Museum Weekend: allowing you to see more for less

Museum Weekend: allowing you to see more for less

Museum Weekend 2014 will enable you to visit around twenty Amsterdam museums for free or at heavily discounted rates during April 5 and 6. With at least one special event at each museum this weekend makes for an interesting and fun addition to a short stay in Amsterdam.

Suitable for all ages and interests this is your once per year opportunity to sample a piece of the city’s cultural heritage without the activity-packed weekend having effect on your short stay leisure budget. Museum Weekend on 5th and 6th of April, 2014 brings you the 33rd edition of the nationwide social event. The theme this year is Doe een museum, which means ‘Make a museum’.

One of the most famous characteristics of Amsterdam is its vast selection of museums from world famous ones to smaller specialist others. For some of you this collection of museums may be the main reason of your short stay in Amsterdam, while others will include at least one museum in your leisure plans no matter if you are here on business or just for fun. So if you don’t mind queuing then you could even plan your short stay around Museum Weekend to get the most out of your visit.

Around four-hundred participating museums across the Netherlands, about twenty of which are in Amsterdam, organise a weekend full of activities with a healthily discounted entrance fee, or some even allowing you free entrance. Museum Weekend is the perfect chance to sample what each museum has to offer throughout the year. Some of the museums involved in this year’s event are Rembrandt House Museum, Scheepvaart Museum, Allard Pierson Museum, VerzetsMuseum, Tropen Museum and Science Centre NEMO.

We have a long list of Amsterdam apartments located all over the city so getting to your museum of choice should not prove difficult on foot, on bike or via public transport, with the tram system being an especially reliable service. The short stay apartments in Amsterdam’s Canal Belt are great for the centrally located museums while you could opt for staying in the quieter areas such as the Plantage District in which there are also museums that are participating in Museum Weekend.

Last year’s Museum Weekend was a huge success with around 900,000 visitors nationwide. The big cities such as Amsterdam attract three to four times more visitors than in an ordinary weekend. So, join in with the masses and head to a participating museum that’s of interest to you, and the great thing is that there is something for everyone, no matter the interest or age.

Museum Weekend is organised by Museumkaart (Museum Card) which is a yearly membership that you can subscribe to if you regularly visit Amsterdam and its museums as it gives you reduced or free entrance into many of the most popular museums in the city.

For a full list of participating museums, prices, opening times and addresses you can visit the official website.

Cost: From free onwards. Each museum determines its own entrance costs so check before visiting.