The Moco (Modern Contemporary) Museum Amsterdam is a new independently funded museum located on Museumplein next-door to the Van Gogh Museum.
Opened in 2016, Moco is Amsterdam’s latest museum and plans to bring exhibitions featuring major protagonists and pioneers of the modern art world.
The museum is located in the Villa Alsberg townhouse on Museumplein. This building dates from 1904 and was designed by Dutch architect Eduard Cuypers, cousin of the iconic Pierre Cuypers who designed the nearby Rijksmuseum and also Amsterdam Central Station.
The house was a family home until 1939, was then used by priests teaching at the Saint Nicolas school and subsequently became the offices of a law firm.
The Moco museum was founded by Lionel and Kim Logchies, owners of the Lionel Gallery in Amsterdam. The couple specialise in art from the likes of Banksy, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Picasso and Salvador Dali.
The opening exhibition of Banksy: Laugh Now has become a permanent fixture at MOCO. With some 50 works by the street artist including the Beanfield work and the SWAT van, it is the first time his work has been exhibited in a museum.
A temporary exhibition from another artist changes about every 9 months.
There is a free audio tour (own device only) which complements the exhibitions. It is available in 6 languages – Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
The museum has a small shop on the ground floor. Outside the Moco garden displays various works of art.
Moco is also available for private hire in the evenings for meetings and functions.
The Moco museum has become a welcome addition and alternative to the big 3 museums (Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk) on Museumplein.
Note, the MOCO Museum 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 is a limit of 150 visitors per hour.
MOCO Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||Sun-Thu 0900-1900, Fri-Sat 0900-2000.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€15.50 for adults, €14.00 for children 13-17, FREE entry for children 0-12.
Pre-book your MOCO Museum entry tickets here
|Getting There||The MOCO Museum is a 10 minute walk from Leidseplein. From Amsterdam Central, trams 2, 12 and 24 stop at the nearby Rijksmuseum; or take metro line 52 to Vijzelgracht station which is about 7 mins walk away; from Amsterdam Zuid, take metro 52 or tram 5; from Amsterdam Sloterdijk take tram 19 to Spiegelgracht stop; from Schiphol airport, bus 397 also stops at the Rijksmuseum.|
MOCO Museum, Honthorststraat 20, 1071 DE Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 370 1997, mocomuseum.com