The Stedelijk Museum (Municipal Museum) in Amsterdam, Netherlands is a museum for contemporary and modern art and design.
The museum recently reopened after a major renovation and expansion. The original red brick and stone Stedelijk building dates back to 1895 having been designed by Dutch architect A. W. Weissman. Its bell tower and gable ends were inspired by 16th century Dutch Renaissance architecture.
The modern new annex designed by Benthem Crouwel is now attached to the old building like a giant white bathtub. Completed in 2012 at a cost of over €125m, the new wing provides the museum with a combined total of 8,000 m2 exhibition space. The new main entrance now faces Museumplein. At ground floor level large glass windows give the foyer plenty of natural light.
The Stedelijk has an important collection of contemporary and modern art - works include those from pre-war masters Cézanne, Chagal, Malevich, Matisse and Picasso; examples of the Dutch De Stijl Movement such as Pieter Mondriaan's colour abstracts and Gerrit Rietveld's chair and bedroom designs can be seen; paintings by Karel Appel and others from the avant-garde CoBrA art movement; a collection of pop-art from the likes of Lichtenstein, Polke and Warhol; minimalist art from Judd, Newman and Stella.
Stedelijk features a collection of 20th century industrial design, graphic design and applied arts - including furniture, textiles, ceramics, glassware and a comprehensive collection of rare posters; cutting-edge installations and sculptures, video and photographic presentations.
The Stedelijk galleries are located over 3 floors - the ground floor (permanent collection) is split between art before 1960 and the design works. The upper floor features a rotating collection of art after 1950 and a temporary exhibition space; the basement also has a large temporary exhibition area.
Audio tours are available in 6 languages (Dutch, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish) and last 90 minutes. This costs €5 on top of the admittance. There is also a 1 hour family audio tour in Dutch and English. Visitors with kids are also welcome to visit the family lab room on the ground floor.
Specially tailored guided tours are available for €85 per hour in Dutch; €95 per hour in English, French or German. Tour costs do not include admission fee.
Those who want to do more in depth research on the collection can access the Stedelijk Museum library reading room in the basement of the new wing.
A museum shop can be found in the main foyer run by book sellers Walther König.
Restaurant Stedelijk (T: +31(0)20 573 2651) at the other end of the foyer is open to the public from 0830 till midnight selling a reasonably wide selection of drinks, snacks and mains (€10-€22) including seafood options like oysters and lobster. Organic and sustainable products are used where possible.
The smaller Zadelhof café sells drinks and snacks on the upper floor.
For fans of modern art the Stedelijk is probably a must-visit.
Stedelijk Essential Info
Opening Times: Daily 1000-1800, Thurs 1000-2200.
Admission Prices (2016): €15 for adults, free entry to children 0-18 / Iamsterdam City Card / Museum Card holders. Special exhibitions can attract an entry supplement.
Getting There: Stedelijk is a 10 minute walk from Leidseplein. The main entrance is on Museumplein, with a back entrance on Paulus Potterstraat. Trams 2, 3, 5 and 12 stop at Van Baerlestraat; trams 16 and 24 stop at Museumplein.
Museumplein 10, Amsterdam
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