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. With some 200,000 annual visitors, FOAM is the most popular photography museum in the Netherlands.
The museum is located in a large canal house and has a pleasant, relaxed ambience. The interior is quite modern with large windows giving views out to the garden – this is not accessible to the public. There is also the FOAM Café for snacks and drinks with free WiFi available.
FOAM Amsterdam normally runs 2 or 3 simultaneous exhibitions which provides some variety for the visitor – and exhibitions are changed every couple of months. FOAM also runs a variety of workshops, guided tours, lectures and discussions about photography.
Free 1 hour guided tours are held every Thursday evening at 1830 (Dutch) and 1930 (English) which give a more in-depth insight into the exhibition.
There is a shop in the foyer which sells photography themed books and posters.
Not far away is the Huis Marseille Photography Museum.
Note, FOAM was closed between 13 March and 31 May 2020 due to coronavirus measures. Since reopening on 1 June it is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot in order to maintain 1.5m social distancing. There are a limited number of visitors allowed and one-way walking routes are in effect.
FOAM Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||Sat-Wed 1000-1800, Thu-Fri 1000-2100.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€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 There||FOAM 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. Tram 24 stops at Muntplein.|
FOAM Photography Museum, Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 551 6500, foam.org