Museum Het Schip
Museum Het Schip
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArchitectural BuildingsHistory Museums
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Museum The Ship is located in the imaginative social housing complex ofthe same name designed by architect Michel de Klerk. This expressionistic housing block was built in 1919 for social housing corporation Eigen Haard. The triangular shape of the building inspired its nickname “The Ship”. It is one of the best examples of the “Amsterdam School”– a movement in architecture and decorative arts that spread across all of the Netherlands.
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Filippo G C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Yesterday, I went for a date at Het Schip musuem.
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed both the indoors tour and walking around the area afterwards, following the instructions of our very friendly and knowledgeable Umberto.
Reccomendable experience, for sure! 💯
Written July 26, 2020
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JUJinPNW
Seattle, WA86 contributions
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May 2023 • Family
Het Schip is one of the centerpieces of the Amsterdam School of architecture and design. One of several social housing projects created by local cooperatives in the 1920s to meet government requirements to provide sanitary, efficient, and aesthetically improved residences for factory workers, Het Schip (colloquially The Ship for the way the complex sits on its triangular site) was the masterwork of Michel de Klerk, who did not live to see its completion. He was part of a group who started in the same architectural office and developed this distinctive edgy arts & crafts style that melded Dutch housing traditions and materials with modern, expressive shapes and ornament in ways that are sophisticated, fanciful and (to me) mind-bendingly wonderful. There are other terrific examples of this style in the city, some of which we’ll try to visit and view in detail. But if we don’t see anything else by de Klerk and his contemporaries, I’ll be content having spent time with Het Schip. It’s still occupied as apartments but the primary school portion has been made into an excellent museum on this socialist-motivated movement to foster humane modernity. Visited in May 2023 and there was an exciting exhibit on the explicit influence of Indonesian folk architecture and design on de Klerk and others in his circle. Which then contributed to the delightful mixture of Art Deco styles through the Dutch pavilion at the 1925 Paris Exposition.
Written May 20, 2023
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jtbnyc
Amsterdam, The Netherlands320 contributions
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Jan 2023
Everywhere you look in Amsterdam you see the influence and product of the early 20th c Amsterdam School of Architecture. No where is there a better demonstration of what this is all about and how it evolved - uniquely Dutch - but compatible with Horta in Brussels, Gaudi in Barcelona, Frank Lloyd Wright in the US, and Mendelsonn in Berlin. This slightly out of the way (but walkable) collection of buildings with museum, cafe, and shop offer English and Dutch guided tours as well as intelligently presented displays explaining the people and the work, AND the important influence on the region of the Amsterdam School. Fascinating!
Written January 4, 2023
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Anna C
Bury St. Edmunds, UK37 contributions
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Jul 2013 • Couples
Having rather overdosed on high culture, this visit was a welcome change. We were taken on a guided tour (English speaking on Saturday at 11am, Sunday at 12 noon ... and probably at other times, send them an email to check times and to book) of the Post Office, around the outside of "The ship" and of an apartment which was decorated as it would have been when new. Our guide was a Social History student and was very good at bringing the whole experience to life, talking about the emotions and experiences of the people involved. We rounded off the visit with a simple Dutch lunchtime snack in the cafe.

Definitely a recommended attraction ... and we plan to visit other buildings of the Amsterdam school of Architecture on our next visit, like the Grand Hotel Amrath for a cup of coffee
Written July 23, 2013
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cityfan097
The Hague, The Netherlands168 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Solo
Remarkable building, designed as a social housing project to house Catholic socialists in the early decades of the 20th century. We took the 45 minute Dutch walking tour organised by the museum, excellent guide. Saw the original post office and one apartment, both largely as they were in the early days.
Written March 1, 2019
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Marjorie Y
Oakland, CA194 contributions
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Jul 2012 • Couples
Loved our visit to this museum which is in a building designed by the Amsterdam School of architecture. The project was to build public low cost housing . The prevailing opinion was that even though these apartments were for the poor, the poor also need beauty in their lives. There is a tour which explains all about the details on the building and you can even see an apartment. People still live in these apartments at a relatively low cost.
Written July 16, 2012
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Marco P
Casalecchio di Reno, Italy103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
This building is surely off the beaten track (which in my view it is a plus unless it leads to funds shortage...), however it we went because it was extensively described in our guidebook, and sure it's worth the attention if you like architecture. It's one of the most peculiar products of the Amsterdam school, a perfectly preserved, inhabited block of social housing.
The guided tour (approx 50 minutes, every hour 11 to 16 if I remember correctly) is the best way to appreciate the wealth of details and symbols of the exterior and the interior of the building (and the only way to see the museum apartment with reconstructed furniture and access to the bottom of the tower).
Small but interesting book selection, and nice cafe with access to the garden showing street furniture designed by the same architects.
It's only 10 minutes from the center, easy to reach from any point of the outer canal ring by tram #10 (alight at Van L. Stirumstraat‎, second-to-last stop westbound, and follow the signs through the old gas factory in Westerpark, which is worth seeing itself, about 1km walk) or from the Central Station by bus #22 (alight at Spaarndammerstraat‎, about 300m walk).
Free with the "I Amsterdam" card.
Written February 16, 2012
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Marieke V
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Jun 2018 • Friends
Don’t forget to visit Museum Het Schip (“The Ship”), a beautiful hidden jewel behind the Westerpark. The museum is established inside an appartment complex build between 1919-1921 in the Amsterdam School style, a style inspired by the Art Deco and Jugendstil and a reaction against industrialisation. The appartment complex was build for the working class, and even more specific for the socialist workers here in Amsterdam. The museum is small, but to compensate you can join a tour that is included in the ticket price. The guide will take you around the building and show you places that are otherwise closed for the general public, like an original post office and museum appartment with an original 1920s interior. If you are interested in architecture and the history of Amsterdam and want to visit a museum that is still unknown even to locals this is the place to be!

The museum also organizes tours in Amsterdam by foot, bike, bus and boat, as well as tours in the beautiful Amrath hotel and the Dageraad complex! Check out their website for a full description of all the tours and events they organize: hetschip.nl
Written June 22, 2018
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Kristin S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Stumbled upon this during a lazy sunday stroll. What an interesting place! Learned alot about The amsterdam school (which from a less-architectural-interested person actually was enjoyable)! Amazing to See and hear how people lived, and interesting to hear what The city of Amsterdam did to improve The slum-life of most amsterdammers! Have to give a shout-out to The most friendly and knowledgable guides! You made The our day!
Written January 26, 2016
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Amy J
Buenos Aires, Argentina76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
...was the map they gave us with our tickets (€15 ea.) to navigate this magnificent Museum. You enter an open courtyard (South) from which you reach the stairs (and elevators) to the different sections: East, West and North. We started at "West" with a 'Circus at Sea' intended for children but that we also enjoyed, 'My Expo', and interactive show where you could create a storm at sea. "The Tale of the Whale" from hunting to toys and conservation, and "See you in the Golden Age" where actors describe in a movie, that appears and vanishes as you walk, how Holland became a world power. They remark hard work and a simple life as the foolproof recipe. Then we passed onto "East" with "The Paintings" ample exhibition of maritime themes by Dutch painters of different eras: Men of War, battles, storms, fires, disasters, calm seas, pleasure cruises to choose from. "The Ship Decorations" the most interesting of which were the collection of Ships Figureheads. "The Navigational Instruments" before radar. "The Photo Abum" stories of immigration told as you sat comfortably. "The Yacht Models" old and new."The Globes" the world as was imagined more than seen. "The Glass, Silver and Porcelain" that adorned banquets.
And "North" for the "Port of Amsterdam", the famous "Amsterdam" Indiaman (perfect duplicate) "A Voyage at Sea" where you tried to survive sinking by rowing for your life. And, since part of the beautiful building is used for private parties, we witnessed a wedding what is supposed to bring you luck. It did bring us luck: we spent a fantastic afternoon at the Museum Het Schip.
Written October 15, 2013
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