Grey clouds are knitted together across the November sky and the temperatures have dropped to the single digits. Late autumn can feel a bit miserable at times and it may be difficult to find a silver lining. That’s why this month’s Concierge’s Choice is focussed on all things fun and exciting. From colourful museum experiences to upbeat musical acts to fascinating Amsterdam neighborhoods, here’s a selection of things to add a little splendour to your day.
Wondr Experience, Meeuwenlaan 88
Release your inner child at the Wondr Experience in Amsterdam Noord. Wondr is a candy-coloured, indoor playground experience for the young and the young at heart. Dive into a pool of marshmallows, snap an Instagram-worthy picture inside of a kaleidoscope and draw your own creations on the wall. If you’re looking for a dreamy, glittery escape from reality, then Wondr is the place to go. Corona safety measures are in place – and be sure to book your ticket online before visiting.
Nemo Science Museum, Oosterdok 2
Fascination with the human body has grown exponentially this year. What fortuitous timing that the Nemo Science Museum has finally opened the renovated and updated Humania exhibition. This exhibition takes a deep dive into what makes us, us. Learn about the body, our sociology and psychology with interactive displays and informative art pieces, like the 8.5-metre sculpture ‘A Handstand’ by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. To curb boredom at home, Nemo also offers a great selection of experiments you can conduct in your own living room.
MidWest Radio, Cabralstraat 1
Gloomy November evenings are best spent with friends, sitting in a cosy cafe and listening to a live music act. The organisers at MidWest Amsterdam had exactly the same thought, so for the autumn and winter they’re putting together a weekly – and corona-friendly – live music show called MidWest Radio. Straddling all genres from jazz to electronic to classical, MidWest believes that music and a good atmosphere will continue to get us through these unprecedented times. Book tickets online as they’re not sold at the door.
Zevenlandenhuizen, Roemer Visscherstraat 32II
Sometimes the best sights are hidden down a sidestreet. Such is the case for the Zevenlandenhuizen, the Houses of Seven Countries. Lovers of great architecture should visit this row of 19th century houses in the elegant Zuid neighborhood, just off of the Museumplein. Built by architect Tjeerd Kuipers in 1894, each of the seven houses represents a different European country. See if you can guess which house belongs to which nation (if you get stuck, there’s a plaque on each building to help you out).