Film buffs are in heaven at the EYE Institute. The museum is stocked with over 37,000 film titles, 60,000 posters, 700,000 photographs, and 20,000 books, with some of the earliest materials dating back to 1895 when the movie industry was just starting in the city.xa0 Famed Viennese design firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects designed the ultra-futuristic white sculptural building.
Travelers may go for a guided walking and ferry tour of the complex or as part of a more extensive walking tour that explores Amsterdam’s cutting-edge art and culture and the up-and-coming Overhoeks neighborhood around the institute.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for cinema lovers of all ages.
- Guided tours are available upon request, although it is possible to simply wander around and admire the daring features free of charge.
- Entry to the exhibitions cost about US$12 for adults, and about US$8 for children; movies in the theater are set at different prices.
- Some tours involve a moderate amount of walking; wear comfortable shoes and clothing and do not bring heavy bags.
- Enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the river.
How to Get There
EYE Film Institute is located in the Overhoeks neighbourhood just north of Amsterdam Centraal Station. Travelers may reach the complex by a quick ferry ride (#901) with departures every 12 minutes from the train station. If self-driving, ample parking is available on-site.
When to Get There
EYE Film Institute exhibitions are open daily, 10am - 7pm, and until 9pm on Fridays. The movie theater is open until 11pm on the weekends. For fewer tourists and lovely mild temperatures, visit Amsterdam is between April and May or September and November, right before or directly after the summertime high tourist season. Deals on hotels and flights can be found in wintertime, outside of the Christmas holidays
Up-and-Coming Overhoeks Neighborhood
While at the EYE, explore the trendy Overhoeks neighborhood. Located on the former Royal Dutch Shell Research grounds, the enclave began to take shape around 2007 with new mixed-use buildings and cultural spaces, which attract a younger set of inhabitants and visitors. Other highlights include A’DAM Tower, a former Shell tower converted into a stylish hotel with a subterranean nightclub and high-end restaurants, and Muziekgebouw, the city’s main concert hall for contemporary classical music.
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