Amsterdam Sights

EYE Film Institute Netherlands

Dutch centre for film culture and heritage

Exhibitions, film screenings and bar restaurant

EYE is a Dutch archive and museum in Amsterdam that preserves and presents both Dutch and foreign films screened in the Netherlands. The earliest materials date from the start of the film industry in the Netherlands in 1895.

It is housed in a spectecular building, that was completed in 2012, on the banks of the River IJ. It has a roomy cafe with a spectacular view at the IJ harbour.

entrance EYE's modern building on the banks of the River IJ

The unique EYE building has 4 cinemas (640 seats), a space for exhibitions of 1,200 m², an interactive 'basement', museum shop and cafe-restaurant, each with its own character and features. It was by the Viennese agency Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, which is also known for the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.

EYE's collection features 37,000 films, 500,000 photographs and 60,000 film posters.



EYE has an extensive and internationally renowned collection: from silent films dating back to the start of cinema (at the end of the 19th century) to the newest digital productions. EYE is the only institute in the Netherlands that collects and makes available film-related ephemera: photographs, posters, soundtracks, equipment and filmmakers' paper archives.

Free entrance

The building is open every day, and admission is free. This also applies to the permanent presentation in the Basement, where visitors of all ages can explore our collection in a playful way.


EYE is part of the new Amsterdam district called Overhoeks on the northern bank of the IJ harbour in Amsterdam Noord, which was named after the Overhoeks tower (A'DAM Toren) located on the former Shell Research site.

How to get there?

bus38 - stop Buiksloterwegveer
ferry901, 907 - Veer Buiksloterweg
trainStation Amsterdam Centraal
parkingnearest car park P1 Parking Amsterdam Centrum

More impressions

EYE's waterside terrace at the IJ with the Round Lutheran Church (left), Harbour office building (centre), and Posthoornkerk (right) in the background

main auditorium
EYE Film Institute
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EYE Film Institute

IJpromenade 1
Amsterdam (Noord)

official website

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