Tips and tricks for culture

If you’re into concerts, galleries, and museums, you’re in a good place.

The first tip is – forget about expensive resellers with 40% booking fees. Ticketswap is an excellent platform – based in Amsterdam – that lets you buy and sell tickets at a fair price. Sellers are only allowed to ask up to 20% above the original price. I am also a fan of Tiqets but always double-check the prices – sometimes it’s more than the original venue. I find this platform works best on sold-out exhibitions.

Cards and passes

Some of these cost more or less depending on your age. Check the websites and if anything is massively out-of-date, let me know! :)

Museumkaart is the ultimate. It’s around €60 per year for access to over 400 museums, including castles, across the Netherlands.

We Are Public is €17/month for access to daily events at over 100 cultural venues across Amsterdam, Den Haag, and North Brabant: theatre, dance, music, film, opera, literature, visual arts etc.

De Balie Cultuurpas is €30/year for 3x access to a programme or film of your choice, all year round discount on programming, and a discount in the restaurant.

Sprintpas for theatre-lovers under 30 is €5/year and can be used for last-minute tickets at the Stadsschouwburg. Use this in conjunction with your CJP pass for an extra €5 off.

Cinevillepas is for independent cinema. It’s €17/month if you’re under 30 (€21 if you’re over) and gives you unlimited access to film theatres like the Film Hallen, the EYE, and De Uitkijk, the oldest Amsterdam theatre. There’s a good selection here with lots of old classics, indie movies, and arthouse selections, as well as new movies – but usually not recently-just-come-out blockbusters.

Flipping that coin is, Pathé Unlimited which is €21/month for unlimited movies at all Pathé theatres plus discounts on snacks and drinks. Huuuuuge selection of movies.

Entree is for classical music lovers under 35. The membership costs €20 per season and gives discounts on more than 400 concerts a year, plus free events at the Concertgebouw.

Subbaculture is €8/month for access to curated music events and a subscription to a quarterly magazine.

Paradiso, one of the most famous and popular Amsterdam music/culture venues, has a bunch of yearly programmes. My favourites are the Indiestadpas, the €25 card for access to over 52 indie concerts – including indie festivals – during the calendar year; and the Ticket to the Tropics, the €40 card for access to at least ten gigs. If you find yourself going to Paradiso a lot, it is also worth it to get the yearly membership card – the jaarlidmaatschap (separate to all of these, yes, it’s confusing, I know) – for €25/year. Otherwise it’s €3,50 for entry per month.

Close to the Paradiso is the Melkweg. Membership at the Melkweg is €25/year too and with that you get free admission to concerts, club nights, and shows plus 10% discount on merchandise.

Last Minute Ticket Shop does what it says on the tin. Get last minute tickets on theatre and gigs. Offers are published from 10:00 AM every day.