Amsterdam’s often damp and drizzly weather is a fact of life that we unfortunately cannot change. However what we can do this November is to throw ourselves fully into arts and culture, thereby avoiding the chilly outdoors. An added bonus is that nothing gives us a glow quite like a day spent at the museum. So lace up your boots, pack a camera and enjoy these four cultural recommendations.
Arguably the biggest museum event in the year, the annual Amsterdam Museum Night is a fantastic choice for visitors who want to experience classic and contemporary art as well as history, science and technology in a unique way. On November 2, 57 of Amsterdam’s museums are opening their doors not only to display their treasures, but to also offer many workshops, activities and performances to further enrich the evening.
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1
For those who might want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Museum Night, we recommend narrowing your focus on one key exhibition. Rembrandt-Velázquez, currently on view at the Rijksmuseum until 19 January 2020, explores the stylistic similarities between Dutch and Spanish masters. With more than 60 masterpieces on display, take your time to peruse and consider the dialogues on beauty, realism and eternity. It’s the must-see exhibition of the season.
Amsterdam Art Weekend
A contemporary twist is waiting for you at the venues participating in Amsterdam Art Weekend, from Friday 22 November until Sunday 24 November. Feed your love for modern art while taking in the classics at the Stedelijk Museum or at Foam. If you’re in the market for a new piece to hang over your Vitra sideboard, you can choose from a great selection at niche galleries. For a more hands-on take, visit institutions like the Rijksakademie and De Ateliers, which are open to the public to see what the artists of tomorrow are currently working on.
National Opera & Ballet, Amstel 3
Epic and exciting: Don’t miss the final performances of Richard Wagner’s famous opera Die Walküre at the National Opera & Ballet. Produced by the Dutch opera’s artistic director Pierre Audi, prepare yourself for a beautifully dramatic portrayal of the interplay between love and power, accompanied by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. There is no better way to liven up a cool November night.
Special tip: End the day with a nightcap in front of our inviting fireplace. It’s the perfect place to reminisce and discuss the impressions of the day before heading up for a good night’s rest.