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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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+31 20 531 8989
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building is really great. You can see 2 huge canal houses from the inside. Super. Now there are 2 exhibitions, one with pictures from around 1940, and the other, more recent from refugees in Brussels. Here's the thing I miss, as a photographer; non...More

Thank Harry C
Reviewed June 2, 2017

There was an Egypt exhibit there which was ho-hum. Pix I had seen before. Another artist, very few paintings, and not to my taste. The house, however, is huge, from late 1600s. Has a couple of ornate rooms with ceiling painting. EU8 and EU4 for...More

Thank IntrepidTraveller777
Reviewed May 10, 2017

This place does not get enough attention compared to the great, world-famous museums in Amsterdam. It is a small gem, a beautiful canal mansion with great photographic art, perfect for a relaxed afternoon.

Thank TLoggs
Reviewed May 7, 2017

I like rambling through this museum across its two canal houses and nice garden. The size allows for multiple exhibitions at the same time. On my recent visit, there was the art of Jeff Cowen. Many of his mixed media works are closer to painting...More

Thank Paul L
Reviewed May 2, 2017

This photography museum is housed in two adjoining canal houses. It is a maze of steps getting from one section to another. It might be difficult for someone with limited mobility to navigate. The museum has temporary exhibits by various artists. When we were there,...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2017

The Netherlands did not have a museum of photography until the Huis Marseille opened in 1999. Housed in the former home of a French merchant, there are thirteen exhibition spaces within the 1665 structure. They generally devote all the spaces to the current temporary showing....More

Thank Stu S
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I'm a regular visitor to Huis Marseille and it's my favourite museum for photography in Amsterdam by milllleeees. There is never a big crowd, so you can enjoy the exhibits in relative solitude. It's situated in an old canal house, which is a museum in...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed March 11, 2017

One of two photography museums in Amsterdam along with FOAM. It hosts a number of temporary exhibitions, some that seem to come from their own collection.

Thank Gerard_S77
Reviewed March 7, 2017

The exhibitions change here so the one I saw Regarding Nature by Chrystel Lebas is now finishing. However I am sure the museum is always worth checking out. I like photography so would always go and check out what's on. As another reviewer said the...More

Thank wicklowcharm
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

This museum on the canal is a small gem. One big exhibition and a smaller one, and a nice library too. Have to come back and check that out. And one surprise: the back garden with a small place to see more photos.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
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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