Where most people refer to Christmas as being the most wonderful time of the year, this specific night comes awfully close to being one of the most exciting evenings of the year to me. Museumnacht 2019. Tomorrow, on November 2nd, nearly every museum or similar spaces in Amsterdam open their doors and offer some of the most outstanding and quite frankly, fun workshops, exclusive expositions or interesting lectures.
During the 20th edition of this just great initiative, there are just loads and loads of events hosted again. And if you can’t see the forest for its trees, please let me guide you by telling you a little about which events I am looking forward to most this year.
ASMR Experience – Museum ’t Schip
You either love it or, well, you don’t love it as much: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, also known as ASMR. It is a sensory sensation that is known for its ticklish feeling that starts in the back of your head and gives you a nice tingle all the way to your back. A lot of people use ASMR videos in order to relax or sleep. During this special relaxing guide, you will get to experience the “Zonnestraal, Schip op heide” exposition by curator Joppe Schaaper in a unique way.
Streets of Paris – Stedelijk Museum
The wonderful streets of Paris are globally known for its typical romantic architecture and its overall breathtaking beauty. During Museumnacht, you’ll get to act and eat like the ultimate Parisian at Stedelijk Museum. Get your portrait (read: cartoon) drawn by art students and eat some French fries next to some spectacular artworks. Viva la France!
Pleasure and Pain – NEMO
NEMO has one of my favourite programs this year, from a sweet chilli competition to artificially falling in love. It’d highly recommend a visit to NEMO. One of the reasons is because of they’ve got something extraordinary waiting, in the name of “science”… As it’s common sense that only one gender is able to naturally experience birth and all that comes with it. But then, the birthing stimulator came along in order to introduce the possibility of experiencing a similar “sensation” for those who were wondering. From what I’ve understood, it’s quite the unique experience! And yes, curiosity might have killed the cat but a little birthing stimulator is what I call a special experience for the curious minds!
Holy Disco – Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder
As I’ve told you before, one of the best hidden gems in Amsterdam is definitely Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. With its outstanding rich history and just gorgeous interior, this place normally is a treat for the eyes and mind. But during Museumnacht, it will transform into a treat for the ears too during its Holy (Silent) Disco. So, put on your dancing shoes, show them how a boogie is done and sing along on God is a DJ in an open-minded, tolerant and celebrative environment.
Taste The Waste Project – FOAM
Honestly, little did I know that one third of all food production globally never makes the plate. Which comes down to 1.3 billion kilograms per year. In combination with a homebrewed beer from Instock, fruit and vegetables with a minor imperfection and fish and meat that hasn’t been sold, you can fill your belly in a very sustainable way at the FOAM café. Bon appétit!
Brewing Beer – Artis
All beer enthusiasts beware: at Artis you get the chance to learn all about the fermentation process and everything that happens before you get to enjoy that sip of gold liquid. And the best part of the Micropia workshop, you will of course get your own beer at the end of the ride. Cheers to a good one guys!
Dancing underneath the stars – Scheepsvaartmuseum
Another rather popular returning event during Museumnacht is the party at Scheepsvaartmuseum, where the DJ’s will play an eclectic range of music and you will be finding yourself dancing underneath (a hopefully) beautiful clear sky of stars. Talking about a dreamy scenario…
Augmented Reality – Central Station
If you find yourself at Central Station during Museumnacht, you’re in for the quite the artsy treat. Together with Art Cloud and some other metro stations (Waterlooplein and Weesperplein) you will find 50 different augmented reality artworks. In order to properly experience the artworks, you need to grab your phone and let the augmented reality work its magic.
“Ballenbak” canalride – Stadhouderskade
A “ballenbak”: a Dutch form of entertainment that guarantees fun, for both the youngsters as the not so youngsters. During Musuemnacht, a boat filled with 36.000 balls will take you on a sweet ride over the canals of Amsterdam. So, sing, dive, jump and dance in between all balls and get reacquainted with inner child.
Note: the event is unfortunately sold out already. Nevertheless, if you are still up for it, keep an eye open on “Ticketswap” for some last minute tickets. Who knows, with a little luck on your side, you might just get your hands on some tickets!
Enjoy it to the fullest folks!