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Amsterdam: What’s On This Week


The tourist season starts in April. This month can bring any kind of weather. If it’s rainy visit one of the many exhibitions in the museums. If the weather is glorious go to Keukenhof Flower Garden. The cultural season is still in full swing. Book your opera, concerts and ballet tickets direct at the theatres or go to Leidsplein Ticket Shop for half price tickets.


WHAT: Photography and Astronomy
Photo exhibition documenting the history of astronomy and displaying present-day images taken by telescopes and space probes.
WHERE:Huis Marseille, Keizersgracht 401 (map)
WHEN: until 30 May 2010, from 11.00 – 18.00, closed on Monday

WHAT: World Press Photo Exhibition
Exhibition of the best press photography
WHERE: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23 (map)
WHEN: 23 April – 20 juni 2010,
Monday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.30, Sunday 13.00 – 17.30

WHAT: Pauline Wiertz: Ceramic Bags
The artist makes moulds of bags she found at second-hand markets and uses these casts to create surrealistic bags, taking care to include the minutest details
WHERE: Museum of Bags and Purses, Herengracht 573 (map)
WHEN: until 2 May 2010, daily 10.00 – 17.00

WHAT: Tulips in Amsterdam
Exhibition of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings of tulips. The star exhibit is Jacob Marrel’s Tulip Book, a catalogue customers used when ordering their tulip bulbs.
WHERE: Rijksmuseum, Jan Luijkenstraat 1 (map)
WHEN: until 1 June, daily 10.00 – 17.00

WHAT: Kienholz: The Hoerengracht (Whore Canal), Kalverstraat 92
Exhibition recreating Amsterdam’s Red Light District alleyways complete with life-size figures of women
WHERE: Amsterdam Historisch Museum, Kalverstraat 92 (map)
WHEN: from 20 March 2010

WHAT: Politiek in Prent 2009 (Politics in Pictures)
Exhibition of drawings and sketches depicting the financial crisis, high bonuses for banker, fall of the Dutch DSB Bank, The Royal Household and their Problems and the political situation in Irak.
WHERE: Press Museum, Zeeburgerkade 10 (map)
WHEN: until 2 May 2010, Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00, Sunday 12.00 – 17.00

WHAT: Kamers vol Kunst (Art Cabinets)
Exhibition of Art Cabinets Paintings, paintings of rooms full of work of arts, by Willem van Haecht (1593-1637). Other masterpieces on display include works by Anthony van Dyck, David Teniers and Quinten Massys.
WHERE: Mauritshuis, Korte Vijverberg 8, The Hague (map)
WHEN: until 27 June 2010


WHAT: Free Lunchtime Organ Concerts
WHERE: Westerkerk, Prinsengracht 28 (map)
WHEN: every Friday from May – October, 13:00 – 13:45

WHAT: Anna Federova, piano and Natalya Kraevsky, soprano
Chopin, Listz, Rossini and Rachmaninoff
WHERE: Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2 (map)
WHEN: 19 April at 20.15

WHAT: Les Troyens, Opera in five acts by Berlioz
WHERE: Muziektheater, Amstel 3 (map)
WHEN: 25 April at 1.30 pm and 28 April at 17.30
WHAT: Ballet- Theme and Variations, music by Tsajkovski


WHAT: Dinner Cruise
Four-course Gourmet dinner while cruising Amsterdam’s canals.
WHERE: Holland International, Prins Hendrikkade 33 (map)
WHEN: daily, November- mid March 19.00, March – November 20.00.


WHAT: Climbing the tower of Oude Kerk
A bird’s eye view of Amsterdam
WHERE: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23 (map)
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays from April to September every thirty minutes from 13.00 and 17.00, Admission €6

photo credit: personal collection

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