STRAAT Museum is a spectacular museum for street art and graffiti located in the NDSM-wharf area in Amsterdam. The museum is housed in a large former shipyard warehouse (lasloods) which provides a total of 8,000m² gallery space.
The building is adorned with a 240m² mural of Anne Frank (‘Let Me Be Myself’) which was created in 2016 by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra.
The museum officially opened its doors in October 2020 after some years of development and challenges including the lockdown measures.
The exhibition hosts 153 large-scale pieces of artwork made by 140 artists from 32 nationalities, both well-renowned and upcoming talent.
The museum tries to address the question whether street art can still be called ‘street art’ if exhibited inside. To retain authenticity, each artist was individually invited to the museum to create their work on site and to offer perspectives on their work.
STRAAT Museum has laid its exhibition like a city, where visitors can take a street art tour around the streets and intersections. Labels are in English and Dutch. The artworks have been grouped into 5 main themes:
Personal – street art as a reflection of the artist’s world
Aesthetical – creating perfect shapes
Grounded – the connection of street art with its surroundings
Conscious – using street art to raise awareness of issues
Empathic – communicating to an audience through art
We loved the industrial setting, the colour and vibrancy of the artworks and the sheer impressive scale of the place. There is a indoor panorama deck and cafe which give excellent views of the galleries.
There is an audio tour available for €2.50. A 1 hour guided tour by an expert is also available for booking in advance – these run Saturdays and Sundays at 1300/1430/1600 and cost an extra €10 on top of the entrance fee.
The museum also runs street art & graffiti workshops for private groups and events.
Please note the floor surface can be uneven, so watch your step!
STRAAT is a highly impressive addition to Amsterdam’s museum scene. For street art lovers this is a must-visit.
It is recommended to pre-book a ticket and timeslot online in advance.
STRAAT Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||1000-1800 (Wed-Sun), closed Mon-Tue. Every last Friday of the month the museum is open until 2300 for ‘Beats & Pieces’ with DJs and lighting.|
|Admission Prices (2022)||€17.50 for adults, €12.50 for students, €8.50 for children 13-18. FREE entry to children 0-12. There is a 25% discount for Iamsterdam City card holders. Note, the Museumkaart is NOT valid.|
|Getting There||Take the free GVB Amsterdam ferry from behind Central Station (on the left-hand side) to NDSM-werf. These run approximately 2-4x per hour and the trip takes 15 mins. The last ferry back to Central is at 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.|
STRAAT Museum, NDSM-Plein 1, 1033 WC Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 370 9630, straatmuseum.com
Last updated 19 April 2022. This article was first published in July 2021 and is regularly updated.