Huis Marseille is a contemporary photography museum in Amsterdam. The museum is located on the classy Keizersgracht canal in two monumental 17th century merchant houses.
The house at Keizersgracht 401 was commissioned by a wealthy French merchant called Isaac Focquier and was built in 1665. If you look closely at the facade above the windows you will see a stone plaque with a depiction of Marseille harbour. In 1676 Focquier was declared bankrupt and had to sell the property.
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, Amsterdam’s first photography museum.
In 2013 the museum effectively doubled in size by acquisition of the adjacent house at Keizersgracht 399.
Huis Marseille contains 14 exhibition spaces and a library. On entering the museum you will see some impressive stuccowork on the ceiling of the entrance hall. The garden room also contains a beautiful ceiling painting by renowned Dutch painter Jacob de Wit (1695-1754).
There is an elegant garden at the back with a restored garden house which is one of the exhibition spaces. The garden has a number of seats and benches which allow visitors to enjoy the tranquility of the spot.
Huis Marseille holds around 4 diverse photographic exhibitions per year (changing every 3 months or so) covering a variety of photo genres. The museum is principally focused on ‘photography as an artistic medium’ and often features more avant-garde artists portraying relevant social themes.
There is a small bookshop in the museum which has a specially curated selection of photo books and general merchandise. Note the museum does not have a café (only a coffee machine available) and the building is not fully wheelchair accessible.
There is a special 1 hour guided tour at extra charge available by appointment for a maximum of 15 people.
This museum is recommended if you are interested in photography or just want to have a look inside a grand canal house and garden in Amsterdam.
Close by on Keizersgracht is the FOAM Photography Museum.
Huis Marseille Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||Open daily 1000-1800, closes 2100 on Thursdays.|
|Admission Prices (2023)||€12.50 for adults, €6.50 for seniors 65+, students and CJP cultural youth pass holders. FREE entry for children 0-17, Museumkaart and I Amsterdam City Card holders.|
Order the I Amsterdam City Card online here which includes free entrance to Huis Marseille, FOAM and many other Amsterdam attractions.
|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
Last updated 24 March 2023. This article was first published in 2010 and has been regularly updated.
Links on AmsterdamTips.com may pay us an affiliate commission.