What is Film?
The exhibition is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00 and can be visited with either a film or exhibition ticket. Admission is free for children aged 17 and under.
On the lower level and throughout Eye we illuminate various aspects of the world of the moving image. Learn about how film has developed, from its early beginnings to the present day. Graze through Eye’s unique collection. Find out how the earliest cameras work. Enjoy marvellous film clips. Make your own flip book or animated film. You can do all of these things and more in our permanent exhibition What is Film?
Put yourself into a scene from a film in the Eye collection using the Green Screen. This special effects technology is used in real feature films.
Take a seat in your very own private cinema and choose from hundreds of classic films and unknown gems.
Discover how beautiful and diverse film can be. Use filter words such as ‘red’, ‘dancing’, ‘city’ or ‘close-up’ to conjure up an infinite array of different visual collections.
Film equipment from the collection
On the display tables you’ll find the most wonderful cinema devices from our collection, demonstrating significant moments in the history of cinema.
Star in your own mini-movie: make a flipbook in the Flipbook Machine at Eye Filmmuseum!
Eye has more than 56,000 unique film posters in its collection. Eye shows an ever-changing selection from this collection on the walls of Cinemas 2 and 3.
Interactive film devices
Film was not invented by one individual. Countless scientists, pioneers and entrepreneurs tried things out, and all of those inventions eventually led to the camera and projector.
The audio benches are at the top of the stairs to the restaurant. Here, you can listen to various short stories (5 minutes each) about film in 3D sound.
At the animation tables on the stairs leading to Cinema 1 you can use your own telephone and a free app to make your own stop-motion film.
The Eye collection contains some 95,000 photographs taken on film sets. On seven monitors at the top of the stairs in the Arena, a revolving selection of set photos can be seen.
With artist Memo Akten’s installation, you can create a colourful animation on the wall by dancing, jumping and moving around.
To be picked up at the ticket office
Eye Explore More is a free puzzle tour through the whole building for children aged 7 and up. Grab your booklet and pencil, and go on a journey through Eye.
Interpreters and guided tours in Dutch Sign Language (NGT)
Eye Filmmuseum offers guided tours in Dutch Sign Language (NGT) through the permanent exhibition. Visitors can also watch videos in NGT on their smartphone by scanning QR codes at the various parts of the exhibition, such as the zoetrope, the magic lantern, the Mitchell camera and the green screen.