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Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography

Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 531 8989
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Huis Marseille is Amsterdam's first photography museum. For over fifteen years now, Huis Marseille has been offering a varied exhibition program in which photography's rich history and diverse uses are given consideration. In addition to this, the museum also frequently shows work from its own collection of contemporary photography. Huis Marseille serves as a platform for the particularization of photography. The museum provides a view of the 'landscape' taking shape in photography; it presents photographers, artists and forms of photography which do justice to visual quality and which can be counted among the medium's major, but also lesser known, highlights. This stands in contrast to the profusion of photography as a mass medium. In terms of the installation of exhibitions, the unique structure of this house plays a significant role. Each of the thirteen exhibition spaces has its own specific character, yet all of them relate well to the work on display. The building still has the atmosphere of a 'gentleman's residence', but its rooms have now become galleries. A sense of warmth and intimacy has remained. Huis Marseille strives to make the visitor feel welcome in these home-like surroundings.
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Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

visited the museum to see the exhibtion of photos (and film) by Eddo Hartmann, a Dutch photographer. He visited North Korea a couple of times to take pictures, here exhibited until March 4th 2018: An interesting exhibition with, for me, a bit eery pictures. Huge...More

Thank henrivantilburg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

House Marseille is actually two houses joined together by a rich French merchant. I guess he found the standard Amsterdam grachthuis a little narrow for French standards. This enables two full size exhibitions at once, each occupying most levels of one house (and a little...More

Thank Christophe C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This gallery is a confusing and poorly laid out space. There were 2 exhibitions in the gallery and it doesn’t flow well so you find yourself going from one exhibition to the other and back again therefore you end up not sure if you’ve missed...More

Thank Hotel_TravellerUk
Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

This is not a museum but rather exhibition place. You will not see any history of photography in Amsterdam or Netherlands. They have special exhibitions by individual photographers. I was lucky not to pay as I had I Amsterdam card. If I paid I would...More

Thank Vaclav K
Reviewed November 16, 2017

A relief from crowded places with long queues, this small museum is an elegant, canal-side townhouse beautiful to look at, quiet to explore, with rather interesting photography. A peaceful garden and the Bible exhibit upstairs rounds off a very pleasant afternoon.

Thank Kavanagh_CHall
Reviewed November 14, 2017

I haven't been to many photography museums but I really loved this one. The house itself is beautiful and the exhibit I saw of Jamie Hawkesworth's work was really fascinating. He had several very different exhibits that were each moving in their own way. I...More

Thank Margaret W
Reviewed October 16, 2017

A renovated old house, it comprises 3 floors of exhibition space, a beautiful garden, and a basement. When I was there in September, the whole house was occupied by an exhibition that, to a professional photographer, was no better than instagrams. A complete waste of...More

Thank L K
Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

Great ambiance, two connected old buildings. Little stairways bring you to new rooms with gorgeous photography (depends on the exhibition of course). The garden and little garden exhibition space are a nice bonus.

Thank Erikvds123
Reviewed August 19, 2017

This is one of the two photography museums in Amsterdam and slightly more interesting and better laid out than FOAM. They are both niche museums not for the masses but for the serious museum goers. Both have changing exhibits but at the present moment, this...More

1  Thank ZenHealer7
Reviewed August 9, 2017

If you are interested in photography then you should visit this museum. A nice building. You also get to see how these "houses" on the canals look like. There is a backyard too.

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February 23, 2017|
Response from Roadtripper66 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. That is exactly what we did and no line! Good luck.
April 27, 2016|
Response from Emmy W | Reviewed this property |
I would look af both websides first to see what the exhibitions of the moment are and choose the one you like most. If you like them both as well I would choose the huis of Marseille for this is also an interesting old... More