Eye Film Museum Overview

Enter the magical world of films at the Eye Film Museum, the internationally renowned hub of Dutch film heritage. Visit the national film museum of the Netherlands to indulge in screenings of classics and modern films, both local and global and covering diverse genres. Eye Film Museum boasts a massive collection of cinematic memorabilia, intriguing exhibitions, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Immerse in the vibrant cultural traditions of Amsterdam as you visit the Eye Film Museum, one of the most popular family-friendly attractions of the lively city. Renowned as the only film museum in the Netherlands, Eye Film Museum is the national centre for Dutch film culture and heritage. With stunning modern architecture and its prime location along the IJ river, the museum is an Amsterdam icon that attracts visitors with its massive collection of Dutch and foreign films.

The Eye Film Museum is a film archive, museum, and cinema, where tourists can watch the finest classics and modern films in four state-of-the-art theaters. Film screenings are a daily calendar activity, with numerous cinematic masterpieces being shown throughout the day. Apart from watching films, visitors can explore seasonal exhibitions inspired by the world of cinema. Visiting Panorama, the permanent presentation which traces film history through various film devices, is an exciting and unmissable experience suitable for film enthusiasts as well as kids. Explore this cinematic haven with our Best Europe Packages.

Admire the eye-catching architecture of the museum and indulge in stunning views of the Amsterdam waterfront as you relish sumptuous meals and beverages at Eye Bar Restaurant. Explore the exclusive retail collection of Eye Shop and lose yourselves in the diverse film material collection of Eye Study on your tour of Eye Film Museum.

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• Witness a national treasure of the Netherlands as you explore the Eye Film Museum which is the only film museum in the nation.
• Renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, Eye Film Museum boasts stunning modern architecture and unmissable views of the Amsterdam waterfront.
• Indulge in classic and modern local and global films from diverse genres at the four state-of-the-art theatres of the Eye Film Museum.
• Attend film screenings of classics in fine print and the latest films at one of the many shows conducted daily at the museum.
• Explore a massive collection of digitised films, unique filmmaker archives, posters, historical and current film magazines, photos, books, and much more at the Eye Study.
• Stroll through Panorama, the permanent presentation of Eye Film Museum that traces film history through a unique collection of old and modern film devices.
• Dine with your loved ones at Eye Bar Restaurant and shop for film memorabilia at Eye Shop.

How To Reach

By Ferry: Take the IJzijde exit from Amsterdam Central Station and hop on a ferry towards Buiksloterweg which will take 3 minutes to reach the Eye Film Museum.

By Car/ cab: The Museum is 30km away from the airport which can be covered in 25 minutes. The cab or car will drop you in front of the main gate of the museum.  

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Best Time To Visit

One can visit this extravagant museum anytime throughout the year. Although the summer months are apt to visit this museum as the temperature is soothing and favourable to tour the city. The winter months are freezing so many people avoid going.

Check out for the weather suitable for you so that you can explore every corner of this stunning place. It receives more visitors on Fridays of the week. Other than Friday, you can see a normal crowd at the museum.

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History of EYE-Film Museum

This museum nestles in the overhoeks neighborhood of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It opened its doors in 2012 for the people to explore the earliest artifacts of the Dutch cinema, many of which date back to 1895. It is renowned as the cinematic memory of the Netherlands, it is no exaggeration to say that it has displayed the history of Dutch and foreign films screened in England.

It has brought the history alive at its place from the very equipment, photos, and documentaries to the equipment used to capture the films. This museum got its design by the Viennese firm architects Delugan Meisel associated architects. From the time of its inauguration, this museum is welcoming a large number of visitors on all days of the week.

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Architecture of EYE-Film Museum

The eye-catching architecture of the eye film institute was created by the famous Viennese Firm named Delugan Meisel associated architects. It has a perfect design balancing all its factors of inviting, impressive and imposing. With an appropriate blend of space, light, and movement, this place is an architectural masterpiece in itself.

From its every corner, this place offers distinct viewpoints thus defining its interaction with the geometry, designing, and surroundings. It is created as a multi-functional space in itself that houses a museum, exhibition space, a restaurant, and a kid’s playground.

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Places to Visit near EYE-Film Museum

1. Adam’s Lookout

Glance at the unrivaled views of the city of Amsterdam from the rooftop of the Adam Tower in Amsterdam North. It is an iconic viewpoint that offers unmatchable views as one gets from the Eiffel tower, the London Eye and the Fernsehturm.

Another thrilling part of this place is Europe’s highest swing almost 100 meters above the ground. Get a free digital photo on your visit to this place where you can enjoy lip-smacking food and drinks. It accepts payments through cards only.

2. The Comedy Embassy

This place is open five days a week and will make you laugh your heart out. The rocking onstage performances with talented comedians from all over the world are organized every night from Monday to Friday. 

3. Shelter

Looking for a place to treat yourself with some great drinks? Visit this great place to experience a thrilling nightlife in Amsterdam. From the foot-tapping techno/trance/house style of music to great interiors, this place offers the best party vibes for any occasion.

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Shop in EYE-Film Museum

This shop at the eye film museum is the mecca for every film fan. From the special autobiographies and academic publications to documentaries, eye catalogs and feature films on DVD; this place is heaven for all the cinema lovers.

It also got into the top ten list of The Guardian’s Museum Shop. Different categories of toys, gadgets, T-shirts, and memorabilia starting from Star Wars to the original soundtrack of “A Space Odyssey” are available at this shop.

One can also buy gift cards as souvenirs for your people that they can spend on the visits here including in the shop and restaurant. Overall this place has everything to make everyone happy.

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Restaurant in EYE-Film Museum

Reserve your table in advance to hustle free exploration and dining at the restaurant in the Eye Film Museum. One can glance at the stunning views of Amsterdam’s Central Station and IJ Harbour while feasting at the restaurant. A wow factor is exhibited in both its food and place.

This place is open daily for coffee, lunch, dinner, and drinks. The extravagant interiors of the restaurant add more experience to the Dutch dishes offered here. Mostly reservations are possible for dinner and not lunch. One can book tables for larger groups only through calls between 9 AM to 5 PM.

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Tips to Visit

  • Book your Eye Film Museum tickets online to save time and money. Tickets for film screenings are available up to 30 minutes before the start of the show.
  • Embark on guided walking tours of the museum that range from exploring temporary exhibitions to a tour through the building and activities of the Eye Film Museum.
  • Remember to visit the permanent exhibition on the ground floor of Eye, which has on display iconic film devices that showcase the crucial moments of film history.
  • If you wish to indulge in the Eye Bar Restaurant dining experience, make reservations online before your visit.
  • The Eye Shop and Eye Study are must-visit attractions of the Eye Film Museum for film enthusiasts as well as kids.
  • It is recommended that you arrive at Eye Film Museum via public transport at Amsterdam Central Station, and then take a ferry.

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Daily Calendar Events

Daily Calendar Events

Indulge in the classic Eye experience as you watch old and modern films of different genres at one of the four state-of-the-art theatres of Eye Film Museum. Several screenings of local and global movies are conducted throughout the day, which can be enjoyed by pre-booking your tickets as per the online activities calendar of the unique Dutch museum.

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Permanent Exhibition

Permanent Exhibition

Located on the ground floor of the Eye Film Museum is the famous permanent presentation, Panorama. Witness the intriguing past of films come alive as you see the numerous film devices that have played a central role in creating the modern film industry. Suitable for both kids and adults, Panorama is open every day and can be visited with a film or exhibition ticket at no extra cost.

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Eye Bar Restaurant

Eye Bar Restaurant

Relish a steaming cup of coffee, sip on refreshing drinks, or enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at the Eye Bar Restaurant. Indulge in bewitching views of ships sailing on the IJ river as you admire the stunning architecture of the Eye. While the restaurant is open to all visitors who wish to watch films and exhibitions at Eye or simply admire the IJ waterfront, one needs to make reservations for the experience.

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Eye Shop

Eye Shop

Film enthusiasts are up for a shopping spree of a lifetime at Eye Shop, the retail gift shop of the Eye Film Museum. From special biographies, academic publications, and Eye catalogues to documentaries and DVDs featuring classics, Eye Shop has it all. Shop for an exclusive collection of gadgets, toys, and merchandise inspired by the biggest film franchises.

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Eye Study

Eye Study

The library at Eye Film Museum is one-of-a-kind, with its massive collection tracing the eventful century-long history of films. Explore a diverse collection that has more than 14,000 digitised films, unique filmmaker archives, posters, historical and current film magazines, photos, books, and much more. Browse through computerised catalogues or ask your questions to the knowledgeable staff of Eye Study.

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Take your kids for a fun cinematic experience designed especially for them at Cinemini, the intimate and fine film theatre of Eye Film Museum. Brilliant short films and animation movies are screened here for kids aged two to six, which can be enjoyed with the whole family. After the fun show, kids get to play with lights and shadows in small tents, making Cinemini a much sought-after experience for families.

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Eye Film Museum FAQs

What is EYE-Film Museum famous for?

The eye film museum is famous for the historical depicts of the Dutch and other foreign films. This place is one in itself that showcases the origins of the cinema, best works, documentaries, films and the equipment used. Its brilliant architecture by the Vienna based firm called Delugan Meissl Associated Architects is also a notable part of this museum.

Can you take photos in EYE-Film Museum?

Audio and Visual recordings are allowed at this museum. Add on to your experience at this place as you capture some great memories of the historical cinematography displayed here.

Is EYE-Film Museum worth visiting?

The eye film museum has everything for its visitors to every age group. Everyone has a different taste for movies and with the collection of 37000 films here, this place won’t fail to offer you something related to one of your favorite ones. The shop will allure you to fill your bags with all the interesting objects sold there.

How long do you need at the EYE-Film Museum?

One can assume 2 hours for the total exploration of this place. If you have brought any tickets for the shows here, it can take you longer than two hours here. It has so many areas to visit inside it like the exhibition hall, shops, and restaurants. So, stroll and witness the beauty of the historical cinema with various artifacts, equipment, photos, documentaries showcased here.

Which is a better EYE-Film Museum or Rijksmuseum?

With tons of activities available at the eye film museum, it would be much more worth visiting than the Rijksmuseum. It is an outstanding place that has well-preserved the objects of the Dutch and the foreign films screened in the Netherlands. Fulfill your curiosity by the unknown info of the hard work that went into each film. Also you can dine at the extravagant restaurant in the museum and get some souvenirs from the shop here.

Should you buy EYE-Film Museum tickets in advance?

It’s better to book or purchase the entry tickets to the eye film museum from the website or box office. You can also get your tables booked at the restaurant, buy tickets for distinct shows for the complete exploration of the Eye Film Museum. Prior booking of the tickets can save you from the hustle at the end and you can enjoy all the perks of the museum.

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