With Airbnb locations booked solid and hotels filled to capacity, Amsterdam city hall has authorized the use of a police traffic management plan normally rolled out exclusively for massive events. A constant stream of tourists dragging suitcases behind them could be seen all Friday morning and afternoon, while restaurants, shops and attractions in Leidseplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District and the Nieuwmarkt were bursting at the seams.
Nearly 1.3 million people in the Netherlands have a museum pass, and together they used it for 8.5 million museum visits last year, the organization behind the car announced. Card holders visit museums an average of 6.6 time per year, ANP reports.
The Dutch Museum Pass is now 35 years old and continues to grow. In 2015 there were 1.2 million pass holders who visited museums 8.3 million times.
An academy for training museum workers is launching in Amsterdam on Monday, April 11th. The academy will provide training to staff of the 44 museums in the city. The first lessons will be on hospitality, security, how to best approach hearing-impaired visitors and the latest tourism trends.
Museum pass holders paid 8.3 million visits to cultural institutions in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 8 percent compared to the 7.4 million visits in 2014, the Museum Association announced.
Museums are having to find different ways to fund exhibitions. Companies are hesitant to sponsor after the financial crisis that started in 2008.
Thousands of tulips are on display in locations across the city of Amsterdam as a part of the city’s Tulip Festival. Almost all museums, several hotels and other organizations are participating in providing their own tulip garden spots across the city.
Only 4,700 people visited the Rotterdam museum night on Saturday, compared to the 15 thousand visitors the cultural night attracted last year, RTV Rijnmond reports.
From the next school year vocational students will be able to visit museums or cultural events at a discount, Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education and Culture) announced at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam today.
Most of the large museums in the Netherlands had more visitors this year than last year. The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam especially had many visitors, 2.5 million and 1.6 million respectively. This is according to a survey done by the ANP.
The interest in Amsterdam museums has increased significantly. The total number of visitors to museums in Amsterdam almost doubled in the last ten years, culminating 2013 with 11.7 million visitors.
California-based Google has donated $1 million to Amsterdam’s science museum NEMO as part of funding for an interactive exhibition to "inspire the youth and make them enthusiastic about mathematics and programming.” Google hopes that the donation will go towards supporting and developing talented individuals in the field of science and technology, the company said.
This year, the Amsterdam Museum Night will celebrate its 15th anniversary by offering the opportunity for innovative projects for a young public to receive cash prizes of €20,000 or €10,000, Het Parool reports.
The Museumkaart (Museum card), with which people have year-long unlimited access to museums in the Netherlands, has become so successful that the price has gone up by €5. From the 1st of July, subscribers pay €54,95.
In total, 51 museums will take part in the Rotterdam “Night of the Museum,” on Saturday, March 8.
Amsterdam will earn a considerable amount of money from tourist taxes in 2013. Parool.nl reported that with an eye on the inauguration and the re-opening of museums the city increased taxes with ten percent.