EYE Film Institute Netherlands

EYE Film Institute Netherlands is a film archive and museum in Amsterdam that preserves and presents both Dutch and foreign films screened in the Netherlands. The collection includes 37,000 film titles, 60,000 posters, 700,000 photographs and 20,000 books. The earliest materials date from the start of the film industry in the Netherlands in 1895.

EYE Film Institute Netherlands
EYE Film Institute Netherlands in 2012
Location in Amsterdam
Established1952 (1952)
LocationIJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Coordinates52°23′04″N 4°54′02″E
TypeFilm archive
National museum
Art museum
History museum
Collection size820,000 objects
Public transit accessNorth exit of Amsterdam Central Station, ferry across IJ

Location and history

EYE is located in the Overhoeks neighborhood of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It includes a cinematography museum formerly called Filmmuseum, founded in 1952. Its predecessor was the Dutch Historical Film Archive, founded in 1946. The Filmmuseum was situated in the Vondelparkpaviljoen since 1975. In 2009, The Nederlands Filmmuseum merged with Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education and the Filmbank[1] and plans were announced for a new home on the north bank of Amsterdam's waterfront, just behind the Central Station and connected to it by a free ferry.[2] It was officially opened on April 4, 2012 by Queen Beatrix.[3] [4] The EYE building was designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects,[5] which specializes in buildings that appear to be in motion, e.g., the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.[6]


EYE is performing a major film digitization and preservation project together with IBM and Thought Equity Motion, a provider of video platform and rights development services. The project involves scanning and storing more than 150 million discrete DPX files on LTO Gen5 Tape in the Linear Tape File System format.[7]


See also


  1. "Nederlands Filmmuseum (NFM)". filmarchives online. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  2. "EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam". Amsterdam.info. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  3. Teffer, Peter (April 12, 2012). "Once Unfashionable, Noord District of Amsterdam Gains Cachet". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2012. Much of the river’s north bank has been transformed in recent years, and the EYE Film Institute Netherlands stands out, a museum that Queen Beatrix opened officially on April 4.
  4. Joel Weickgenant, "A New Home for Film in Amsterdam", The New York Times, November 10, 2009
  5. Schuetze, Christopher F. (12 September 2013). A New Dutch Focus on Film. The New York Times
  6. "EYE Film Institute Amsterdam", Architectural Digest blog, May 2012
  7. IBM Press Release
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