Standing on the bank of the river IJ, across from Amsterdam Central station, the EYE Museum is an impressive piece of architecture.
There is a fine balance between being impressive as a structure and being imposing, and the museum achieves that. The structure was designed by the Vienna based firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. This folded form structure with its dynamic lines, white cladding and glass is a new landmark across the river, and invites you to explore the developing North Quarter of the city.
The museum has a curated section of movie making memorabilia, as well as some gems from the black and white, and pre sound era. This is not the place if you are interested in Hollywood glamour, though it does show contemporary mainstream cinema alongside the artsy stuff. The curated collections of films is shown in a rather unconventional way, a large space with multiple screens, which works well to short viewing, with benches to facilitate comfortable longer viewing time.
The museum display is not the only attraction in this building, the restaurant here has a superb view of the river, and a noteworthy interior. The backdrop to the restaurant space consists of large steps; an interactive space with lends itself to performances as well as a quite spot to enjoy the view of the river IJ. The details in the interiors such as lighting are especially interesting. The museum also has a great gift shop, with lots of quirky toys and memorabilia.
Reaching the EYE museum is very easy. There is a free ferry every five minutes from outside Amsterdam Central Station.
All the photos are by Indira Barve.