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Review of Museum Het Schip

Museum Het Schip
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam
Ranked #103 of 532 things to do in Amsterdam
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is a wonderful place to view the Amsterdam School of art close up and in detail. Indeed it is those details that make this such a rewarding experience. Normally I shy away from guided tours, but in this case you MUST go on one of the tours to get the full benefit. (There are some tours in English.) Seems a bunch of art students run the place and it is one of them that guides you.

You begin with something as simple a telephone box, but the guide points out not ony the features of the box (the double doors, the stained glass, etc.) but what they represent (e.g.: the telegraph lines in the glass, with the birds on). Then you are off round the building to be shown how the whole thing fits together, then into a restored flat then into a garden which contains street "furniture" such as electrical boxes - each carefully designed to fit the theme.

All in all, a unique event in a unique place. Worth the little hassle of figuring out where to get the (frequent) bus from... Not one for the kids, though.

3  Thank gerard_bartley
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you have any interest in architecture of the early 20th century, then this area of Amsterdam is well worth a visit.

The Amsterdam School is an artistic movement that began around 1915. Although the first building in this style (the Scheepvaarthuis) was commissioned by wealthy shipping companies, the Amsterdam School style was also applied to this social housing project for ordinary working people.

It is just amazing how imaginatively ordinary red brick and roof tiles can be used - undulating facades, sculptures carved into the brickwork, curvy, shell-like folds and a purely decorative secular 'church' tower. These decorative blocks of workers' apartments bring to mind both Gaudi and Hundertwasser, yet remain distinctively Dutch - pragmatic, practical, understated, yet totally original.

The tour run by Museum Het Schip is well-worth the money. Not only will the guide explain the history of the Amsterdam School and take you around the main block designed by de Klerk, but you will also get to see the interiors of the old post-office building and one of the apartments just next to the red tower.

To get to this area, head west from Central Station along the Haarlemmerstraat. This is one of the most interesting shopping streets in Amsterdam - lots of quirky shops and cafes - so don't miss it. At the end of Haarlemmerstraat, when you get to the massive stone city gate, follow signs to Het Schip through the park and then turn right through the subway under the railway line.

Museum Het Schip also offers a Sunday morning tour of the Scheepvaarthuis - which is the first building in the Amsterdam style. This is much more flamboyant piece of architecture, employing only the best, most expensive materials, but you can see the similarities in style. This tour includes the roof terrace, from which you get a really good view of Amsterdam.
The Scheepvaarthuis is now a luxury hotel, so the tour is combined with a superb high tea. This is not cheap, but it is of very high quality and rounds off the tour in a perfect way.

3  Thank FionaL_11
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Loved our visit to this museum which is in a building designed by the Amsterdam School of architecture. The project was to build public low cost housing . The prevailing opinion was that even though these apartments were for the poor, the poor also need beauty in their lives. There is a tour which explains all about the details on the building and you can even see an apartment. People still live in these apartments at a relatively low cost.

4  Thank SFGAL8
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

This building is surely off the beaten track (which in my view it is a plus unless it leads to funds shortage...), however it we went because it was extensively described in our guidebook, and sure it's worth the attention if you like architecture. It's one of the most peculiar products of the Amsterdam school, a perfectly preserved, inhabited block of social housing.
The guided tour (approx 50 minutes, every hour 11 to 16 if I remember correctly) is the best way to appreciate the wealth of details and symbols of the exterior and the interior of the building (and the only way to see the museum apartment with reconstructed furniture and access to the bottom of the tower).
Small but interesting book selection, and nice cafe with access to the garden showing street furniture designed by the same architects.
It's only 10 minutes from the center, easy to reach from any point of the outer canal ring by tram #10 (alight at Van L. Stirumstraat‎, second-to-last stop westbound, and follow the signs through the old gas factory in Westerpark, which is worth seeing itself, about 1km walk) or from the Central Station by bus #22 (alight at Spaarndammerstraat‎, about 300m walk).
Free with the "I Amsterdam" card.

4  Thank dilbert1970
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

Het Schip (the ship) is an interesting building designed by Michel de Klerk in the style of the Amsterdam School of Architecture.
All the details are in the following website:
http://www.amsterdam.info/museums/hetschip/.
A tour of the building is held in Dutch or English ( if tourists are around) by a very skillful guide, and is suitable for all ages.

3  Thank Ruthie17
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