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“a mixed experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 573 2911
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Ranked #72 of 544 things to do in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Stedelijk Museum is an international institution in Amsterdam dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. The Museum aims to provide a home for art, artists and a broad range of publics, where artistic production is actively fostered, presented, protected, reconsidered and renewed
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“a mixed experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I was pleased to find the renovated museum was open on this trip. I wasn't so pleased with navigating the crowd inside - it was not at all clear which line to use if you had a Museumkaart, but we were eventually helped by a smiling person. I particularly enjoyed the older open central space with it's posters of old exhibitions and neon lighting ... as well as the room with the Calder mobiles and the large textile art area and the ceramics. I am not a fan of Mike Kelley and one of his audio pieces was irritatingly loud - it could be heard throughout the different exhibits and I found it annoyingly intrusive as I had no choice as to whether I experienced it or not. Overall I enjoyed the rest of the exhibits and we spent several hours investigating and discovering.

Visited February 2013
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“great insights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

right next to van gogh and across the plein from rijksmuseum, this too has just had a great big face lift with a whole new section (the bathtub) making it bright and airy. went for the malevich exhibition (which was great) but stayed for the fabulous Dutch design section as well as some great paintings, a super bookshop (with lots in English too) and rather nice looking restaurant (I'm told the food is good). I remember this as being a dark and poky place in the past but the changes have made it a really vibrant place and a good link between the Amsterdam city museum (which tells you about the city's growth) and the Rijksmuseum (national art collection).

Visited December 2013
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“Visit the bath tub!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Stedelijk (Modern Art) Museum is open again! If you're an art lover, it is a must see in Amsterdam. Together with the splendidly revamped Rijksmuseum. Go to the Rijksmuseum first (before 11.00), as it gets quite busy. The Stedelijk is not only renovated, it was also extended with what the people of Amsterdam lovingly nicknamed 'The Bath Tub', housing the new entrance, ticket centre and museum shop plus some new exhibition areas. It's a great modern art museum. My favourite: Kienholz' 'The Beanery', a rebuilt version of his local pub, you can actually walk into (complete with smells and sounds).

Visited December 2013
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“Great exhibition of modernist art & design”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Beautiful exhibit of Kasimir Malevitch design and art thoroughly explained his movement from cubism and expressionism to suprematism and constructivism. The permanent exhibition features several very important paintings. Don't miss those by Chagall and the Van Gogh, along with some interesting Picasso pieces. But seeing the Dutch painters of the 20th century was perhaps the most interesting part of the visit. Definitely worth a stop on your museum tour. Great combination of classic paintings with lesser-known Dutch artists that we very much enjoyed. Easy visit... you can get a very good sense of the place in less than two hours without rushing through. The furniture and industrial design permanent exhibition was fascinating... from Art Deco to the Dutch modernism of Reitveld to the playfulness of Joe Colombo and Ettore Sottsas,

Visited December 2013
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“Must-see museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I really love this museum. It is not too big, great for a half-day visit. The permanent collection is great, and their special exhibitions usually very good. I just went to the Malevich exhibition which was very impressive, and beautiful. But no five stars because of the staff/ entry procedure. With a yearcard for Dutch museums you can get a ticket from a machine to enter. These machines are really not funtioning very well, many people expereince quite some confusion. We had to wait in line here for over 20 minutes. When there was quite some malfunctioning with the machines, we went to one of the nice looking hosting ladies, whonare standing around chatting to one another or looking at their smart phones. When I asked this particular young women for help, she just shrugged and her eyes went back to her smartphone. Seriously.

Visited December 2013
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