Local Highlights

Local Highlights for Media Scholars

Amsterdam is full of world class museums, historical landmarks, and cultural attractions. A brief overview of places of interest in Amsterdam, as well as short day-trips, can be found on the conference website. However, there are several collections and exhibitions worth highlighting that may be of particular interest for media studies scholars.

If you plan to attend several museums, you may consider the Museumkaart, which grants entry to over 400 museums in the Netherlands.  It can be purchased at the ticket desk of most museums.


Eye Museum – Film museum, archive, theater, and restaurant on North bank of the IJ River, Museum 10:00-19:00, Theater box office 10:00-22:00, Restaurant 10:00-01:00

Until July 1, the EYE Film Museum is showing Alejandro González Iñárritu’s VR installation CARNE y ARENA.

Foam – Photography Museum, 10:00-18:00 (until 21:00 on Thurs and Fri)

Allard Pierson Museum – Archeology museum with a special exhibit on the history of color photography, “The World in Color,” 10:00-17:00 Tuesday – Friday (opens at 13:00 weekends, closed Monday)

Huis Marseille – Photography museum focused on contemporary Dutch, South African and Japanese work, Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-18:00

Stedelijk Museum – Modern art museum, special exhibition “Coded Nature,” 10:00-18:00 (22:00 on Fri)

Stadsarchief (Municipal Archive) – City archives and photography exhibitions, 10:00-17:00 (12 on weekends)

Geelvinck Pianola Museum – Tiny player piano museum with a collection of over 30,000 perforated paper music rolls, Friday – Sunday: 11:00 until 17:00

A Short Trip: Hilversum

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision – Media museum, archive, and lecture venue, 10:00-17:30 (Tues-Sun)

A Short Trip: Den Haag

Panorama Mesdag – The oldest remaining 19th century panorama, 10:00-17:00 (11:00 on weekends)

Museum of Communication – Collection focused on the postal system and telephone, 10:00-17:00 Tuesday-Sunday

A Short Trip: Utrecht

Utrecht City Archives – City archive beginning in the ninth century, with emphasis on film and photography, and a special exhibition “Utrecht on Film 1020-1980,” 10:00-17:00 (12:30-17:00 weekends, closed Mondays)

Museum Speelklok – Museum of historical self-playing instruments, tours hourly at half past the hour, Tuesday-Sundays 10:00-17:00