AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS. The Eye Film Institute is great for many uses. You can visit if you want to see an independent movie, get a snack or meal on the water, or take a day trip to visit stunning modern architecture. It is also free to visit.

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Exterior of Eye Film Institute

The building is new, since the Eye moved to this location in the spring of 2012. It was designed by the firm Delugan Meissl. The Eye previously resided in Vondel Park from 1975 to 2009. It’s cinematography museum came from the former Filmmuseum, which was founded in 1952, and other aspects of this institution came from the Dutch Historic Film Archive, which was founded in 1946.

The main room is made of huge wooden stairs made for sitting and staring out at the water and the café. The café is located in the middle of this room and extends out onto an outdoor terrace. There is a free film room downstairs, where hundreds of projectors play films that you can interact with on touch screen displays. There are also other interactive activities, like a camera that allows you to create a flipbook, and film pods. A store sells design and film gifts, like books, videos, and postcards.

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There are four film theatres and room for exhibitions. Tickets to a film are 10,00 euros and 7,50 euros for children under eleven. It is accessible by afree ferry (which also takes bikes), and is a quick walk from Central Station (Amsterdam’s main train station). When you get off the ferry, turn left and follow the water until you hit the Eye. The ferry runs 24 hours a day.

The Eye Film Institute
Ijpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam
Tel. +31 20 5891400
Ticket Office Hours: Sun to Thur 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri to Sat 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Museum Shop Hours: Mon to Sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Restaurant Hours: Sun to Thur 10:00 am – 1:00 am
Fri to Sat 10:00 am – 2:00 am

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Eye Film Institute, museum