fit into the evening!

When is Museumnacht?

The 20th annual Museumnacht Amsterdam takes place on Saturday November  2, 2019. The festivities begin at 7 pm and round out late at 2 am – that means it’s is your chance to see if any of the exhibits do come to life a la the movie!

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and aesthetics you’re seeing at your chosen museums on 2 November isn’t a problem either! This year you can mentally bookmark the museums you want to return to and sort through those feelings. Your ticket for the evening also allows you one repeat visit between 3 November 2019 and 31 December 2019!

Who is Museumnacht Amsterdam for?

Museums are the playgrounds of the middle-aged and seniors, right? Of course not! In fact, in this case it’s much the opposite. Museumnacht is overwhelmingly attended by under 35’s, making up 80% of tickets sold. That also means tickets are selling fast – go go go! (UPDATE: tickets are now sold out!)

What is there to see at Museumnacht?

Personally, in my tickets seven hours, I’m planning to have my cup runneth over with cultural stimulation and fun.

One event I’m personally looking forward to this year is Forties Fashion at the Resistance Museum – this exhibition also has a follow on event where you can get 40’s makeup done by makeup artists (really taking your experience to the next level!)

MuseumNacht 2019
Museumnacht will caress or assault all your senses. Image: RachelEcclestone/Museumnacht

TNO Sound Invites Various DJs is another event I’m mentally gearing up for at the Stedelijk Museum. The program promises it will be ‘a cross-border evening full of fashion and music inspired by Paris then and now.’ I’ve visited the Stedelijk in the day-time and I’m looking forward to a whole new experience in the nighttime!

But this is only a thimble of the range of activities that are on offer on the evening – check out the full program to find the one that takes your fancy.

What can you eat at Museumnacht Amsterdam?

There’s also some drool-worthy food on offer over the evening. If you’re thinking of going vegan like me (a decision which is currently still in the ‘potential’ phase because I love halloumi a little too much), then a visit to Vegan Fat Break at the Maritime Museum could be the perfect fuel for all that uhmming and ahhing over the art. 

Image: Jaap Beyleveld/Museumnacht

How can I go to Museumnacht Amsterdam?

A night of fun events, food, drinks and getting to feel cultured and sophisticated all for one €22.50 ticket? Count me all the way in! Tickets can only be purchased on the website and not through participating museums.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tickets for 2019 are now officially sold out! Check out some reputable ticket swap websites and be smart to try and get your hands on one!

Planning on heading over to Museumnacht Amsterdam 2019? Let us know what events you’re looking forward to in the comments below!

Feature Image: Tomas Mutsaers/Museumnacht 2018

Shaakira Vania
Shaakira Vania
20-something year old traveller, coconut lover (Seriously-anything coconut), and Libran. I recently made the cross-continent move to Amsterdam and spend my weekends exploring the country, meeting new people and telling myself I will finish a book every month (a promise I'm yet to keep). If I had to sum myself up in three words they would be: quirky, curious, and meme-lover.


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