February is one of the least crowdy months to visit Amsterdam. This is usually the perfect period when I can concentrate of the other back-office side of my freelance job as a tour guide. This time of the year I can become a tourist in my own city and enjoy its calm pace. Traveling off-season has its substantial benefits. If you think Amsterdam has nothing interesting happening in February, do not get mislead by this idea. There are so many cool things to do in Amsterdam this month. I have done my research and compiled a list of events in Amsterdam in February.
Art Experience Yousem – Immersive pop-art experience where you become a center of the exposition. 15 rooms and 25 experiences built especially for you. Great for making pics for your social media.
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Moco Museum – Modern, contemporary, street art museum. Internationally oriented museum with digital and modern art exhibitions. The museum has been exhibiting rare street art pieces by the famous Banksy for a while now. The centerpiece of the Banksy’s exposition is his work called Beanfield. Banksy Laugh Now exhibition has been extended until 1st April 2020. If you visit Amsterdam now, the tickets to Moco Museum in off-peak hours are 20% off. Such a great deal!
Chocolate Festival – 22-23 February – The festival is a place to discover everything about chocolate starting from the process of bean to bar, explore different flavors of good cacao and taste a variety of food pairings at 85 stalls. The festival takes place in the impressive building of Beurs van Berlage in the center of Amsterdam.
Van Gogh’s Museum – A Dutch museum dedicated to the world famous artist Van Gogh. The current exhibition In the Picture (till 24 May 2020), featuring 75 portraits, talks how the artists of the past such as Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Thérèse Schwartze and other used to picture themselves. Book your time slot before visiting the museum.
Tropen Museum – Ethnographic museum in Amsterdam’s trending neighborhood – East. Generally, the museum exhibitions concentrate on the non-Western world. The current exhibition What a Genderful World emphasizes the role of gender in different cultures (until 23 August 2020).
Stedelijk – The main Amsterdam museum of modern and contemporary art. The museum features STEDELIJKE BASE, an exhibition of 700 artworks. One of the current must-see’s is the exhibition Factory by Carlos Amorales (till 17 May 2020).
Hermitage – Amsterdam’s branch of the State Hermitage art museum of St. Petersburgh offers changing exhibitions every 6 months. The highlight of the museum is the exhibition Jewels!, the Glitter of the Russian Court (till 15 March 2020) featuring fabulous jewelry of the Russian tsars. Furthermore, the museum sets for the exhibition of Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century. In addition, you can experience Panorama of Amsterdam, presenting the life of Amsterdam from the Middle ages till nowadays.
Amsterdam City Archives – Located in the beautiful building De Bazel is the largest city archive in the world. Its collections includes maps, drawings and pictures, a library and extensive audio, film and photo archives. There are temporary and permanent exhibitions. The current exhibition is about Modern Perspectives. Film&Foto Amsterdam 1920-1940 (till 16 February 2020).
Rijksmuseum – National Amsterdam’s art and history museum. It is one of the most visited museums in Amsterdam. The museum is currently exhibiting the works of the world’s master such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Carracci, Barocci, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Piranesi within Highlights of Italian drawing at the Rijksmuseum (until 24 March 2020). You can also witness the largest research and conservation work of the famous Rebrandt’s work ‘The Night Watch’.
Foam Photography Museum – Located on the gorgeous Herengracht canal, this internationally oriented organization presents exhibitions, publications, debates on contemporary photography. The current exhibition Adorned – The Fashionable Show (till 11 March 2020) puts up the intriguing fashion-related photography projects by modern visual artists.
Amsterdam Museum – One of the most popular Amsterdam museum’s features several permanent and temporary exhibitions. You can learn more about Amsterdam through the exhibitions: Amsterdam DNA and World-City. Ongoing Nr. 1 Tourist Attraction is a controversial temporary exhibition about Amsterdam’s red light district (till 1 March 2020).
Ij Hallen Market – 15-16 February – One of the biggest and unique flea markets in Europe in the fascinating location of Amsterdam’s former industrial area. Here you can find exclusive pieces from home decor and clothing at low prices.
Museum Market – 16 February – A market of local designers who present a variety of fashion, accessories, textiles, home decor, jewellery, stationery and much more. The highlight is the delightful atmosphere with the setting of the Museum Quarter.
If you plan your first visit in Amsterdam, then one of my previous articles can be handy for you.