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For an additional fee, activities are available to Forum attendees and their guests.

PLEASE NOTE: Activities are not included in the Forum fee, and pre-registration is required.

Friday, June 24

Amsterdam Museum Discovery

To register, contact Marloes Botman at

Pre-registration for this event is required.

Van Gogh Museum
Located in the Museum Square, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. A visit to the museum is a unique experience providing an opportunity to discover the artist’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other 19th century artists in the collection.

The museum also houses an extensive exhibition on various subjects from 19th-century art history. The artists represented include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and Van Gogh’s friends and contemporaries—those who inspired him and those who were inspired by him.

Opened on June 3, 1973, the museum was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Kisho Kurokawa and is renowned as the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings.

Rijksmuseum is a national museum dedicated to the arts and history located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With nearly 1 million objects in its permanent collection, this vast museum attracts thousands of visitors each year, making it one of the city’s most popular cultural sites. The most well-known part of its collection is the section dedicated to 17th century art masterpieces painted by The Dutch Masters.

The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. Founded in The Hague in 1800, the museum moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first situated in the Royal Palace then relocated to the Trippenhuis.

Rijksmuseum houses 8,000 objects of art and history from a total collection of 1 million objects spanning the years 1200 to 2000 AD. Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer are among the collections, which also includes a smaller Asian art on display in the Asian Pavilion.

 Private tour of the Van Gogh Museum and guided tour of  Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam Boat Tour

To register, contact Marloes Botman at

Pre-registration for this event is required.

Touring many of the city’s glittering canals, including The Gentleman’s Canal, The Emperors Canal, and The Prinsen Canal, the Amsterdam Boat Tour cruises past elegant merchants’ mansions, carillon-crowned churches, and gabled warehouses dating back to the 17th century.


Reception at The Merchant House for Art

24 June, 2016 | 16.00–19.00

Note: walk-in/payment at the door is allowed, but pre-registration and pre-payment is preferred.

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Cost: €45 per person
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We will meet at The Merchant House to see Dutch and international contemporary art in a stunning canal house setting, with South African wines, Dutch craft beer and divine food ‘proeverij’ (tasting) with Chef Andy de Lange. Hosted and curated by Marsha Plotnitsky (Penn’78 and WSG’80) at her art gallery on the Herengracht.

The Merchant House presents and sells contemporary art. Established by Marsha Plotnitsky in 2012. It is a new venue rooted in its site – Amsterdam – and dedicated to showcasing important contemporary artists.

You can’t miss it—look out for the orange Flag of Compassion on the façade.

The Merchant House is located in the ‘Nine Streets’ area of the canal ring, known to locals as ‘De Negen Straatjes’—a famous neighborhood bursting with art galleries, vintage and designer shops, specialty stores, and cosy cafés.

Saturday, June 25

An e-Bike Tour of “Green” Amsterdam

Registration & payment deadline: Monday, June 20

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To register, contact your organizer/host John Terwilliger at

Cost: €50 per person
Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: 11am-3pm (11.00-15.00)

We will meet at a bike rental shop near Amsterdam’s Central Train Station to collect our bikes, then take the pedestrian & bike ferry across the IJ harbor to Amsterdam North. Our trip will cover a scenic route along inland water and dikes, including Durgerdam, a small historic fishing village with traditional small wooden houses. To get back to Amsterdam Central, we will cross the IJ harbor by bridge, or if possible, the main Amsterdam boat locks, and cycle along the bustling IJ waterfront before returning to the bike shop. A scenic and not too strenuous cycling trip with e-bikes covering 22 kilometers/13 miles at a relaxed pace with opportunities to stop along the way.

Included: Bike rental, lunch box, bottled water and all beverages.

Sumptuous Seafood Lunch Overlooking Amsterdam’s IJ Waterfront

Registration & payment deadline: Thursday, June 23

With any questions, contact your organizer/host Brian Hannon at

Cost: €60 per person
Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: 12.00-2.30pm (12.00-14.30)

We will meet at Amsterdam’s Central Train Station and take the pedestrian & bike ferry across the IJ harbor to Amsterdam North and walk approximately 1 kilometer along the waterfront to Café-Restaurant Stork, one of Amsterdam’s best & trendiest seafood restaurants, located in an historic industrial warehouse and with a patio overlooking the waterfront. The three-course lunch includes soft drinks and wine.

After lunch there’s a chance to stop by the nearby Oedipus Brewery for a tasting or to take a walk through Amsterdam Noord, one of the spots called out in the recent NYTimes “36 Hours in Amsterdam”.

Included: Lunch, including beverages.

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