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.
Note, Huis Marseille 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.
Huis Marseille Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||1000-1800 Sat-Tue, 1000-2100 Wed-Fri.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€9.00 for adults, €4.50 for seniors 65+, students and CJP cultural youth pass holders. FREE entry for children 0-17, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders.|
|Getting There||The Huis Marseille Museum is on the Keizersgracht canal, a short walk (north-west) from Leidsestraat. From Amsterdam Central take trams 2,11 or 12 to Keizersgracht.|
Huis Marseille Museum, Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 531 8989, huismarseille.nl