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Huis Marseille Photography Museum in Amsterdam

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.

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Huis Marseille museum Amsterdam – building entrance

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.

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Huis Marseille museum Amsterdam – plaque

In 2013 the museum effectively doubled in size by acquisition of the adjacent house at Keizersgracht 399.

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Huis Marseille museum Amsterdam – corridor

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.

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Huis Marseille museum Amsterdam – garden

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.

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Huis Marseille museum Amsterdam – library

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. Close by on Keizersgracht is the FOAM Photography Museum.

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

Huis Marseille Museum Essential Info

Opening TimesOpen daily, 1000-1800 Fri-Wed, 1000-2100 Thu.
Admission Prices (2021)€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 ThereThe 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 13 August 2021. This article was first published in 2010 and has been regularly updated.

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