Guided tours — 10, 24 Jun 2023, 8 Jul 2023

Put on your walking shoes, grab your sunglasses and join us for a walk through Amsterdam. In this city walk, Sanne Pols (LGBTOUR Amsterdam) will take you through the LGBTI+ history of the city. You’ll hear more about how HIV/Aids impacted the community, nightlife and the position of artists and creatives.

Valid museum ticket + €3 fee
HIV/Aids Monument behind Central Station
10 Jun, 1 pm until 3 pm
24 Jun, 1 pm until 3 pm
8 Jul, 1 pm until 3 pm
Main language
Dutch: 27 May, 24 June. English: 13 May, 10 June, 8 July
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Following in the footsteps of General Idea, while the exhibition is running, the Stedelijk is organizing bi-weekly city walks about queer positions in Amsterdam. Artist AA Bronson has had a close relationship with the city since the 1980s. In 1979, General Idea’s first museum exhibition was organized here. Around that time, the collective moved into an artist residency at the Stedelijk Museum on Prinseneiland. They made a lot of friends and were inspired by the local queer and artist community. During this walk, we’ll visit key sites from the 1980s and today. How has the city changed? What role do bars and nightclubs play in the creation and survival of a community? And what is the position of LGBTI+ people today? 

The city walk starts at the HIV/Aids monument behind Central Station. You walk along the Warmoesstraat, past the Palace on Dam Square to the Stedelijk Museum. After the walk, you’ll have a chance to visit the General Idea exhibition, which is included with your ticket.

  • General idea Exhibition 2023. photo: Maarten Nauw.
  • AIDS sculpture
    General Idea, AIDS Sculpture, 1989/2021. Courtesy Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin. © General Idea. Photo: Maarten Nauw


The walk begins at the HIV/Aids monument, on De Ruyterkade on the northwest corner of Oosterdokseiland. Look out for your guide, Sanne, who’ll be carrying a small rainbow flag.  
The monument is easily accessible by public transport, on foot from Central Station, and by bicycle.

About Your Queer City Guide 

Professional storyteller and public speaker Sanne Pols is a well-experienced expert on training D & I in the workplace, schools, and sports clubs.  

In addition, she is also the proud and founding mother of LGBTOUR_Amsterdam: a queer walk through the pink and historic heart of her beloved city of Amsterdam, with queers and allies from all over the world. 

'The corresponding element in all my work is to create space for the differences among us.' 

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