EYE Film Institute Netherlands – formerly known as the Film Museum in Vondelpark – opened a spectacular new building across the river IJ, in April 2012. Here, EYE offers its (international) visitors four movie theatres, an exhibition space, a basement for interactive educational purposes and a bar-restaurant with a huge terrace, overlooking the river IJ.

EYE Film Institute is more than just a museum

EYE Film Institute Netherlands is actually more than just a new version of the Filmmuseum in Vondelpark. EYE was founded by the merging of four important film organisations of The Netherlands: Holland Film, Nederlands Instituut voor Filmeducatie, Filmbank and Filmmuseum. That is why EYE has so much more to offer on the banks of the IJ. We think that the building is stunning, from the outside and the inside, and therefore worth a visit if only have a look inside.

EYE’s exhibitions

The exhibition space of the film institute is quite sizeable and impressive. For the exhibitions they draw from their own, inimitable collection of films, documentaries, stills, audio fragments and film music. Many exhibitions are build around a specific person and/or theme.

EYE Cinema

As said, there are four cinemas. Cinema 1 is the largest theatre with 315 fixed seats and a historic organ (1929). The other cinemas are a lot smaller with respectively 130, 130 and 67 seats. Besides EYE’s own extensive and renowned collection of movies and documentaries, they also show more commercial and international movies.

EYE Bar-Restaurant

If you are not very keen on movies or exhibitions – or if you are just not in the mood for it – you can of course just enjoy a drink, a lunch or a dinner in EYE Bar-Restaurant. The views over the water from here are great. Especially when the weather is nice and warm and the tables are out on the large terrace around the building.

An attraction in itself: the free ferry to get across the river IJ

EYE Film Institute can easily be reached by taking the free ferry behind Amsterdam Central Station. Make sure you choose the ferry to Buiksloterweg!

No conscious information yet

Unfortunately we do not have any information (yet) regarding how sustainably EYE is run.


EYE Film Institute

Address: IJpromenade 1, 10331 KT Amsterdam
WebsiteEYE Film Institute

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