Huis Marseille is a contemporary photography museum in Amsterdam.
The museum is located on the classy Keizersgracht canal in a 17th century merchant house dating back to 1665.
The house at Keizersgracht 401 was originally commissioned by a wealthy French merchant called Isaac Focquier - if you look closely at the facade you will see a stone plaque with a depiction of Marseille harbour. In the 1990s the house was purchased by the De Pont Museum (Tilburg) and restored - it opened to the public in 1999 as the 'Huis Marseille' photography museum.
Recently the museum has doubled in size by expanding into the adjacent house at Keizersgracht 399 via connecting doorways.
Huis Marseille currently contains 13 exhibition spaces and a library. There is also an elegant garden at the back with restored Garden House which is open to visitors. On entering the museum you will see some impressive stuccowork on the ceiling of the Entrance Hall; The Garden Room (pictured below left) contains a beautiful ceiling painting by renowned Dutch painter Jacob de Wit (1695-1754).
Huis Marseille holds 4 diverse photographic exhibitions per year (changing every 3 months) covering a variety of photo genres. The standard of the photography chosen for exhibitions is excellent. Various workshops and guided tours are held in conjunction with exhibitions.
This museum is recommended if you are interested in photography or just want to have a look inside a grand canal house. Close by on Keizersgracht is the FOAM Photography Museum.
Huis Marseille Essential Info
Opening Times: 1100-1800 (Tue-Sun), closed Mondays.
Getting There: The museum is on the Keizersgracht canal, a short walk (north-west) from Leidsestraat - served by trams 1, 2 or 5.
Marseille, Keizersgracht 401, Amsterdam
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