Of course, when you’re in Amsterdam you should spend some time in world-famous museums like Van Gogh, Rijks and Stedelijk. But the city offers so much more when you’re crazy about art. In smaller, more serene museums. Here is my top 3 Lesser Known Museums of Amsterdam
Het Schip – Architecture
You’ll find Het Schip in the peaceful Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood, near Westerpark. The museum exhibits the development of Amsterdam School architecture, a Dutch version of modern art. Several neighbourhoods in the city centre are built in the Amsterdam School architecture, a popular style in the first part of the 20th century. De Pijp, Rivierenbuurt and De Baarsjes (Amsterdam-West) for example. 2016 is ‘The Year of the Amsterdam School’. Make sure you save some time to explore the Spaarndammerbuurt, a hidden gem in Amsterdam.
FOAM – Photo
If you’re in the mood for an inspiring photo exhibition, go to the FOAM museum in the heart of the Dutch capital. The museum is located at Keizersgracht, one of the most important and beautiful canals in Amsterdam history. FOAM, based in a medieval warehouse, ‘discovers, develops, defines, publishes and stimulates’ photography. On Thursday nights, FOAM offers a free guided tour. Great service, brilliant exhibition. You’ll find the museum between Rembrandt Square and Heineken Brewery. Address: Keizersgracht 609. Alternatively, go to Huis Marseille. This special museum is located on Keizersgracht 401.
Amsterdam Museum – History
Before visiting Amsterdam, read ‘Amsterdam, A History of the World’s Most Liberal City’, written by the American Russel Shorto. It’s a fascinating portrait of the city and its uniqueness. Just like the book, Amsterdam Museum is dedicated to Amsterdam: ‘Then, now and in the future’