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Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam

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Address: Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Foam enables people all over the world to experience and enjoy photography,...

Foam enables people all over the world to experience and enjoy photography, whether it's at our museum in Amsterdam, on the website, via Foam Magazine or in our Editions Gallery.Completed in 1716, the building where Foam is situated - Keizersgracht 609 - first operated as a warehouse. In 2002 it became Foam and has since been a hotspot for photography lovers.Foam nurtures and shows upcoming artists in combination with exhibitions of well known photographers and historical work. It has a gallery, library, bookshop and cafe.

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We really had a good time at Foam. Even though it isn't massive, we had a good time looking at the artworks. Cant recall the group show that was up at the time but really enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 4, 2016
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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2016 via mobile

We used or free admission with the IAmsterdam pass to gain entry to this museum. The exhibits were interesting, but definitely 'artsy photography'. So, we were happy we didn't spend the $10 for admission. If you like more traditional photography, check their website for current exhibits prior to going. The museum is very nice, had a coat check, coffee shop... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2016

Some artists were professionals and impressive photograthers, however others were truely bad. The museum is in the centre of the city and really easy to get to. The museum's bar is really expensive, but i suppose that is expected. The entrace fee to FOAM about £7.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2016

The last time I was here, I saw the traveling Vivien Maier show. It was excellent, although because of her now-found popularity, was crowded. Still this is a very classy museum, nicely organized and filled with fascinating things to see. Don't miss it!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

We went there because I had free tickets. Then it was okay. A small museum with very arty pictures. You have to understand it to enjoy it.

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Pretoria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2016

We really had a good time at Foam. Even though it isn't massive, we had a good time looking at the artworks. Cant recall the group show that was up at the time but really enjoyed the work.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2015

If you enjoy photography and you're in Amsterdam, this is a place not to be missed. The museum is not that big, but there are usually around 4 different projects displayed. The museum can be easily reached by public transport from the main station via tram 24 towards the VU medical center (get out at Keizersgracht).

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2015

I go here regularly. For me personally, no more than 50% of the exhibitions are worthwhile. But I go all the same, in case I might miss something. Don't bother going to the very top floor, I have never understood what that is all about. The cafe is good, as the food is prepared from scratch. It is slow as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2015

A fine two hours spent in the early morning, I was directed by my B&B hosts to visit this enticing photography museum. Great B&W Magnum show. Visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2015

I came here with a view that what I would be getting is just standard photography, but this place offers so much more - it felt more like an art gallery to me with the many installations (Paul Bogaers' "My Life in the Bush of Shadows"), but of course with standard black-and-white nudes framed in the classiest manner possible. It... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2015

Although rather small and with only a few exhibitions going at a time, it really is a wonderful museum. When I visited, there was an exhibition by Paul Bogaers called My Life in the Bush of Ghosts which I thoroughly enjoyed. Great to spend a good 45 minutes in before going out to do some photography of your own !

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