Stedelijk Museum

The exterior of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
After major renovations of the building and a futuristic new wing built onto the museum, the Stedelijk Museum and its more than 90.000 pieces of contemporary art collection is absolutely worth a visit. The collection shows works by figures such as Francis Alÿs, Thomas Hirschhorn, Mike Kelley, Appel, Chagall, Van der Elsken, De Kooning, Warhol and many others. Besides the permanent collection there are always temporary exhibitions as well.

The new wing hosts the public facilities such as the restaurant with terrace. In the basement you will find a huge open exhibition space.

During a short period at the end of the 19th century three great cultural buildings arose around today's Museum Square, then an empty meadow: the Rijksmuseum (1885), the Concertgebouw (1888) and the Stedelijk Museum (1895). With its gable end and small tower the exterior, built in red brick and with stone dressings, the design refers to 16th century Dutch Renaissance architecture. Over the course of the years the interior has been regularly modernised and adapted for the demands of the time.
 
Between 1920 and 1940 the largest part of the collection moved on to other quarters. Only after the early 1970s was the Stedelijk exclusively a museum for modern art. The Stedelijk possesses a collection of late 19th and early 20th century art.

After the latest major renovations until september 2012 - which lasted for almost a decade - the Stedelijk Museum is totally ready for the future. The new wing - already nicknamed 'The Bathtub' - hosts the public facilities as entrance, a museum shop and a restaurant with a terrace where you can enjoy a coffee, have lunch or dinner. Going down into the basement, you enter the biggest open exhibition space in Amsterdam of 1100 square meters.
 
Although the new building is unmistakably different in appearance from the original structure, it matches the scale of the 1895 building and has a direct, seamless connection to it on all floors. The two are fully integrated without either one being compromised. The white floating form, which spreads outward at the top into a broad, flat roof, is actually the envelope for the second-floor galleries, auditorium and offices above. It is entirely encased in glass at the transparent ground-floor level, which houses the main entrance and lobby, museum shop and restaurant.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum  Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum  Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum  Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum  Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum  Amsterdam
Address:
Museumplein 10, Amsterdam
Neigbourhood:
Amsterdam South
Contact:
+31 20 573 29 11
Open:
Daily: 10.00 to 18.00
Thu: 10.00 to 22.00
Book:
Tickets for Stedelijk Museum can be purchased at the entrance of the Stedelijk Museum itself.


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