5 Free Things to do in Amsterdam

From concerts, galleries and museums to the city's famous boat trips there is plenty of free stuff to enjoy in Amsterdam.

1. Galleries:

Galleries: the city is full of small and independent art galleries which offer great value for your time invested in a visit. Famous ones include Radar which is an art and architecture gallery that features exhibitions usually with an urban inspiration; Galerie Fons Welters which is an open area you will find filled with forward thinking art and installations; and Kochx Bos which is a converted living room on a residential street with a focus on vibrant and surreal artwork. All these three are in close proximity surrounded by many other small galleries.


2. The Eye film museum:

The Eye film museum: visitors can enjoy a free permanent cinema exhibition in the basement. The Panorama room surrounds you with about 100 movie clips and scenes, which are projected on to the walls and can be browsed via seven different control panels. There are also isolated viewing pods which are specially designed for viewers to watch films in. The Eye building itself is a feast for the eyes with its dramatic look of jagged angels and a shimmering white exterior. From the bar and restaurant you can also enjoy a fantastic view across the IJ waterfront towards Amsterdam's Centraal (not Central) station.


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3. Ferry ride to Amsterdam Noord:

Ferry ride to Amsterdam Noord: Getting a view from the water is always a favorable experience in a city like Amsterdam. You can skip the overpriced tour boats and hop on one of the free ferries across the IJ, Amsterdam's waterfront and explore Amsterdam-Noord. You can further take a bike trip to leafy countryside and historic villages in the area or you can turn towards NDSM Wharf to catch the glimpse of a busy and thriving shipyard. Ferries are available every few minutes from behind the Centraal Station.


4. Free classical and jazz concerts:

Free classical and jazz concerts: lunch time performances at Concertgebouw are basically public rehearsals which means the entire show of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra can be enjoyed for free. Besides, there are many other music ensembles performing all the time. Free monthly jazz performances can also be enjoyed at Bimhuis jazz venue.


5. The City Archives of Amsterdam:

The City Archives of Amsterdam: it is the former municipal archive of the city. The archives of the council, but also of all kinds of churches, hospitals and companies are kept in the beautiful building on Vijzelstraat. You can look at 300 pieces in the impressive treasury; watch old historic movies about Amsterdam and its famous inhabitants such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Anne Frank and Theo Van Gogh. The permanent exhibition at the Amsterdam City Archives is an ideal place to learn about the history of the city. The collection is contained within a majestic tiled vault in the basement of the Bazel building, a former bank notable for its impressive geometric brickwork designed by ADN van Gendt.