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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
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2016
Leeds, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars 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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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

In 2 connected houses on the Keizersgracht you find a very good photo museum. Often they have great exhibitions and it is also an opportunity to see how the houses of the wealthy people have looked like in the golden age. In the library lots of great photo books to look in to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

This was my favourite museum/gallery trip over my long weekend in Amsterdam. In all I had been to the Rijk and Stedelijk and neither really captured my interest as well as Huis Mareille. I opted for here over Foam as I fancied visiting the outdoor area and cafe but it was currently under construction, but would definitely visit again on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice place to visit. A bit overpriced, I think, for what you get. There seems to be no permanent exhibition, so you take a chance that you might like the current work that's on show. I didn't. Another time I may have. But the interior of the building was worth seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful retrospective from an old couples life. I definitely recommend. Adding a picture from an installation wall from Esko Manniko

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