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Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography

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Address: Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 531 8989
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Huis Marseille is Amsterdam's first photography museum. For over fifteen...

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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Two beautiful Canal houses, now a nice museum of Photography

This is the museum in Amsterdam I've visited most. Not because it has blockbusters, but because of its nice atmosphere. They organise different exhibitions of photographers from... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the museum in Amsterdam I've visited most. Not because it has blockbusters, but because of its nice atmosphere. They organise different exhibitions of photographers from all over the world. Maybe not always my taste, but certainly surprising and entertaining. I even bought some original photographes. And don't forget to visit the small but excellent bookshop and the nice... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were expecting to see, as advertised, "everything to do with photography" perhaps examples of early photography equipment and photographs. Instead, it was a very sparse exhibition of some photographs taken by a couple of modern, unknown photographers. Some of them without any explanation. Reception staff just businesslike but unfriendly, and the entrance fee definitely too high for what we... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were freindly and let us know which way to go and not to forget to check out the garden. Very peaceful and tranquil. However art is personal and maybe I just didn't rate the photographer they were currently displaying. The building is lovely and the prints are well spaced to allow you to enjoy them. Not for the mobility... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can't help feeling that these beautiful Dutch buildings were suited to being used as galleries much more when photographers made smaller prints than they do these days. In each exquisite room you may only see a few prints because of the size of the print and the shape of the room. This also means you may only get to... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

....if you have impaired mobility. I appreciate that not everywhere is accessible, especially in the historic canal areas, but the woman at the desk wins my lifetime achievement award for unhelpfulness. There's just no need for it. Thankfully she was a rare exception - the Amsterdammers are generally a lovely (and inclusive) bunch.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

There were only one exhibition in the museum of one Photographer and it was absolutely nonsense's. Not worth a visit.Especially if you think what wonderful photographers there are out there. Waste of money

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016

Lovely work displayed in a lovely building. Harder to find than I thought but when we did it was good. Some strange pieces but its to different peoples tastes. Free lockers. A shop with a MASSIVE selection of books! I bought a small one on sale but if I had more money I would have spent it all in there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

Interesting exhibitions displayed in a rather beautiful building. We primarily went to see the work of Martin Roemers, but also very much enjoyed Dana Lixenberg's work. Definitely worth a visit, certainly when you're into photography AND want to visit something else than the usual museums.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

There were two exhibitions going on when I visited, Martin Roemer's "Metropolis" and Dana Lixenberg's "Imperial Courts". Both were excellent. The building or venue is nice. It is a more relaxed venue than FOAM.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2016

Housed in a large 'townhouse' the gallery was split into two major multi-floor exhibitions. Both were interesting and the exhibitions were extensive, with multi-media to complement them. There is also an interesting bookshop. Worth a short detour is you have interest in photography.

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