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FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam

FOAM – Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam – is a renowned photography museum on the Keizersgracht canal in the centre of Amsterdam.

It holds regular exhibitions of photos from both noted international and younger up-and-coming photographers. FOAM has become the most visited photography museum in the Netherlands.

The FOAM museum opened its doors in 2001. The listed building at Keizersgracht 609 was originally a former canal warehouse which was converted into the Fodor Museum in 1863 (which was subsequently shut down in 1993).

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FOAM Museum Amsterdam – entrance area

The large canal house has a pleasant, relaxed ambience with modern interior. The first exhibition room on the ground floor has large windows giving views out to the lush garden – although unfortunately this outdoor area is not accessible to the public.

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FOAM Museum Amsterdam – exhibition gallery from entrance

FOAM Amsterdam normally runs 2-4 simultaneous exhibitions which provides some variety for the visitor. FOAM can feature contrasting photographic styles – from street and landscape photography to more artistic work including visual installations.

Exhibitions are spread over 4 floors of the house and run for approximately 3 months.

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FOAM Museum Amsterdam – exhibition gallery

FOAM 3h is a project space where recently graduated photographers can present their first solo exhibition.

FOAM also runs a variety of workshops, podcasts and discussions about photography. FOAM publishes its FOAM magazine about 3 times per year for an international audience.

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FOAM Museum Amsterdam – gallery space

At the museum there is a FOAM Café for snacks and drinks with free WiFi available. There is a shop in the foyer which sells FOAM magazines, photography-themed books and posters.

For photography enthusiasts FOAM is certainly worth a visit. A short walk away is also the Huis Marseille Photography Museum.

It is recommended to pre-book a ticket and timeslot online in advance.

FOAM Museum Essential Info

Opening TimesSat-Wed 1000-1800, Thu-Fri 1000-2100.
Admission Prices (2021)€12.50 for adults, €9.50 for students and €8.50 for CJP cultural youth pass holders. FREE entry for children 0-12, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders. Cash is not accepted at the front desk. Special exhibitions may attract a small supplement.

You can pre-book tickets online here 

Getting ThereFOAM museum is located on the Keizersgracht canal a short walk from Muntplein. Walk down Vijzelstraat and turn left onto the Keizersgracht (north side). Metro 52 stops at nearby Vijzelgracht.

FOAM Photography Museum, Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 551 6500, foam.org

Last updated 21 August 2021. This article was first published in 2010 and has been regularly updated.

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