The Stedelijk Museum (Municipal Museum) in Amsterdam, Netherlands is a museum for contemporary and modern art and design. The museum can be found on the Museumplein square close to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.
The original red brick and stone Stedelijk building dates back to 1895 having been designed by Dutch architect A. W. Weissman. Its bell tower and gable ends were inspired by 16th century Dutch Renaissance architecture.
The modern annex designed by Benthem Crouwel is attached to the old building like a giant white bathtub. Completed in 2012 at a cost of over €125m, the new wing provides the museum with a combined total of 8,000 m2 exhibition space.
The main entrance now faces Museumplein. At ground floor level large glass windows give the foyer plenty of natural light.
The Stedelijk has an important collection of contemporary and modern art – works include those from pre-war masters Cézanne, Chagal, Malevich, Matisse and Picasso; examples of the Dutch De Stijl Movement such as Pieter Mondriaan’s colour abstracts and Gerrit Rietveld’s chair and bedroom designs can be seen.
Also paintings by Karel Appel and others from the avant-garde CoBrA art movement; a collection of pop-art from the likes of Lichtenstein, Polke and Warhol; minimalist art from Judd, Newman and Stella.
Stedelijk also features a collection of 20th century industrial design, graphic design and applied arts – including furniture, textiles, ceramics, glassware and a comprehensive collection of rare posters; cutting-edge installations and sculptures, video and photographic presentations.
The Stedelijk Museum is spread over 3 levels. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 diverse works from the Stedelijk collection. These are sorted around influential artists, social themes and historic art movements.
STEDELIJK BASE part 1 (1880-1980) takes up the entire lower level (-1) gallery. STEDELIJK BASE part 2 (1980 onwards) is found on the top floor (+1) of the modern wing, accessible directly via a long escalator.
In the original building, the ground floor (level 0) has the STEDELIJK TURNS exhibition which shows a changing display from the collection. The top floor (+1) has STEDELIJK NOW, where temporary exhibitions are on view.
Free audio tours are available in 6 languages (Dutch, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish). Specially tailored guided tours are available.
Those who want to do more in depth research on the collection can access the Stedelijk Museum library reading room in the basement of the new wing. It is open Tue-Sat 1200-1700.
A museum shop can be found in the main foyer run by book sellers Walther König.
Restaurant Stedelijk (T: +31(0)20 573 2651) at the other end of the foyer is open to the public from 0930 till midnight selling a reasonably wide selection of drinks, snacks and mains (€10-€22) including seafood options like oysters and lobster. Organic and sustainable products are used where possible.
The smaller Zadelhof café sells drinks and snacks on the upper floor.
For fans of modern art the Stedelijk is probably a must-visit.
Nearby is the smaller MOCO Museum for contemporary art.
Stedelijk Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||Daily 1000-1800, Fri 1000-2200.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€18.50 for adults, students and CJP cultural youth pass €10, free entry to children 0-18, Iamsterdam City Card or Museumkaart holders. You can pre-book tickets online here. Special exhibitions can attract an entry supplement.|
|Getting There||Stedelijk is a 10 minute walk from Leidseplein. From Amsterdam Central, trams 2/12 stop at van Baerlestraat; tram 24 stops at De Lairessestraat; or take metro line 52 to Vijzelgracht station which is about 8 mins walk away; from Amsterdam Zuid, take tram 5 to van Baerlestraat; from Amsterdam Sloterdijk take tram 19 to Spiegelgracht stop; from Schiphol airport, bus 397 stops at De Lairessestraat.|
Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 573 2911, stedelijk.nl